The Pointer

The Pointer


‘I have nowhere to go’: Brampton tenants fight back against loss of affordable units under threat of ‘demoviction’

David MacKay is 81-years-old and has lived at 507 Balmoral Drive for four years.  He likes his current living space. He likes the community and being able to walk his dog with his neighbours. And he likes that he is able to afford his accommodation, where rent is slightly lower than other units currently on […]

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Peel Police negligence forces withdrawal of fraud charges against man formerly in control of Children’s Aid Society finances

Peel police incompetence has, once again, led to the withdrawal of charges in a high profile case. A year-and-a-half of protracted courtroom appearances, delayed disclosure and postponed trial dates have led to charges against Marino Cader, a former Peel Children’s Aid Society employee, who had allegedly defrauded the organization of approximately $180,000, being withdrawn. The […]

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Developer converting St. Catharines’ contaminated GM site into homes ‘not prepared’ to pay for critical studies, delaying municipal plans for 1 year

Many St. Catharines residents may be feeling an eerie sense of deja vu as, yet again, development of the city’s former GM property faces delays. Since the property was sold by the automaker to private developers in 2014 there have been any number of promises to clean up the old industrial site and transform it […]

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Niagara Falls Mayor & council members reject direction from Ombudsman; maintain exorbitant $500 fee to complain about their own conduct

It should have come as no surprise to Councillor Lori Lococo that she would come up empty handed in her effort to get Niagara Falls Council to consider her Notice of Motion at their most recent meeting of April 9th, calling for easier access to oversight for all residents seeking to hold herself and her […]

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With ‘Caledon under threat’, over 150 residents meet to demand action from Town Council, Mayor Annette Groves

It was standing room only inside a church in Caledon East on Wednesday as over 150 residents gathered to question the decision making of Mayor Annette Groves, and demand change after what was described as a takeover of democracy by the rookie mayor, certain members of council and senior staff. The emergency meeting, hosted by […]

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‘Is democracy dying in Caledon?’: Residents outraged as Mayor Annette Groves rushes through questionable development, cuts them out of the process

Residents in the Town of Caledon are frustrated and fearful after recent council decisions have ignored their concerns, shut them out of critical public processes and left them wondering who exactly is planning the future of the town and its vast landscape of farmland and sensitive greenspace.  Over the last month residents have watched as […]

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Protest at Brampton Civic will push for better healthcare following release of Ontario Health Coalition report highlighting PC move to privatization

After a damning report from the Ontario Health Coalition accusing the PC government of purposely underfunding public health systems to finance the private sector, the organization’s local chapter has announced April 22 will be a day of protest at Brampton Civic Hospital to demand “Truly Universal Healthcare”.  The demonstration is currently scheduled to take place […]

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‘Renovictions’ on the rise in Ontario according to recent report by ACORN; cities should require building permits

A national organization that advocates for the rights of tenants is calling for all municipalities to require a building permit and engineering report to verify residents have to be vacated in order to do renovation work which is often just a guise to remove renters so that prices can be significantly increased. On February 28th, […]

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Patrick Brown’s ‘reckless’ $11B debt plan would cost taxpayers almost $2K more each year

Regional councillors wasted no time in quashing a motion by Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown which sought to push the Region of Peel $11 billion into debt. The move came as council members labelled the idea “foolish” and “reckless”, while staff suggested it might be illegal. A staff report presented at the July 6 Peel Region […]

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Peel Region Health Coalition organizing referendum on private versus public healthcare

Across the province, the Ontario Health Coalition and its regional chapters are organizing a vote to ask residents if they want to keep intact the public healthcare model, as the Doug Ford PC government moves forward with Bill 60 to introduce more private options to the healthcare system. “This is the question we’re asking — […]

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Brampton election sign chaos continues: FOI docs reveal council members trying to ban them outside used 1,083 illegally placed signs

The same Brampton Council members who passed a motion that bans outdoor election signs are responsible for 1,083 election sign violations during the recent municipal campaign — about a third had Mayor Patrick Brown’s name on them. When the motion was brought forward on November 23 by Rowena Santos, who had pushed to ban election […]

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‘Gag by-law to selfishly protect incumbents’: Rowena Santos’s Brampton outdoor election sign ban challenged by Canadian Constitutional Foundation

“In selfishly protecting their incumbent positions with this by-law by banning outdoor election signs outdoors on private property, Brampton politicians have trampled on the rights of residents to express their political opinions in the most crucial time — during an election.” That was the stinging statement by Christine Van Geyn, the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s litigation director, who […]

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