Housing activists are protesting the City of Ottawa's plan to demolish low-income housing, in order to make way for Stage 3 of its light rail project.
City staff is recommending that 120 units of low-income housing in the Nepean Neighbourhood of Manor Village be demolished, in order to build the future Knoxdale LRT Station.
Ottawa's Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) says that would force the mass eviction of up to 300 low-income and working-class families.
According to the group, the city has responded by saying the tenants will have years to find new accommodation, but ACORN says it's impossible to find affordable housing in Ottawa.
Members of ACORN will be in the area of Tunney's Pasture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, to collect signatures in hopes of stopping the demolition.
“I raised both my Children here”. Peggy Rafter can not afford to leave her home of 30yrs in #ManorVillage to make way for the #LRT .Support by sending an urgent msg 2 the Mayor/Councillors b4 Transportation Committee's vote on Nov 2: https://t.co/KlNfsiKiiD pic.twitter.com/fvpQJt3KvY— Ottawa ACORN (@OttawaACORN) October 21, 2020
"If I lose this place I end up on the streets" Alison Trowbridge speaks out about recommendation 2 demovict #ManorVillage tenants 2 make way for #LRT .Support by sending an urgent msg 2 the Mayor/Councillors b4 Transportation Committee's vote on Nov 2: https://t.co/ARxGPpygJF pic.twitter.com/TtFg520MaW— Ottawa ACORN (@OttawaACORN) October 20, 2020