ACORN NB holds protest at Legislature

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On Thursday, April 8, ACORN NB held a protest at the provincial Legislature in Fredericton.

Good turnout for Thursday’s protest. (Katie Herrington/The Baron)

ACORN’s demands

The protest is the group’s fourth since January, holding protests in Saint John and Moncton, as well. They have been consistently advocating for the following:

  • A two per cent rent increase cap;
  • a ban on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • full-scale reform of the New Brunswick Residential Tenancies Act, which was written in 1975.

Significant turnout

(Katie Herrington/The Baron)

Over 50 individuals were present for the socially distanced protest on Thursday. Several speakers took turns to speak about the varying issues regarding tenant rights within New Brunswick and how they have worsened during the pandemic.

Among the spectators and participants were Green MLA for Kent North Kevin Arseneau, interim leader of the New Brunswick NDP Chris Thompson, and several Fredericton-area municipal candidates.

What is ACORN?

(New Brunswick ACORN/Facebook)

One speaker and co-founder of the New Brunswick branch of ACORN, Sarah Lunney, is a political science student at UNB Saint John.

“ACORN is a non-profit union of low- to moderate-income people who are fighting for social and economic justice.

“Tenants are collectively working together to address the issues they are facing by pressuring the government to act on ACORN NB and the NB Coalition for Tenants Rights demands,” said Lunney.

While ACORN Canada started in Toronto in 2004, the New Brunswick chapter formed just in January of this year.

To learn more about ACORN, click here. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

NB Coalition for Tenants’ Rights

(NB Coalition for Tenants Rights/Website)

The NB Coalition for Tenants’ Rights’ mission is to “protect, promote, and strengthen tenants’ rights and the right to housing in New Brunswick.” You can learn more about them and find resources for tenants here.