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He fought to save Toronto Islanders from eviction. Now, they’re trying to evict him

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Thirty years ago, Don Sampson linked arms with fellow residents of the Toronto Islands to block sheriffs who had come to evict them. Now, the trust representing islanders is evicting him from his family home of over 60 years.

“I was on the bridge. I helped defend our homes. I had a role in fighting against our evictions,” Sampson said. “I voted for the trust and now I have to fight against the trust I helped set up.”

“I voted for the trust and now I have to fight against the trust I helped set up,” says Don Sampson, seen in front of his family home on Algonquin Island.
“I voted for the trust and now I have to fight against the trust I helped set up,” says Don Sampson, seen in front of his family home on Algonquin Island.  (Rene Johnston / Toronto Star)

At issue is the fact the deed to the family home was in his brother’s name. Sampson’s brother died two years ago and, unlike property in any other part of the city, the house cannot be transferred to him — despite the fact he’s named in his brother’s will — and must instead be sold by the trust to someone else.

On Dec. 20, Sampson, 61, received a letter from a lawyer representing the Toronto Islands Residential Community Trust Corporation giving him less than three weeks to turn over the keys to the house he was born and raised in.

“If the keys are not received on or before Jan. 7, 2019, the Trust will forcibly enter and change the locks,” reads the letter from Trust lawyer Bruce Lewis, obtained by the Star.

The letter goes on to inform Sampson that the house must be emptied of all possessions — for Sampson, two generations of furniture and heirlooms — otherwise they will be cleared out for him.

“The costs of the above, including all legal costs and a reasonable allocation of Trust administrative costs, will be deducted from the proceeds of sale,” Lewis states.

Sampson was born in the house on Algonquin Island and lived there until he was 30. He moved back full time two years ago to take care of his dying brother, Bruce, and says he’s being turfed out by a system that was supposed to ensure that people who live on the Toronto Islands can stay there.

“It’s terrible. Everybody knows I’ve been here my entire life. All my friends are here. My roots are here. I grew up here. It’d be heartbreaking for me to move out of my family home after 60 years,” he said.

Don Sampson's family home is on Algonquin Island. His brother took it over but has since died and now the Island Trust is making him sell the home as leases can only go from parent to sibling or spouse to spouse, not sibling to sibling.
Don Sampson’s family home is on Algonquin Island. His brother took it over but has since died and now the Island Trust is making him sell the home as leases can only go from parent to sibling or spouse to spouse, not sibling to sibling.  (Rene Johnston / Toronto Star)

The trust rules allow houses on the Islands to be passed from parents to children, or between spouses, but not from one sibling to another.

“The place has always been half mine, even though it wasn’t on paper,” Sampson said. “My brother always told everyone that it was half mine and he wanted me to take the home so it would pass down to my sons.”

Defenders of the rules say they have kept houses on the Toronto Islands affordable while the real estate market in the city has skyrocketed. Without the trust, the Islands would have become a playground for the super-rich, they say.

Trust board chair Lorraine Filyer told the Star she could not comment on individual situations due to privacy concerns, but said “the Trust is required to sell a house and land lease upon the death of the owner if the property has not been devised to a spouse or child.”

Filyer said she not aware of any exceptions having been made to this rule.

Toronto Island residents spent a generation fighting to keep their homes, starting in the 1950s, when Metropolitan Toronto began bulldozing houses to create parkland. The demolition crews began at the west end, and by the time they made it to Algonquin and Ward’s Islands at the east end in the 1970s, residents had dug in for a struggle that would last more than a decade.

The Supreme Court would eventually rule that Metro had the right to evict the Island dwellers, but a newly elected Ontario government under Bob Rae passed legislation granting them ownership of their houses and 99-year leases on the land.

When the first leases were signed in the early 1990s, fears that speculators would snatch up the idyllic waterfront lots and drive up prices drove the province and the residents to establish a trust to manage the purchase and sale of all Islands property.

That system, which requires those interested in buying houses on the island to win a lottery for a spot on a 500-person wait list, is overseen by the Islands Trust. When a resident wants to sell their home, the trust assesses the value of the house, declares a price and offers it to those on the wait list. There are no bids; wait-listed purchasers can only say yes or no.

“The Trust is mandated to provide stewardship of the Island Residential Community, ensuring that this community is maintained according to the principles which islanders fought hard for in their 30-year effort to retain their homes,” states the Trust’s website.

“One of the core principles of the Trust is to ensure that the sale of island homes and leases, which sit on public land, do not result in windfall profits for the owners … The system of regulated prices for homes and leases, sold only to people on the Purchasers’ List, ensures that this principle is maintained.”

“It’s terrible. Everybody knows I’ve been here my entire life. All my friends are here,” Don Sampson says.
“It’s terrible. Everybody knows I’ve been here my entire life. All my friends are here,” Don Sampson says.

The only exception to the wait-list system is a rule that allows parents to transfer their houses to their kids, or spouses to transfer their houses to one another. Transfers to siblings aren’t allowed.

Sampson’s parents bought the house on Algonquin Island in 1957 and raised Don and his brother Bruce there. They moved out to the countryside in 1976 and transferred the house to their sons. When it came time to sign the 99-year lease in 1993, Don had bad credit and could not get a mortgage for the $46,000 owing to the province, so Bruce took him off title and assumed ownership.

“He didn’t pay me anything for my share of the house. He was just holding it for me,” said Sampson. “I kept helping pay the taxes, I renovated the house, I always had an interest in the place.”

Sampson, who raised his three sons in an apartment in the city, moved back to the island two years ago to care for his brother, who had cancer. When his brother passed away, he thought that because he was part of the original community who fought and won the right for islanders to stay put, the trust would let him stay.

“They’ve made exceptions from the rules for longtime islanders before. I think that’s great. No one wants people to be thrown out on the street,” he said, saying a caregiver and a stepchild have inherited houses after an owner’s death. “Why won’t they make an exception for me?”

Sampson has set up a website, asking for members of the public to urge the trust to reconsider its decision to evict him and sell the house.

“The trust needs a wake up call,” he said.

Marco Chown Oved is a Toronto-based investigative reporter. Follow him on Twitter: @marcooved



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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