Kingston: Update from Belle Park

The following is an update from Mutual Aid Katarokwi’s Facebook Page about a recent meeting between houseless residents of the Belle Park camp and the City of Kingston officials. For several weeks, ~40 people have been camped out in the parking lot of Belle Park following shelter closures amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The City opened a new shelter outside of the downtown area but many are refusing to live under the restrictive conditions in place, and feel safer together. Also see the recent Radio Pandemic episode about the evolving situation. Read More …

Hamilton: Statement on the Dissolution of HTSN

We are writing this brief message to formally announce the dissolution of the Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network (HTSN). This is a decision that our members have reached collectively, and without acrimony. Although this announcement may come as a surprise to some of our supporters, we are looking forward to the opportunities that this change will open up, and the new directions that it will allow us to take with our work. When HTSN was first established, our goal was to organize a federated network of tenant committees across the city of Hamilton. To that rather ambitious end, we have met and worked with hundreds of tenants from dozens of buildings in neighbourhoods across this city. Over the intervening years, we have concluded that meaningful organizing is a long-term process that involves the fostering and development of relationships built on trust and rooted in shared struggle. We now understand that this is better accomplished through involvement in more localized neighbourhood initiatives, rather than a city-wide organization with a superficial scope and programme. Read More …