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November 25, 2020 44 min

What happens when capital markets and individual landlords control access to a fundamental human right?

A house or condo has changed from being a place to live, and a shelter for families, into a profit-making business – something to help us retire earlier.

Join us as Alyssa Brierley, human rights lawyer, explains the reasons for the global housing crisis, shares real-life stories of tenant eviction and discrimination, and challenges us to put people before profit.

In this episode:

We talk about:

  • Acknowledging the land we’re on
  • Homelessness – it’s not just on the streets
  • Two reasons for the housing affordability crisis
  • Why tenants are being evicted into homelessness
  • Financialization – the business model of de-housing vulnerable people
  • How landlords legally, but immorally, coerce tenants into leaving
  • Landlord fraud – evicting tenants on false pretenses
  • Housing as a human right, vs. a market commodity
  • The privilege and responsibility of landlordship – enabling the right to life
  • CERA work for tenants’ rights

  • Full transcript available at:

    Guest Bio and References/Links

    Alyssa Brierley is a human rights lawyer and the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA). Alyssa previously served as a United Nations advisor on the right to food, and a policy advisor to the provincial government and Ontario College of Teachers. She is currently completing her PhD in political science, and has done extensive work researching and defending various human rights, including housing and health.

    Contact CERA and Alyssa:

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    Music Credits
    Intro Music:
    What Words Can't Describe, by Vlad Gluschenko
    License: CC BY 3.0:

    utro Music:
    Beautiful Modern Rock Pop Guitar All Goodness Background Music, by Royalty Free Music
    License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0:

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