Friday Jan 6, 2016
Doing a Little House-Keeping
Metrotown tenants to protest and picket evictions, could it happen in Chilliwack?
Alliance Against Displacement
Metrotown Tenants plan more pickets and rallies against demovictions.
Townhall discussion and planning session
Wednesday, January 11, 6:30pm
On Wednesday January 11, the Stop Demovictions Burnaby Campaign will begin working on a Peoples’ Plan for Metrotown. The City of Burnaby’s plan was drawn up by City planners behind closed doors with the input only of condo-developer-friendly politicians. We are inviting the residents who will be affected by development plans to be the centre of planning that development; join independent planners to draft a Peoples’ Plan for Metrotown under a vision that welcomes refugees and new immigrants (as this community always has) while protecting and developing new affordable and non-market rental housing with the services and jobs we need.
Rally and Protest
Burnaby’s Metrotown Plan
At a rezoning hearing in the fall, Mayor Corrigan claimed that Council has no choice but to plan the demolition of 3,000 units of rental apartments around Metrotown because of Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy. “There are 40,000 people coming into the Lower Mainland every year – where are they supposed to go?” he rhetorically posed. Corrigan’s story is that the new must replace the old, change is inevitable, and therefore current working class renters must be sacrificed for new, higher-income professional condo owners. But what if this didn’t have to be true?
At the end of November, Burnaby Council
accepted a draft version of a new development plan for the Metrotown
area that, if passed, will rezone and demolish more than 3,000 units of
affordable rental apartments and replace them with condo towers that
current residents cannot afford. Burnaby planners are now taking that
mass-demoviction plan around for info-sessions before Council votes on a
Stop Demovictions Burnaby Campaign
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