165 Cosburn Ave.

165 Cosburn Ave.: garbage in the garage

If you look up the city’s Municipal Licensing & Standings division, there are many buildings around the city being audited because of tenant complaints about building conditions. In 2011 the city audited the apartment building at 165 Cosburn Ave. in East York after residents complained about property standards pertaining to the parking garage. Six years later, the building still has problems.

165 Cosburn Ave.

New tenant bylaws may improve living in East York buildings

Effective July 1, 2017, landlords in Toronto are expected to register with the city for the units they rent out, and pay a $10.60 annual fee for each unit. Landlords are also subject to do cleaning, maintenance and implementing security protocols, and must regularly conduct pest inspections. The bylaws will affect over 3,500 buildings across the city.

Sponsors of Syrian refugee family wanted to make a difference

The Toronto couple acknowledged that they had been moved to sponsor a Syrian family with children after the sheer tragedy of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead on the beaches of Turkey. The couple joined an existing private sponsorship group, Kensington Assistance for Refugees (KARE), last year.

Syrian refugee family about to move into permanent home in East York

Two former producers from the CBC are busy collecting furniture to help “their” family of Syrian refugees move to an apartment in Crescent Town in Toronto’s East end on June 1, 2017.
Jim Handman and his wife Renee Pellerin are a part of a Toronto sponsorship group called Kensington Assistance for Refugees.

Migrant workers in rural Ontario live in ‘slavery’-like conditions: activist

Imagine living in a garage, the size of two cars, with 25 other people. Imagine having to do that and also to share three washrooms. It’s an example of the modern slavery atmosphere in some rural Ontario farms that never gets talked about, according to Chris Ramsaroop, an activist with Justicia for Migrant Workers.