Bill 184 Protest
Toronto Bill 184 Protest, Protesters gathered at Queen’s Park and in front of Toronto Mayor John Tory‘s condo building on Monday to rally against an Ontario bill advocates say will make it easier for landlords to evict tenants as coronavirus regulations continue to ease.
Some protesters reported being pepper-sprayed, but police said tear gas and pepper spray was not used by officers.
The bill, if passed, would provide a number of new avenues for landlords to both evict and collect unpaid rent from current and past tenants.
Currently, cases involving back rent and evictions are heard before the Landlord and Tenant Board. Bill 184 would allow landlords to offer tenants their own repayment plan.
Aaron Matthews said he wanted to attend the protest in support of those who could be at risk of losing their homes.
“This is a death sentence because when you sign that if this bill gets passed if you have any missed payment on that at all, you can be evicted without having a proper hearing at the Landlord Tenant Board,” he told Global News.