Refugees may be housed in Humber Hospital

According to the CBC, Syrian refugees may soon be coming to Weston.

[Health Minister] Hoskins says while the federal government looks at housing options such as military bases, the provincial government is looking at recently decommissioned hospitals as one option — some of them in the GTA.

“We have a new Humber River Hospital, for example, that moved from three sites into one and the new Oakville Hospital will be moving out of their existing premises,” Hoskins told CBC News. “I’m not saying that is what will necessarily result in one of the places for accommodation but those are the opportunities I think we need to look at.”

The hospital was decommissioned in October and has been empty since. Councillor Nunziata has asked the province to ensure that it will not be sold to the highest bidder and will  forevermore be used for health care. One presumes this is not quite what she had in mind.

Ontario has promised to settle 10,000 of the 25,000 refugees Canada has said it will admit. The Church Street site had approximately 200 beds, however. 

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

8 thoughts on “Refugees may be housed in Humber Hospital”

  1. Hi Brigitte:

    As someone who lives a five-minute walk away I agree. This could be a real positive for our community.

    1) It puts Weston on the national map as a warm, welcoming, caring place that embraces Canada’s diversity. Gives us a chance to shine!

    2) Brings life to the abandoned site for at least a year or two and gives the community time to devise and rally around an appropriate long-term vision for the site that doesn’t involve a quick sale to a residential developer. My own thought on that: A campus type development with facilities that focus on elder care, aging, geriatrics. Might be ideal for a partnership with local college or York U (which, by the way, wants a medical school in its future).

    Let’s get the big community welcome ready!

    Cheers, Paul

  2. Does anyone know if there is something we can do (e.g. Food or clothing Donations, etc) to help these people?

    1. Perhaps some show of support for the idea to our Councillor Nunziata, and our new MP will help this happen. And the assurance that people are ready to pitch in to help.

  3. Makes me proud to have grown up in Weston.
    I wish the UK, where I live now, could be so positive and open to those that we are able to help.

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