Client Profiles

Client Profile: Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes

June 27th, 2018 by Iler Campbell

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Bread and Roses Co-op is a non-profit housing co-operative located in downtown Kitchener.

The co-op, established in 1990, includes a provincially designated heritage building that was built in 1879 as a button factory. Before being renovated to house 21 of the co‑op’s 66 units, the building was variously used for shirt manufacturing, as a barracks during the First World War, and for manufacturing felt, mattresses and electrical supplies. It is one of the most significant heritage landmarks in Kitchener and is the only remaining industrial building in Kitchener with a peaked roof. The heritage building is joined to a modern six story building that contains 45 apartments.

Bread and Roses’ founders were ahead of the curve with their vision of converting an old industrial building into housing in downtown Kitchener. In 1990, few people lived downtown by choice. That’s changed. Kitchener’s downtown is now a trendy, upscale address and the co-op is a bulwark against gentrification. Read the rest of this entry

Client Profile: Turtle House Art/Play Centre

May 8th, 2014 by Iler Campbell

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Turtle House Art/Play Centre is a unique art-based organization in Toronto, designed primarily for children and families from refugee backgrounds. Turtle House uses art, including painting, clay work/ceramics, and music, to help children and parents from regions of conflict explore their creativity, play, express themselves and make meaningful  connections.

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Client Profile: North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce (NDACT)

April 4th, 2014 by Iler Campbell

NDACT is an incorporated, not for profit, entity which was formed in January 2009 by concerned citizens, including a number of farmers from Melancthon and Mulmur Townships.

NDACT was formed when members of the community gathered to voice their concerns about The Highland Companies plans to build a 2,316 acre “Mega‑Quarry” on more than 6,000 acres of prime agricultural land that they had amassed as of that date.

Concerned about the future of the croplands and water resources in the community and province wide, residents gathered together to rally opposition to the project.

Our relationship with NDACT goes back to 2011.  Iler Campbell provided NDACT with legal advice and assistance in their fight to stop the Mega‑Quarry and protect farmland and water in Ontario.

In late 2012 the Quarry application was withdrawn and in 2013 the land was sold to a farmland investment company.   Although this application has been withdrawn, there are still many communities around Ontario that are facing challenges with land use and agricultural protection.  NDACT continues to advance farmland preservation and the protection of water resources through its “Food and Water First” campaign.  You can find out more at

Client Profile: Mondragon Co-operative Homes Inc.

March 20th, 2014 by Iler Campbell

Mondragon Co-operative Homes Inc. is a housing co-operative located in Brampton, Ontario which has been providing affordable housing since 1983. Mondragon consists of seventy eight townhouse units ranging in size from one to four bedroom units in a beautifully landscaped neighbourhood complete with a park and community room.

Our relationship with Mondragon goes back to 2007 and in that time we have dealt with a number of corporate and member issues. Our relationship has strengthened however in the last few months. Starting in 2011, Mondragon volunteered to participate in a pilot program with Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and Alterna Credit Union with the support of its property management company, Homestarts, to refinance its existing mortgage with CMHC to provide funding for repair and upgrades to its building envelopes (foundation walls, siding, insulation, doors, windows and roofs) as well as to its furnaces and walkways.  Read the rest of this entry

Client Profile: Amsterdam Square Apartments Inc.

March 18th, 2014 by Iler Campbell
A full page ad in The Globe for "Toronto's most modern apartments" -- September 30, 1925. Click to view the full page (pdf).

A full page ad in the Globe for “Toronto’s most modern apartments” — September 30, 1925. Click to view the full page (pdf).

Amsterdam Square Apartments Inc. (ASAI) was founded in 1984 by the tenants who occupied the stately but somewhat neglected building on St. Clair Ave. West in Toronto, adjacent to Amsterdam Square Parkette on Avenue Road. The building had been erected in an astonishing four months in the summer of 1925: the permit had been issued in early June, and the building was almost fully occupied by the end of September the same year. It was advertised in the Globe newspaper as “Toronto’s Most Modern Apartments,” boasting central refrigeration, automatic elevators, and a valet who was to “make himself useful generally.” It was operated as a rental apartment building for six decades.

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March 12th, 2014 by Iler Campbell

Caribana™, Toronto’s famous celebration of Caribbean culture, started in 1967 as a one-off event in honour of Canada’s centennial — “a West Indian salute to the people of Metropolitan Toronto,” in the words of founding chairman Samuel Cole. The week-long festival proved so popular that Toronto Mayor William Dennison urged organizers to make Caribana™ an annual event.

In the decades that followed, Caribana™ has become the largest festival in Canada. That first parade attracted some 50,000 people. By 1990, Caribana™ had grown to host over a million revellers a year, with people travelling from around the world to attend and contributions to the economy reaching hundreds of millions of dollars.

Yet the festival was chronically underfunded.  Read the rest of this entry