Shane: an undercover cop in Hamilton, ON

He was here – on and off – for about 2 years, first appearing in the Summer of 2016.

His name is “Shane”.

That’s his undercover name, and his real name. “Shane Bond”, is what he told us – with “us” being the different communities and circles in Hamilton he tried to infiltrate. Read More …

Hamilton Rent Strikers Bring Demands to Landlord’s Doorstep in Ottawa

For years, tenants have swallowed the landlord line that rent increases are simply a routine levy to provide necessary upkeep to buildings. Too often the profit-driven mechanisms of the real estate industry are hidden behind the curtain of landlord spin and nice-guy superintendents. Since the growth of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and other more aggressive forms of investment into multi-residential properties, working-class tenants have been feeling severe pain and insecurity over their housing, forcing them to organize out of the sheer necessity of collective self-defence. Peeling back the surface layers of the landlord industry, they see where the rent increases that they’re forced to swallow actually go: into mansions — big mansions — and luxury cars, $10,000 suits, yachts, and every other gross display of opulence imaginable.

Such was the case last weekend when striking tenants from the Stoney Creek Towers in Hamilton trekked to Ottawa with their supporters to confront the executives from InterRent, a REIT with an investment strategy based around displacing working-class tenants from their neighbourhoods. Read More …

Hamilton: Rent Strikers Rally Outside of Tenant Board

From It’s Going Down Report from the Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network about their ongoing rent strike. Dozens of Stoney Creek Towers rent strikers and their supporters from across Hamilton (as well as fellow tenants from Parkdale Organize in Toronto) rallied outside the Landlord & Tenant Board this morning. 33 tenants have a hearing scheduled this morning, the first of several scheduled for this month. Landlord InterRent REIT and property manager CLV Group Read More …

Hamilton: Keeping our Guard Up and Moving Ahead

Submitted anonymously to North Shore With The Tower about to reopen at its new location, it seems like a good moment to take stock of our situation. The weight of repression in Hamilton has not gotten any lighter, but we have gotten more used to and maybe even more skilled at carrying it. That said, it’s too soon to say the storm has passed and we face challenging times ahead. Read More …

Hamilton: Honouring the Legacy of Pride and Riots

Submitted anonymously to North Shore This past Sunday marked the passing of yet another Hamilton Pride, complete with all the rainbows you can pack into a swag bag and a good measure of generally joyful times had by all. The stage was set for this gathering of Queers in Gage Park – a cornerstone of Hamilton’s public spaces – and it was billed as a day of family fun, free Read More …

Beyond Support: Update on Locke St Defendants and a Proposal for Beginning to Organize Solidarity

Submitted anonymously to North Shore Counter-Info Before giving updates on the Locke St defendants, it’s worth taking a moment to put things in their context and to remember that these seven people are accused of participating in a struggle against gentrification in the city. This struggle has taken countless different forms over the years, from mass meetings, to stickers and posters, to broad-based organizing, to counter-demonstrations and pressure campaigns. The Read More …

Statement from Defend J20 on the unfolding repression faced by comrades in Hamilton

From Defend J20 Resistance There is a rapidly developing situation in Hamilton, Ontario that we would like to help draw attention to. While not all of the defendants or supporters of the current DefendJ20 effort may call ourselves anarchists, we all see a certain commonality in our ideals with the anarchists in Hamilton currently resisting repression. On the morning of June 1st, authorities announced new arrests and warrants in regards Read More …

New arrests in Hamilton and Montreal: Updates, and call for support

From Hamilton Anarchist Support We write this just to give a quick update on the rapidly changing situation in Hamilton. since yesterday, May 31 2018, three more people have been arrested in connection to the so-called Locke St riot: one was picked up by the SPVM in Montreal and was flown to Hamilton, where they are in custody awaiting a bail hearing, and the other two were arrested in Hamilton. Read More …