My latest investigation with CBC News looked into the decrepit housing conditions in Montreal. In daily news, we rarely get the opportunity to look at the bigger picture. How do people end up trapped in Montreal’s run-down apartment buildings? Why aren’t local and provincial governments doing more?
Here’s a series of stories I rolled out on TV, web and radio that examine the problem of low-income housing in Montreal.
The ‘depressing’ future of affordable housing in Montreal:
Low-income Montrealers forced to choose squalor or the streets, tenants’ groups say
When John found out the City of Montreal would be evacuating his building, he felt it was like winning the lottery.
“It’s like now, I’m going to move into heaven after three years.”
John is lucky – he’s leaving behind the rats for an apartment he describes as “a palace.”
But there are more than 53,000 Montrealers waiting for social housing; most of them will wait an average of four years before they get a spot.
Tenants’ rights advocates are afraid a recent funding loss means that’s only about to get worse.
Radio Debrief (Live): Tenant takes landlord to court
CBC’s Jaela Bernstien bring Daybreak the story of a Montreal man who will be in court today to face off against his landlord. Tejinder Singh says his landlord kicked him out of an apartment that belonged to him and owes him thousands of dollars.
Montreal landlord to get $130K subsidy despite court challenge
“Sometimes we think, in the mind of central city… tenants from Montreal [are] not important. It is the building and the relations with the owner [that are important].”
–ANDRÉ TRÉPANIER, TENANTS’ RIGHTS ADVOCATE
Montreal refugee refuses to back down, takes landlord all the way to the Quebec Superior Court:
“It’s my apartment because I have, by law, the authority to go back”
— TEJINDER SINGH, TENANT