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| March 21, 2014
Photo: Erica Holt
| March 20, 2014

Poor People's History of East Downtown Toronto

For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless and poor residents go?

Disappearing homes: Legal perspectives on gentrification in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:30pm


Room 122, UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall
1822 East Mall
Vancouver, BC
49° 16' 8.49" N, 123° 15' 11.43" W

We are pleased to invite you to a collaborative panel between the UBC Law Centre for Feminist Legal Studies and the UBC Law Social Justice Action Network!

This panel will address the intersection between gentrification, equality, First Nations' rights and the law. This is a particularly interesting topic for Vancouverites, as some of our city's low-income communities face growing threats to their ability to remain in their neighbourhoods.

Come hear from three speakers, who will discuss this issue from the perspectives of community activism, legal work, and geography. 

This panel will feature:
Wendy Pedersen: Grassroots Organizer 


Exploding some of the myths about gentrification

October 20, 2013
| David Madden argues that gentrification is not synonymous with urban renewal. Madden is an assistant professor in the Sociology Department and the Cities Program at the London School of Economics.
Length: 15:46 minutes (14.44 MB)

Anti-gentrification activists attacked

September 17, 2013
| Esther Hsieh was interviewing three Downtown Eastside activists in a coffee bar when they were attacked by the manager of a nearby hotel. Wendy Pedersen and Beatriz Osario talk about what happened.
Length: 15:40 minutes (14.36 MB)
| July 25, 2013

Vancouver's Grandview-Woodland urban development plan: Whose options are really on the table?

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In conjunction with what seems to be the year of the developer, the recently drafted Grandview-Woodland Community plan brings a new take on density to Vancouver's Broadway and Commercial neighbourhood.


The Historial Moment in Turkey: Understanding the Gezi Resistance

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Octopus Books
116 Third Avenue
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 10.836" N, 75° 41' 18.582" W

What started on Monday, May 27, as a peaceful protest at the İstanbul’s Gezi Park to prevent the destruction of the public park for a gentrification project, has turned into a country-wide mass demonstration after brutal police attack. The resistance against the police violence and the increasingly authoritarian AKP government persists for more than a month now.

Join us to learn more about what is happening in Turkey, what caused the ongoing mass demonstrations, where this movement is going and to discuss how we act in solidarity with the struggle of the people of Turkey.

| July 5, 2013
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