Only two days before Christmas, December 23, 1989, 10 men and women lost their lives in a fire at the single-room occupancy rental building named the Rupert Hotel.
In the aftermath of the devastation at 182 Parliament Street, a concerned group of tenants, landlords, community workers and housing groups formed the Rupert Coalition to create new housing and ensure upgrades to existing housing for low income people.
Contact:The Rupert Rooming House Coalition
Annual Rupert Memorial
17 years ago a fired raged through the Rupert Hotel (a downtown Toronto rooming house,) killing ten people and leaving dozens of others homeless. At the time of the tragedy a public inquest was held to determine ways of ensuring that such a tragedy would not be repeated in the City of Toronto. In spite of this inquest and the many recommendations that came out of it, people are still forced to live and die in sub-standard housing.
On Thursday, December 16, 2010, people will gather at the corner of Queen and Parliament to pay respect to the lives lost and shattered and to remind people that we cannot allow these tragedies to continue.
Last updated: September 10, 2010,
by Ontario Tenants Rights