Nunziata votes to sell public housing

Frances Nunziata voted with Council to sell public housing to raise money for other TCHC repairs. 56 vacant homes will be sold.

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is in a tough spot. It needs $750 million for repairs to its properties. Funding from other levels of government has been hard to come by.

According to CityTV

“We need to do something now,” she said.

Nunziata, who sits on the TCHC board, said that the organization doesn’t have the money, a situation exacerbated by the downloading of public housing properties by the provincial government.

“We need the provincial government to give us funding,” she said. “But there’s no money.”

“In the meantime, we cannot keep deferring or try other options when we have tenants living in our housing in conditions that are just unbearable.”

The city is looking to unload the rest of its portfolio of standalone homes and move residents into apartment buildings. This would lower costs and raise enough money to pay off a significant fraction of the repairs.

None of the homes to be sold is in Weston.

Library may not have hours cut

A late-found pot of money means that library hours will probably not be cut While Frances Nunziata was predicting that library hours would have to be trimmed, Rob Ford’s allies on the powerful executive committee voted in the end to soften the tough 2012 budget and preserve library services.

Nunziata earlier told Correire Canadese that

cuts to the library system will not lead to closures… but rather to “the reduction of a few hours of operation.” She emphasizes that “taxpayers cannot pay out-of-pocket.”

In the end, however, City Council will be asked to cut the library budget by $3.9 million, instead of $7 million. According to the Star, library hours will probably not have to be reduced. Council will vote next week on the budget.

The extra money came from a $8.8 million surplus from higher-than-expected property tax revenues in 2011.

Man shot by police at Crossroads Plaza

A man was shot by Police at the Crossroads Plaza according to downtown media.

Police and the SIU are investigating after a man suffered multiple gunshot wounds at a North York plaza during a shooting involving Toronto police.

The incident took place Friday afternoon at Crossroads Power Centre, a commercial plaza on Weston Rd. just south of Hwy. 401.

Const. Wendy Drummond said police were called after reports of a person with a knife around 12:30 p.m. But no other details were available from police as the provincial Special Investigations Unit is now involved.

Events next week:

Monday, November 28, 2011: Unison Community Night, 1541 Jane Street, 5-8 pm

Unison has planned a community nights to engage with community members. For community members, it’s an opportunity to make their voices heard, get information about neighbourhood resources, talk about community issues, and spend a great night in a company of neighbours.  Activities to include: Open House that will feature Unison program and services as well as other resources available in the community, music and entertainment, fun activities for both children and adults, including Zumba workshop, drumming circle and face-painting, prize draw, light meal and community dialogues about neighbourhood priorities.   For more information contact Oleksandra Budna at (416) 587-8225 or [email protected]

 

 

Tuesday, November 29: CP Holiday Train, Lambton Yard (750 Runnymede Rd) 6:15pm – 7:15pm:

The CP Holiday Train will be visiting York South-Weston on at the. Parking only at Wal-Mart parking lot.

 

Thursday Dec 1, 2011 Personal Safety workshop for seniors with Toronto Police Constable Jim Lambe Weston Library. 1 p.m.

Join Toronto Police Constable Jim Lambe for an informative presentation on personal safety. Learn how to protect yourself against fraud, telephone scams, identity theft and other threats.

Free program, please call to register: 416-394-1016.