Housing & Community Rights

To build a participatory city, we must first reclaim our neighbourhoods. Here you will find citizen views and perspectives on building inclusive and democratic communities where everyone can contribute to its development.

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The Paris Commune 1871: 150th Year Anniversary of the First Socialist Government

Originally published by Alternatives International. Saturday 1 May 2021, by Donald Cuccioletta The French Revolution of 1789 opened up a period of French history that led to the first socialist government, The Paris Commune 1871. The French Revolution of 1789 ushered in an attempt, sometimes successful sometime not, to create a form of republican democracy. The overthrow of the French […]

Grassroots Movement Facing Big “Urban Developments”

Grassroots Movement Facing Big “Urban Developments” In 2007, the Quebec provincial government, in collaboration with the City of Montreal, chose to shut down and empty out some well-known city hospitals, such as the Hotel Dieu, Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria, and Notre Dame. Their project was to replace these with two super hospitals; one in the west end of Montreal under [...]

Montreal’s bottom-up social democracy

Montreal's Bottom-Up Social Democracy This article was originally published on Progressive City. Residents of St-Henri, Montreal display a collective art project at a protest-assembly in front of the borough's city hall to demand public ownership of the derelict Canada Malting factory. The text reads: "St-Henri, my neighborhood is not for sale", "a meeting place for everyone", and "my garden". Montreal [...]

Opportunities for the Montreal Urban Left

Opportunities exist for an organized urban left one year into the Projet Montréal administration’s mandate. That was the key message of a recent event organized by the Montreal Urban Left, an initiative launched in the wake of the 2017 Montreal election.

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