The Briarpatch reading group

Briarpatch Magazine is hosting our first-ever reading group.

We’ll be reading “The battle for Heron Gate” written by the Heron Gate Tenant Coalition. Tenants in the low-income Ottawa neighbourhood of Heron Gate are fighting to save their community from one of the largest eviction campaigns in Canada. We’ll be talking about gentrification, the right to housing, and tenant organizing in Ottawa, Regina, and beyond.

It will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26 the Heritage Community Association, at 100-1654 11th Ave, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 0H4. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

You can read the article in our September/October issue, which you can subscribe to here. It’s also available for free on our website, here.

Free snacks will be provided.

Our reading group aims to inspire, incite, and deepen discussions of radical politics and action. For our first reading group we’re starting at home, in Regina, with an eye to eventually setting up autonomous readings groups across Canada that would meet regularly to discuss articles in the magazine. Get in touch if you’re interested in starting a Briarpatch reading group in your city: editor [at]

This event will be held in the meeting room of the Heritage Community Association, which is wheelchair-accessible and has a gender-neutral single bathroom. Please get in touch with any other accessibility needs.

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Mohamed Iman has lived in Heron Gate since 2009. His family’s home is one of many slated for demolition to make way for luxury apartments and condos. He worries that if Timbercreek is allowed to go ahead with their development plans for the neighbourhood, community resources like the Somali Community Centre and the school his children attend would all be demolished. Photo by Neal Rockwell.