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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 25th, 2021

HALIFAX I have this thing about cockroaches, Marjorie Pemberton says, her shoulders hunching and her lips pulled into a thin frown. Theyre nasty little bugs. They see you and they crouch. Then when they see you see them, they run. And they are so fast.

Unfortunately for Pemberton, who lives within a string of aging brick buildings along the 500 block of Herring Cove Road in the Spryfield area, cockroaches are a constant part of her life.

So are mice, rats, and bedbugs.

You cant put any food out on the counter. You cant thaw out meat because theyre on top of the plastic trying to suck through, she says.

The seemingly permanent infestations are made even worse by the fact that the 500 block buildings are in a constant state of disrepair: residents say rotten floors, holes in ceilings and walls, black mold, and broken doors and windows are common.

But when they ask their landlord for basic repairs and pest control theyre met with delays, excuses, or even outright silence.

That landlord is MetCap Living, a third-party property management company that runs dozens of apartments in the HRM and hundreds across Canada.

Pemberton says shes never seen anything like how poorly the company treats its tenants and the buildings it manages.

Theyre humiliating us. Theyre not decent to us You call to report a repair and you might get an answer within 24 hours, or maybe you wont. Maybe youll never hear from them. They dont seem to care at all, she says.

MetCap spokesperson Michael Guyette later told Huddle in an email statement the company is proud of the buildings we manage.

Guyette said there are many ways residents can communicate with us and our team to get things done, including work orders or a customer service line, and said MetCap is committed to completing work orders on a timely basis.

Mold in one of the 500 block units. Image: ACORN

On February 23, Pemberton joined a group of residents and supporters to protest MetCap and serve them with a list of demands.

It was a long list, full of things that would be table stakes for most landlords: treating units for bedbugs; regular pest treatments; completing basic repairs; responding to tenants with outstanding repair requests; regular cleaning of common spaces.

No one from MetCap was in the companys Herring Cove office to hear the residents out.

Speaking to the crowd shortly before the march, 500 Block resident Patrick Donovan said the goal was to get MetCap to engage with its tenants and address these issues.

We are not here to put Metcap out of business. We are here to get Metcap to sit down at the table with us and take responsibility, Donovan said.

Later, Donovan walked through his buildings dim hallway to a communal laundry room, showing off the state of disrepair.

A shared laundry room in one of the 500 block apartments. Image: Trevor Nichols/Huddle

Most of the flooring in the room was gone, there were holes in the wall, and what looked like busted molding piled behind washing machines.

He said things were often worse in his own unit.

Once, he said, his front door fell off its hinges, trapping him inside. He was forced to pry it open with a chisel so he could leave. Eventually, he had to get a friend to come by and fix it.

LeighAnne Kenney has similar stories. Right now, she says, a patch of mold is blooming on her bathroom ceiling in a space where the paint has peeled away. She says her property manager came to inspect it weeks ago and shes heard nothing since.

Kenny, who says she pays about $600 a month in rent, is on a limited income and cant afford to moveor the rent increases she says seem to happen every year.

Most of the other tenants are in a similar situation.

Pemberton says the 500 block is the end of the road for a lot of people who are suffering from Halifaxs tightening housing market.

People dont want to live here but they cant afford to move because the city is at zero occupancy. Theres no affordable housing so were stuck, Pemberton says.

Although Halifaxs vacancy rate isnt quite at zero percent, it is far lower than it should be for a healthy rental market. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation pegged the citys vacancy rate at 1.9 percent in 2020. That was a jump from the 1 percent vacancy in 2019.

Damage to LeighAnne Kenneys Ceiling. Image: Facebook

Ideally, a citys vacancy rate should be around 3 percent for a healthy market. Halifaxs historical long-term vacancy rate is 3.8 percent.

Thousands of new homes are scheduled to be built in Halifax in the coming years, which should be good news for renters like Kenney and Pemberton squeezed by a tight market. However, the citys population is still growing faster than housing is being built.

Pemberton says that leaves space for companies like MetCap to take advantage of people at the bottom of the market.

She says problems with credit checks, securing reference letters, and the cost of damage deposits all prevent people from getting out of terrible living conditions.

People living in poverty, theyve been hanging on by their teeth and nails for so long, they have no credit, she says. Many are behind on rent and will never be able to get a reference letter from MetCap so they have no other place to go.

Theyre preying upon us. The slumlords are preying upon us, she says.

Pemberton and Donovan share a three-bedroom apartment in the 500 block, where they pay about $850 dollars a month in rent.

Where are we going to move to? We can barely afford the rent here, Donovan says. If I hadnt found Marjorie neither one of us would be eating.

Pemberton, Donovan, and Kenney say those concerns seem to be falling on deaf ears at MetCap. However, they plan to keep pushing the company.

Remember, theres no power like the power of the people and the power of the people will never end as long as we stay together, Donovan says.

Trevor Nichols is a staff writer with Huddle in Halifax. Send him an e-mail with your story suggestions: [emailprotected]

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 13th, 2021

HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 9, 2021 /CNW/ - A number of individuals will appear in court on March 8, 2021 to face charges stemming from an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) related to human trafficking.

In October 2018, the RCMP Hamilton-Niagara Regional Detachment and the CBSA Southern Ontario Region began a joint investigation into human trafficking by a group of individuals facilitating the entry of foreign nationals from Mexico to Canada, in Ontario and Quebec. The foreign nationals entered the country as visitors via Toronto Pearson International Airport, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. The investigation revealed these individuals were illegally gaining employment in different lines of work, mostly in the Hamilton-Niagara Region, through employment agencies operated by members of the group who had facilitated their entry into Canada. The foreign nationals were being exploited by the group members and their respective companies. Some of those agencies were identified as Nora Services, operated by Nora Rivera Franco, Trillium Management, operated by Christian Vitela and Bryan Enterprise Agency, operated by Miurel Bracamonte.

In July and September 2019, the RCMP and CBSA, in conjunction with the Hamilton Police Service, executed a total of 8 search warrants in the Golden Horseshoe area in Ontario; 7 in Hamilton and 1 in Milton. These searches revealed approximately 80 foreign nationals who were residing in sub-standard conditions, where many individuals slept on the floor on mattresses and the housing was infested with bed bugs, cockroaches and other vermin.

As a result of the investigation, the following 6 individuals have been charged:

These individuals are scheduled to appear at the John Sopinka Courthouse located at 45 Main Street East, Hamilton, Ontario. The RCMP and CBSA continue their investigation and further charges are pending.

"This investigation showcases how effectively the RCMP works with our partner agencies to combat crime and ensure the safety of all our citizens. The investigation uncovered a group of individuals exploiting foreign nationals, as well as manipulating our immigration systems and processes for personal gain and profit. I would like to further extend a thank-you and express appreciation to CBSA, Hamilton Police Victim Services Branch, Ontario Victim Services, City of Hamilton, Hamilton Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, Halton Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police, Niagara Regional Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Ontario Works, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC). The assistance of all of our municipal, provincial and federal partners with this investigation ensured a successful outcome with the foremost concern for the health and safety of the foreign nationals and the community."- Ann Koenig, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Hamilton-Niagara Regional Detachment

"This investigation demonstrates the effective collaboration between the CBSA and its law enforcement partners to prevent illegal activity in our communities. These partnerships are critical to the Agency's success in enhancing enforcement and intelligence efforts."Linda Robertson, Director (a), Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division, Southern Ontario Region, Canada Border Services Agency

Law enforcement agencies work diligently to make our communities a safer place to live, however your assistance in remaining vigilant and recognizing suspicious activities will help us be even more successful.

If you have information about any foreign nationals being illegally employed, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.

If you wish to report criminal activity in your area, you can contact your local police, the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020, or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), at any time.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 5th, 2021

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Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on early Friday morning attempted to get Democrats to go on the record over the issue of court-packing during the Senates 15-hour budget reconciliation vote. Cottons proposal came roughly eleven hours into the Senates vote-a-rama, in which any senator had the ability to file an amendment to the budget resolution, as Democrats look to move forward with passing President Bidens $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan without Republican support. Democrats avoided a vote on Cottons amendment, citing the Byrd rule, which says anything passed during budget reconciliation must have to do with the federal budget. Come to think of it, should we be changing the Senate rules in the budget resolution? asked Senator Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), chair of the Judiciary Committee. Cotton fell short of the 60 votes needed to waive the law. If the Arkansas Republican had been successful, the Amendment could have given the GOP a foothold in the Senate rules to challenge legislation that would grow the high court beyond nine judges going forward. It would have added to the Senate rules that it was out of order to consider such legislation, making it so three-fifths of the Senate would be required to vote to overturn that rule if a senator wanted to debate such a bill. Many Democratic politicians, to include Joe Biden, to include a few senators in this chamber tonight, contorted themselves, twisting themselves into pretzels on the campaign trail to simply say we ought not pack the Supreme Court because we dont like their rulings, Cotton said in proposing the amendment. Cotton called the Democrats move to sidestep a direct vote on his amendment more contortions to avoid taking a simple stance on this issue. So I would invite my Democratic colleagues who have said they dont want to pack the court, simply waive this point of order and lets have an up-or-down vote on one of the most fundamental tenets of the rule of law, Cotton said. Court packing became a hot button topic on the campaign trail as progressives called to expand the court after Republicans moved to confirm judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court just weeks before Election Day. Barretts confirmation gave the Court a conservative majority. Barretts confirmation, which Democrats saw as hypocritical in light of Republicans refusal to allow former President Barack Obamas Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to receive a confirmation hearing in 2016, sparked calls to pack the court. Biden and Senate Democrats have remained elusive on the issue, sidestepping questions on whether they would support expanding the court. Biden never gave a definitive answer on the issue, instead vowing to create a commission to study potential court reforms. Durbin hit back against Cottons proposal, saying: The Constitution does not stipulate the number of Supreme Court justices. Thats up to Congress. Congress has a long history of altering the makeup of the court, he added. For the record, there is exactly one living senator who has effectively changed the size of the Supreme Court: Thats Senator McConnell, who shrank the court to eight seats for nearly a year in the last year of the Obama presidency.

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OTTAWA, Ontario (CTV News) Of the very few good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, bed bug sightings plummeted in 2020.

In a report released on Tuesday from Orkin Canada, bed bug sightings dropped by 20 per cent in 2020, marking the first decline in the five-year history of the report.

Bernie Grafe, Orkin Canadas branch manager for the Greater Toronto Area residential division, said the pandemic is the primary factor behind the decline.

Bed bugs are hitchhikers, he said in a phone interview with CTVNews.ca. As people move around and visit, travel, go to work, go to public places, hotels, long-term rentals, you name it, they are essentially transporting the bed bugs around.

Youre not seeing a lot of people congregating in higher percentages and areas, so therefore the bed bugs are just not spreading.

Grafe said this is a trend Orkin Canada is seeing nationwide, but warned that this decline may go away when the pandemic ends.

Once the lockdown is released and one day there is a sense of normalcy, we will again see that spike go up just from that natural social behaviour, he said.

Bed bugscan lie dormant for several months at a time, meaning bugs in an office may still be alive when office work resumes.

People going back to work who havent been in to these environments for the last eight, nine, 10 months, those bed bugs are going to be hungry, he said.

Grafe said there arent any chemical treatments available that can prevent bed bugs from entering the home, meaning vigilance is the best method to keep them from spreading.

The biggest form of prevention is awareness, and that is through inspections and visually inspecting the environment that youre in, especially with hotels and long-term rentals, he said.

Grafe said its key to inspect the bed, behind picture frames and curtains for any bugs or fecal matter that the bugs may have left behind. He also recommends a thorough inspection of your office setting.

The report also included the Top 25 cities for bed bugs in Canada, with Toronto topping the list, followed by Sudbury, Oshawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

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Toronto has topped Orkins list of worst Canadian cities for bed bugs in 2020.

In the pest control companys annual list, Toronto is followed by Sudbury in second place and Oshawa in third place.

However, it appears that bed bug sightings were down overall for the year, which Orkin said is likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in less opportunities for these hitchhikers to move around, a news release from the company read.

The company said that as the economy begins to reopen, bed bugs will likely become a growing problem again.

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Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it should not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on the Canadian market, the release said.

Orkin said the list is based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments done by the company throughout the year.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 27th, 2021

SUDBURY -- A city in northern Ontario has topped a list that no one wants to be on, Orkin Canada's top 10 bed bug cities.

Sudbury has taken the No. 2 spot behind Toronto for the most commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by a Canadian pest control company in 2020.

However, there is a bright spot, as the company said in a news release that bed bug sightings are down close to 20 per cent nationally when compared to the previous year.

"Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in less opportunities for these hitchhikers to move around, for the first time since Orkin Canada released its annual survey five years ago," the pest control company said.

However, there is a risk for bed bugs spreading as the economy opens back up again.

"Beware of the return of borrowed office chairs," Orkin said. "Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it should not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on the Canadian market."

There are some tips to prevent bed bugs:

The top 10 Canadian cities with the most bed bug calls are:

Some of the changes from the previous year include, Toronto and Vancouver staying in the same spots, Ottawa fell from No. 5 to No. 10, and Whitby rose from No. 20 to No.8.

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Good night. Sleep tight. Dont let the bedbugs bite! Well, if you live or travel to one of these cities in Canada, Orkin Canada says you have a higher chance of you getting up in the morning with nasty rashes.

Bed bugs, the insects that live on the blood of humans and animals, are efficient hitchhikers and Orkin Canada, the countrys largest pest control provider, has released its fourth annual list of top bed bug cities based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company between the period of January 1 December 31, 2020.

Toronto tops the list with Sudbury and Oshawa claiming second and third positions respectively. Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke appear in the top twenty. Considering the fact that Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke are part of Toronto and not separate cities, the bug problem in Toronto must be really bad.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 27th, 2021

Eww.

They may be creepy, crawly, and downright disgusting, but they are extremely common in Vancouver.

Each year, pest control company Orkin compiles itslist of top bed bug cities in Canada. The company determinedits latestrankings based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out in each city between Jan. 1 and Dec 31, 2020.

According to Orkin, its ranking demonstrates"the national prevalence of this growing problem."

Canada's bed buggiest city is Toronto, followed by Sudbury, Ontario in second. The third most-infested city Canada-wide is Oshawa, Ontario.

This year, Vancouver ranked fourthon the list, which represents an improvement over last year when the city was the third most-infested Canada-wide. It was also the lone British Columbian city included in the ranking.

Winnipeg rounded out the top five, with St. John's ranking sixth most-infested. Scarborough came seventh, with Whitby in eighth. Edmonton took the number nine spot, with Canada's capital, Ottawa, rounding out the top 10 bed bug cities.

Orkin is also advising residents that the pesky critters may find themselves new homes over the winter season. Unfortunately, bed bugs are adept hitchhikers, and they can thrive in either clean or dirty homes.

Since bed bugs are talented home-hoppers, early detection is the best way to reduce the chances of an infestation.

The creepy crawlerscan move easily across a room and climb onto luggage or anything left on a bed in just one night

Some things you can do to reduce the risk of picking up bed bugs as you travel include:

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