There were mice, cockroaches, leaks, mould. Something had to be done

I arrived in Toronto at the end of 2008. I had migrated from Nepal, where I had fled in the early 1960s, not long after China occupied my homeland of western Tibet. It took a while, and a lot of hard work, to get my bearings. I studied at first, before starting work as an educational assistant. By the time my wife and children were preparing to join me in 2010, I was ready to rent a small apartment. After years of living precariously, our family was finally reunited and settled, part of a community.

Our home was in Parkdale, an area with many immigrant communities. It’s also close to the city centre and the increasingly desirable lake shoreline. By 2015, property prices in the area had started to increase. With wealthier people arriving, landlords spied an opportunity to increase their profits.

Continue reading…There were mice, cockroaches, leaks, mould. Something had to be doneI arrived in Toronto at the end of 2008. I had migrated from Nepal, where I had fled in the early 1960s, not long after China occupied my homeland of western Tibet. It took a while, and a lot of hard work, to get my bearings. I studied at first, before starting work as an educational assistant. By the time my wife and children were preparing to join me in 2010, I was ready to rent a small apartment. After years of living precariously, our family was finally reunited and settled, part of a community.Our home was in Parkdale, an area with many immigrant communities. It’s also close to the city centre and the increasingly desirable lake shoreline. By 2015, property prices in the area had started to increase. With wealthier people arriving, landlords spied an opportunity to increase their profits. Continue reading…