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Campus MIL: As new rector steps into role at UdM, new report documents serious impact of the campus on Park Extension and charts way forward through housing and COVID-19 crisis

What: Press conference to launch new report: “MIL façons de se faire évincer: Université de Montréal and Gentrification in Parc-Extension”

When: Wednesday, June 3rd, 10:30AM

Where: Place de la Gare Jean-Talon, in front of Metro Parc. (Location will allow for social distancing, please bring your mask)

Following Daniel Jutras’ entry into office as the new rector of the Université de Montréal, academics, researchers and community organizations are releasing a new report detailing the impact of the new Campus MIL and proposing measures to mitigate its consequences for Parc-Extension- a neighborhood that has been severely affected by both the housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Less than one year after the Campus MIL opened its doors, Parc-Extension residents are already feeling its impact. Evictions are on the rise, rents are skyrocketing, and support networks are destabilized as the housing market restructures to accommodate the influx of students and professionals. 

Despite many missed opportunities, the report stresses that it is not too late for Université de Montréal to take action and will be calling on the University’s administration to adopt measures to respond to gentrification in the neighborhood- namely by collaborating with community groups, offering on-campus student housing, and supporting social and community housing projects.

Confirmed speakers:

Shazma Abdulla, MES in Social Policy and Planning at York University and member of the Parc-Extension Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Amy Darwish, Community Organizer at the Comité d’action de Parc-Extension

Emanuel Guay, PhD student in Sociology at Université du Québec à Montréal and member of the Parc-Extension Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Norma Rantisi, Professor in Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University

Alessandra Renzi, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University and member of the Parc-Extension Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

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Contact

Alessandra Renzi, Parc-Extension Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: 617-982-8824 or alessandra.renzi@concordia.ca

Amy Darwish, Comité d’action de Parc-Extension: 514-992-1662 or cape@cooptel.qc.ca

Source:

*Parc-Extension Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

*Comité d’action de Parc-Extension 
http://comitedactionparcex.org/

*Réseau de recherche-action communautaire de Parc Extension https://communityactionresearchparcex.ca/members/