Support the Right to Housing legal challenge – in court May 27 & 28th

Important court case regarding housing in Ontario and Canada. If you are in Toronto, please attend, and show your support.

We need a national housing strategy now!

In the spring of 2010, several individuals and the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation filed a landmark legal challenge at the Ontario Superior Court. The ‘Right to Housing challenge’ argues that the governments of Canada and Ontario are in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for their failure to address, and their contribution to, the growing crisis of homelessness and inadequate housing. Almost 10,000 pages of expert witness evidence were submitted to support this case on National Housing Day in the fall of 2011.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have responded by seeking to have the case struck, before the evidence can be heard by a judge.

On Monday, May 27th and Tuesday, May 28th, Fay Faraday, Peter Rosenthal and the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario will argue that the case must proceed.

Amnesty International & the Economic Social and Cultural Rights Network…

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5 responses to “Support the Right to Housing legal challenge – in court May 27 & 28th

  1. I wish that the courts were accessible for those with Environmental Sensitivities.

    • I’m sure that by law they have to accommodate us somehow. Perhaps by teleconference if not in person?
      The AODA and CHRC (provincial or federal) state we need to be accommodated.

  2. Feds Seek To Dismiss Historic Housing Challenge
    May 23, 2013 by Wellesley Institute

    http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/housing/feds-seek-to-dismiss-historic-housing-challenge/

    … “Canada already recognizes the international legal right to adequate housing. Canada’s federal government is a signatory to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). Article 11 of the CESR sets out the right to housing and requires that signatories “take appropriate action to ensure the realization of this right.”

    This international legal obligation has never been incorporated into domestic law in Canada, so although the federal government recognizes the international right to housing, it does not want Canadians to use the courts to effectively realize this right. Section 7 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes the right of Canadians to “life, liberty and security of persons” – and legal experts have said that this necessarily includes the right to housing.

    Increasingly, Canadian tribunals and courts have been recognizing that Canada’s international legal obligations are binding in domestic law; and that domestic human rights laws include the right to housing. The Ontario Human Rights Commission has prepared both a detailed research report and a legal guide to the right to housing in the provincial context.” …

  3. The hearing of the motion will take place at Superior Court – 361 University Ave, in Toronto, in courtroom 4-2 promptly at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27. Hope some of you can make it!

  4. Toronto Star article:

    Landmark homeless Charter challenge may never be heard if government wins bid to quash case

    Ottawa and Queen’s Park in court to quash a Charter challenge that alleges their lack of policies perpetuate homelessness.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/26/landmark_homeless_charter_challenge_may_never_be_heard_if_government_wins_bid_to_quash_case.html

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