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Tory meeting with PC leader after Liberals fall short on community housing funding

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, May 1st, 2017

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Mayor John Tory is meeting with Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown on Monday, after Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s budget fell short when it came to housing.

Over the weekend, Tory once again called on Queen’s Park for financial help when it comes to much needed repairs at Toronto Community Housing (TCH) buildings.

Tory said community housing should not be the sole responsibility of the city because the city doesn’t have the same tax tools as the province to raise revenue needed to keep these buildings from falling apart.

“The housing repair backlog was allowed to build up to the point where it totaled more than $2.5-billion,” said the mayor, speaking outside of a TCH complex in Rexdale.

“And beyond the money, it really represents a state of repair in those housing units for people who live in them that is unacceptable.”

Tory said that makes no sense and should be a source of embarrassment for everyone involved.

City housing council advocate, Coun. Anna Bialous, said this is a problem long in the making. She said the city will be spending $350-million next year alone on affordable housing, a $100-million increase from this year.

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