Low-income housing? Not in my neighbourhood

Low-income housing? Not in my neighbourhood

To begin with, I am not a property owner, so that makes my bias upfront and clear. I am a renter and am in the same boat as most Toronto renters who on average pay 50 per cent and upwards of their earnings toward their shelter needs. There are people in this city who pay almost 100 per cent of their monthly income into shelter.

I’m reminded of a recent Toronto Star article that refers to a 62-year-old former construction worker, now unable to work due to a back injury. His monthly support payments of $1,200 cover the $1,011 rent for his apartment in Scarborough, so he eats thanks to food banks.

Imagine a future in this city in which the majority of low-income earners will, for the most part, live outside the city centre. Bear in mind that the majority of low-income earners are members of immigrant communities and are identified as being of visible ethnicity.

Already, a silent trend of suburban homelessness has taken hold.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has declared housing to be a human right. That is, it is a human right if you hold a strong belief in the sanctity of human life. Most of us do. Yet, some human beings hold the sanctity of their individual life as more valuable than that of other human beings.

Now, there are multiple ways in which we humans select our tribes.
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Michael Brelo



Michael Brelo (1984?- ), a White American police officer in Cleveland, Ohio, was cleared of all charges in the police killing of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell in 2012, both Black, both unarmed.

malissa-williams-timothy-russell Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.

On November 29th 2012, Russell and Williams drove by a Cleveland police station in their old 1979 Chevy Malibu when it backfired. The police thought it was gunfire and gave chase: 100 police officers in 62 cars for 20 minutes and 22 miles (35 km), hitting speeds of up to 100mph (160kph). It ended in a shoot-out: 137 bullets in 18 seconds by 13 officers. For the last 7.4 seconds, Brelo jumped up onto the hood of the car and fired the last 15 bullets down on them through the windshield.

chevy-malibu-windshield Williams’s and Russell’s car after the police shoot-out in 2012.

Russell was hit 23 times, four of the bullets…

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Black Like Me, 50 Years Later


Black Like Me, 50 Years Later

John Howard Griffin gave readers an unflinching view of the Jim Crow South. How has his book held up?

John Howard Griffin
John Howard Griffin, left in New Orleans in 1959, asked what “adjustments” a white man would have to make if he were black. (Don Rutledge)
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