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Student journalist speaks out on rental bylaws

Now, we’re starting to see the Commission provide a check and balance against the ways municipalities have traditionally dealt with boarding houses, residential care facilities, and rental bylaws.

Rental bylaws, like the one that was recently passed in Waterloo, have serious impacts for us students. Now, specifically targeting students in a bylaw is illegal.

But nobody wants to see Northdale decline any further, nor do we want to see other parts of the city become student ghettos. The challenge is to regulate the rental housing market without shutting people out of it.

Source: Sam Nabi, Imprint (University of Waterloo), March 16, 2012.


“The issues are not trivial. Planners can either make human rights a focus, or continue to shrug them aside to the detriment of social well-being.”

Source: Sam Nabi, Imprint (University of Waterloo), March 16, 2012.


“We can change racism and the way people are getting treated badly around the world if we just think about giving the people we think are different from us another chance.” – Sujeththan, Grade 9


“If you see anyone who is getting bullied or harassed please try to stop them and try to help them.” – Sujeththan, Grade 9


“I think that the Human Rights Act is a very helpful and useful thing … It tries to do away with discrimination as much as it can so no one will be left out because of their race, colour, or religion.” – Nicolas, Grade 9


“I believe that all men and women should have the same rights.” – Tenzin, Grade 9


“The S.S. St Louis reminds us of the struggle of 937 Jews and the many sacrifices they had made to be on the ship that was supposed to sail them towards freedom. I think that Jewish people on S.S. St. Louis felt abandoned, neglected, and unwanted … Canada has to look back at their past and think about what happened when S.S. St. Louis came to Canada for help and freedom.” – Chimme, Grade 9


“We wouldn’t need jails because no one would have a reason to commit crimes.” – Obediah, age 10


“People would live longer and make new inventions because they would have more time because there wouldn’t be wars and conflict.” –  Emet, age 9


“Less people with mental disabilities would be homeless.” – Obediah, age 10


“In a couple years down the road, I would like for the awareness of Human Rights to increase within the youth demographic. I believe that if the youth are more aware of their rights a lot of the issues which are currently happening will decrease immensely.” – Diriye, age 20


“Knowing my rights has helped me in my life by giving me the knowledge to understand what is and what isn’t acceptable in terms of discrimination. I also know what I’m entitled to as a Canadian citizen and I use that to my advantage every day.” – Tracy


“My name is Gasira and what human rights means to me is equality for everyone and peace of mind. I am not scared to get a job or go out because I know I am protected against any form of discrimination.” – Gasira, age 14


“Human rights means to me equality amongst everyone. It means to openly practice your religion, culture, etc. without being worried that someone will say something. It means that every one is equal and no one should be above anyone.” – Luula, age 17

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