50 Years!

In 1970, mothers living in the then newly built Raymur Social Housing Project (today known as Stamp’s Place) were concerned about the safety of their children crossing a set of active railway tracks to attend nearby Seymour Elementary School. After months of petitions, letters, and speeches to City Hall: a group of 25 mothers —many of them low income, women of colour, and single moms— fed up with City and rail company inaction, staged a sit-in on the tracks, effectively blocking rail traffic.

These moms came to be known as the Militant Mothers of Raymur, their action galvanized the community, and ultimately spurred the City and railway to respond with safer train crossings and the construction of the Keefer Street Pedestrian Overpass.

Ray-Cam opened in 1976 as a social recreation centre and food co-operative, and over the years has developed into a full fledged community-run service centre. The genesis of the centre goes back even further to the Militant Mothers of Raymur. Their action in the winter of 1971 staged a sit-in on nearby railway tracks to protect the safety of their children.