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John Tory, Olivia Chow spar over Toronto public housing - The Globe and Mail
ELIZABETH CHURCH - CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 10 2014
TCHC  public_housing  John_Tory  Olivia_Chow 
october 2014 by jerryking
Five things all Canadian cities should stop ignoring
Aug. 20 2014 |The Globe and Mail | JEFF LEHMAN.
1. Don’s World
2. Resiliency.
3. Affordable housing.
4. Slaying the infrastructure deficit.
5. A new federalism.

Don's world = that Ontario governments need to adjust to revenues growing more slowly by reforming services and changing the way they do business. Cities must listen to this advice. This goes beyond controlling costs; services must be delivered differently if they are to be sustainable.
affordable_housing  affordability  Canadian  cities  Don_Drummond  federalism  infrastructure  mayoral  municipalities  P3  public_housing  public_sector  resilience  slow_growth  strategic_thinking  urban 
august 2014 by jerryking
Low-income, subsidized housing ghettos provoke violence
March 27 2013 | Share News | By PAT WATSON.

TCHC representation would matter because a significant number of the shootings and gun related deaths that occur take place in and around TCHC subsidized housing. The two common denominators of this crisis of youth shootings are being African Canadian and living in an environment of economic disadvantage.

Those who attended the summit heard that more than 75 per cent of the victims of gun deaths in Toronto are young, Black males. It’s been called gang violence, and it’s been called Black-on-Black violence, but the fact is that young, Black males who live outside of these low-income, social housing enclaves are not the ones engaging in and being the targets of shootings.
TCHC  Toronto  violence  African_Canadians  social_housing  public_housing  low-income 
april 2013 by jerryking
Community-housing scandal a gift from the gods for Ford
March 1, 2011| G&M | MARCUS GEE. the Fords can now claim
that their simplistic answer to all the city’s problems – just “stop the
gravy train” – is correct after all.

It isn’t, of course. As awful as it is to see public officials squander
precious resources this way, pampering themselves as public-housing
tenants wait to get broken windows replaced or graffiti removed, most
don’t spend their days having their nails done.

The city’s money problems don’t come from luxury-loving bureaucrats and
lavish Christmas parties. The real sources – like strong unions,
arbitrated wage settlements, a strapped provincial government, a costly
big-city transit system – are more complicated and harder to change.
Marcus_Gee  Rob_Ford  scandals  social_housing  TCHC  public_housing 
march 2011 by jerryking
Toronto’s backward on public housing: Get ’em out, not in -
Mar. 03, 2011 | Globe & Mail| Margaret Wente. Chocolates
and spa days aren’t what’s really wrong with Toronto’s public housing.
There are plenty of signs that the place has been mismanaged for years.
And the biggest problem is that the city’s got it backward. All the
focus is on getting people into public housing – not on getting them
out. In Atlanta, it’s the other way around. That city’s housing
authority doesn’t believe in owning buildings or playing landlord –
although it still does some of both. Its long-term aim is to move people
out of poverty and render itself obsolete. “Concentrating families in
poverty is very destructive,” Atlanta Housing Authority CEO Renée Glover
told The NYT. Over the past decade, the city has demolished a dozen
developments, and relocated thousands of residents to private market
rental housing with the help of voucher subsidies. The idea is to reduce
poverty by decentralizing it, and to gentrify poor neighbourhoods by
working with private developers.
Margaret_Wente  municipalities  housing  TCHC  social_housing  scandals  toronto  public_housing 
march 2011 by jerryking

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