ACORN Canada demands protection for rental apartments near Metrotown, Burnaby (Wed, June 10, 2015)

ACORN Canada is holding an action in Burnaby to demand protection for rental apartments at risk of demolition. ACORN stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Below is an excerpt from their announcement.

“WHERE DO RENTERS GO?” BC ACORN Action, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

  • BC ACORN’s “Where Do Renters Go?” Action
  • Wednesday June 10, 2015, starting at 12:00 pm
  • Where: 6380 Silver Ave at Beresford St, Burnaby, BC (5 minute walk from Metrotown Station)

BC ACORN members are asking government officials “WHERE DO RENTERS GO!?” as yet more and more affordable rental apartments get bought up, sold, and turned into luxury condominiums – forcing the displacement of hundreds of low- and moderate-income community members. One area that is a hotbed of developer activity is Burnaby’s Metrotown Area, and members are tired of seeing neighbourhoods being traded up, sold, or torn down like some sort of a Monopoly game.

BC ACORN members are staging an action at yet another Metrotown building slated for demolition. The “Where Do Renters Go?” protest on Wednesday June 10 is to demand Burnaby city officials and others to stop allowing the demolition of affordable rental housing.

Excerpts from their website (https://acorncanada.org/about):

ACORN Canada is an independent national organization of low- and moderate-income families. We have over 70,000 members organized into twenty neighbourhood chapters in nine cities across Canada. We believe that social and economic justice can best be achieved with a national active membership who are invested in their organization and focused on building power for change!

BC ACORN started organizing in 2005, starting with our first chapter, Surrey. Since then we have built up six more chapters across the lower mainland (New Westminster, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, Whalley, Guilford, and Newton). Some of our biggest victories include: Canada’s first living wage policy in New Westminster; the introduction of a healthy homes bylaw in Surrey; regulation of payday lending; and many local victories against slumlords!

Despite losing our office in an explosion in 2013, BC ACORN is stronger than ever and continuing the fight for healthy homes, disability rights, and closing the digital divide!

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