The Art of Resistance
e.312 - #DinnerWithAView: OCAP Toronto's Struggle Against Displacement and Homeless Deaths ft. Yogi Acharya
On March 13th City-hired crews descended on a homeless camp beneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway. Footage of tractors and heavy machinery clearing tents and personal belongings at Lake Shore Boulevard and Lower Simcoe shows clean-up crews and Toronto Police destroying these sites and removing the people who relied on the encampments for shelter.
Anti-poverty advocates in Toronto are pushing the city to call a state of emergency around issues of housing and homelessness, citing the City’s over-burdened and over-crowded shelter system, decade-long wait-lists for social housing and some of the highest figures of homelessness Toronto has seen in recent history.
Fred Victor, an agency offering shelter and transitional housing, says nearly 9,000 people sleep on the streets in Toronto. In 2018, 100 homeless people died on Toronto streets, particularly through extreme-weather warnings and deep freezes as city-run shelters and respite centres ran well over capacity.
Today we’re with Yogi Acharya of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty to discuss what the organization calls a state of emergency and how anti-poverty organizations are fighting back.
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