Suzanne Smoke isn’t going to give up one more inch of land without a fight — and she’s not alone.
The acting president of the American Indian Movement’s Ontario chapter is heading an Indigenous-led coalition fighting for meaningful consultation after Metrolinx, a provincial agency overseeing transit in the Greater Toronto Area, expropriated a section of land used for ceremony by First Nations people, as well as recreation and respite by residents of Toronto’s Mount Dennis neighbourhood.
“I’m willing to stand on that front line, and I’ll go to jail,” says Smoke. “I am so done with these developers and politicians that are just lining their own back pockets at the expense of brown people.”
At issue is a 1.5-kilometre stretch of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension. Unlike other portions of the $4.7 billion light rail line, this soon-t
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