TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ - Today, Wednesday, May 26, formerly and currently homeless Ontarians will launch a landmark legal challenge against the federal and provincial governments. Joined by housing advocates and their lawyers, the individuals seek a Court declaration that Canada and Ontario have violated their rights under section 7 and section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by creating and maintaining conditions that lead to and sustain homelessness and inadequate housing.
The Applicants' lawyers will argue that both the Charter and international law require that Federal and Provincial governments implement effective housing strategies that will reduce homelessness and sub-standard living conditions.
When: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 11:00am Where: Superior Court of Ontario, 361 University Avenue, Toronto Who: Jennifer Tanudjaja, one of the applicants in the challenge, will speak to how low-income people are affected by inadequate housing and why she is involved. Tracy Heffernan, lawyer for the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, will outline the legal challenge and housing crisis facing thousands of people in Canada. Leilani Farha, Executive Director, CERA - Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, and expert in international human rights will speak to how United Nations rights monitors have called on Canada to end homelessness in accordance with international human rights obligations.
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For further information: For further information: Media contact: Yutaka Dirks, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, (416) 597-5855 x.5243 or 1-866-245-4182 x.5243