It’s odd, if you think about it, that with the advance of industrial capitalism we’re now born having to pay rent. There’s no place on the planet where you may be simply because you are. At least, I think it’s odd. And so does Tracy Heffernan, it would seem. She’s the program director at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the recent recipient of a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship from the Ontario Law Foundation.
According to the Law Foundation press release, her project:
will study the ways in which the Charter has already been used to advance social and economic rights, and will create a new directed research course for students at Osgoode Hall. Her fellowship will culminate in a symposium next year, at which an international group of experts will consider potential next steps towards establishment of a right to housing in Canada.
Heffernan was part of a group of social activist organizations that began an action in 2010 against the Crown and the attorneys-general of Canada and Ontario seeking a declaration that the federal and provincial governments have a duty under the Charter, which they have breached, to:
implement effective national and provincial strategies to reduce and eventually eliminate homelessness and inadequate housing