The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail are both reporting that Municipal Affairs and Affordable Housing Minister Kathleen Wynne is reversing her earlier decision (to wait for the Special Working Group report on the impacts of housing privatization) and will be approving the sale of the 65 homes. The sale of these homes was approved by Council last October. Wynne’s change of heart was influenced by Mayor Rob Ford, who “went over Ms. Wynne’s head to the premier with a June 7 letter demanding the province approve the sales right away.”
We are calling on tenants and supporters to respond to this right away! The province must stop this path to the massive sell off of housing NOW. With 619 more homes being considered for potential sale, Provincial approval for these 65 homes would set a scary precedent.
Contact Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty and demand that they both deal with the real issues that are facing tenants living in TCHC and the over 83,000 families that are still waiting for affordable housing. Demand that they stop the sell off and find real solutions to the repair problems in TCHC and the housing crisis this City is facing!
For more information, read this great piece by Michael Shapcott of Toronto’s Wellesley Institute: No Quick Sell Off
PLEASE CONTACT BOTH WYNNE & MCGUINTY TODAY! PHONE THEM! EMAIL THEM! WE NEED TO STOP THIS SALE NOW.
Minister Kathleen Wynne (her Ministry contact info)
Premier Dalton McGuinty