The Toronto Community Housing building at 5 Bellevue went without water this weekend, and politicians were quick to respond. Frances Nunziata, Chiara Padovani, and Lekan Olawoye each had a role, and all of it played out on Twitter.
Padovani’s and Olawoye’s teams came with bottled water for angry residents, and Padovani called for the Lions’ Pool to be opened so people could shower.
— Vote Lekan (@VoteLekan) September 23, 2018
I just got off the phone with the City. Councillor Nunziata has the authority to open the Weston Pool for residents to use the facility showers. Will you do this @FrancesNunziata? It’s been over 24 hours and residents need to access running water. #YSW #TOpoli https://t.co/vFea6XYGUX
— Chiara Padovani (@chipadovani) September 23, 2018
Meanwhile, Frances Nunziata was working behind the scenes.
Our office was made aware of the situation at 5 Bellevue Crescent on Saturday and immediately contacted Toronto Community Housing (TCH) to ensure that water was being provided to residents, and that staff were onsite to assist vulnerable residents by bringing water to their units and checking on their well-being.
When it was stated yesterday that the water may not be back on until today, Councillor Nunziata contacted senior management from TCH to express the urgency in getting repairs made so that residents would have access to water. …
As a result of these actions, last night the water was up and running again, one day earlier than TCH had originally promised.
With respect to Ms. Padovani’s comments – Councillors do not have the authority to open a pool. That being said, if there was reason to believe the disruption to water service was going to last longer than it did, Councillor Nunziata would have contacted the appropriate staff to make arrangements. She has done this in the past
And her tweet was a zinger:
As a result of my actions, last night the water was up and running again, one day earlier than TCH had originally promised. While other candidates focused on contacting media, posting videos, and promoting themselves at the building, I focused on solving the problem. And I did.
— Frances Nunziata (@FrancesNunziata) September 24, 2018
I love it. This round goes to Nunziata.