|Canada, Quebec City occupied building safe, -- fire departement|
Meanwhile, the city concilor responsible for housing said today that they are in negociation with community groups so that someone buy the squatted house and build a cooperative as soon as possible. He said that construction could beggin as soon as july! We didint have the time to check with our contacts in community groups, but that could be a good news (that is, if they abandon the idea of condominiums). More on this latter.
The squat was open friday may 17th by activists from the Comite populaire Saint-Jean-Baptiste at the end of a 300 strong march to denounce the housing crisis and demand social housings. The squatters have three main demands: that the occupied house be transformed into an selfmanaged housing cooperative; that a moratorium on any new condominium project be implemented until the vacancy rate goes up 3% and finaly that the provincial governement start a program to build 8 000 social housing units a year.
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