Bedbugs: A Conversation Hosted by University of the Streets Café

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On April 28th, University of the Streets Café hosted a discussion on bedbugs and their effects. University of the Streets Café is a program initiated by Concordia University that hosts conversations on a wide array of topics in various spaces throughout Montreal (https://www.concordia.ca/about/community/initiatives/streets-cafe.html). The discussion about bedbugs was titled, “Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite” and took place at Café l’Artere from 7 to 9 PM.

Bedbugs are becoming increasingly prevalent in Montreal, primarily in low-income neighborhoods. Moreover, the consequences of bedbugs can influence the mental, social, and even professional aspects of a person’s life. Therefore, this discussion, in addition to being informative in terms of combatting bedbugs, allowed for individuals to discuss their personal experiences and struggles with bedbugs.

The discussion began with an informative introduction led by André Trépanier. Trépanier is a tenant human rights advocate involved with CAPE, the Comité d’action de Parc-Extension (http://comitedactionparcex.org/). After the discussion, CKUT’s Soraya Mamiche interviewed several people who attended the event. Juniper Belshaw was the discussion moderator and is getting her master’s degree at Concordia University. Alex Megelas currently runs the University of the Streets Café program. Sasha Dyck is a nurse and resident of Park Extension.

If you have any questions about bedbugs, then you should contact your neighborhood housing committee. Additionally, if you have any questions about your rights as a tenant, then the Project Genesis website is a helpful place to start (http://genese.qc.ca/).

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