An Urgent Message from the Cabbagetown South Residents Association

Dear Community Members,

 
On Wednesday Oct 2nd, the day after a successful community meeting with Councillor Wong-Tam, we obtained information that the city has signed a 10 year, multi-million dollar lease for the property at 233 Carlton Street. This building is the former office of ‘Free the Children’ across from Daniel et Daniel.  Free the Children are still the owners of the building. Based on the wording in the Delegated Approval Form, the building is to be used for “Health and Welfare Services, community programs, and services forgoing”.  We have asked for specific details about the intended use for the property and will share this once we have more information.

 
Our current understanding is that the city has already signed a lease with the owners of 233 Carlton St. and is to become a new 24-hour/7-days-a-week, 50-bed woman’s drop-in centre that is currently located at 67 Adelaide St E, which is a city owned building.

 
Unfortunately, our association was completely blindsided by this information.

 
Since July, we have been meeting monthly with both Councillor Wong-Tam and Gord Tanner, Director Shelter Support & Housing (SSHA), to discuss the very difficult circumstances we’re currently experiencing around Margaret’s 24/7 Respite, located at Dundas and Sherbourne, which falls under SSHA’s portfolio.

 
At our meetings in July and August, we specifically asked Mr. Tanner and city staff from SSHA if there were any plans for additional shelters, drop-ins or respites within Cabbagetown South.  We were told “not at this time”.

 
To be clear, we recognize the need for substantial affordable and supportive housing for our community’s most vulnerable residents. We’ve already been strongly advocating to all levels of government to do more.

 
In saying this, however, our area is already in crisis and the impact of adding more vulnerable people–that deserve safety and security–into an area out of control is not safe, welcoming, or supportive.

 
Our genuine concern in how this has unfolded, is the complete lack of transparency and community consultation that took place before a location was selected and a legal lease signed.  We feel we have a right to be a part of this dialogue, especially when it relates to our community.

 
Simply moving our most vulnerable people from one building to another is not the systemic change we need, or deserve.
Since learning of this news, we have spoken directly to the Councillor and expressed our concerns around another service being put into our already over-burdened community.

 
Councillor Wong-Tam vehemently denies knowing that the lease had been signed, but did concede to knowing about the city’s intentions since July.  At that time, in July, she told the SSHA she had major reservations and stressed the importance of meaningful community consultations before proceeding.

 
Sadly, that did not happen.

 
The Mayor approved this plan and allowed SSHA to move forward without any community consultation.
You can read Councillor Wong-Tam’s & The City Manager’s full statement on our website. https://cabbagetownsouth.com

 
It is now your turn to speak up. Please email Mayor Tory and The City Manager.
mayor_tory@toronto.ca and chris.murray@toronto.ca

 
Ask why transparency and community engagement was not provided.
Tell them to stop the plans for this location from going forward, until they provide adequate time for public consultation to occur. The City can, and should, do better. We must move forward with a healthy community for all its residents.
Cabbagetown South Residents Association

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

Arto Yuzbasiyan Lane in Cabbagetown, Toronto 1980, oil on board 12in x 16 in

Arto Yuzbasiyan

Arto Yuzbasiyan was born in 1948 in Istanbul, Turkey to a talented, pianist mother and a father who was a textile manufacturer. Though he did not play a musical instrument like much of his mother’s … [Read More...]

parlieament-st-news-cover

Hello Holiday Readers!

The challenge with using Canada Post for the delivery of the paper is that you need to set deadlines well in advance of the date. This issue started with the best intentions. We were going to do some … [Read More...]

Cabbagetown-bia

Seasons Greetings, Cabbagetown!

Officially, it’s appropriate to begin to look toward the holiday season now that we have marked Remembrance Day. Thank you for joining us on November 11th, when the Cabbagetown BIA hosted our first … [Read More...]

bostok-hathaway

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood of beauty, heritage, cultural diversity and inclusion. We are Anita Bostok and Norman Hathaway and we’re proud to contribute this regular feature where you get to know … [Read More...]

greenthumbs

Green Thumbs Growing Kids

Green Thumbs Growing Kids (GTGK) is a local charity actively creating and managing school gardens in this community in order to connect children to food and their environment. Gardens at Sprucecourt … [Read More...]

lenkalife-photograpy

Holiday Photo Session Prize Giveaway

Courtesy of Lenka Life Photography The Holidays are a time for giving so we are giving away a FREE Holiday photo session!!! This prize includes a 30-minute photo session to be used for your family … [Read More...]

Weenen-General-contractiong-office

Weenen General Contracting Limited

Parliament Street News Business Bio - by Kathy Flaxman When Joe Rozman thinks about Cabbagetown, he has lots to smile about. In every direction he’s surrounded by his firm’s work, from his own home, … [Read More...]

double-take-thrift-store

Reduce Reuse! Upcycle!

Come check out the exciting new Double Take Studio window display. Our latest collection by upcycling artists on display and for sale inside the Double Take Thrift Store. All Double Take Studio … [Read More...]

Victim of a Hit and Run?

Cyclist, Pedestrian and Car Accidents, Contributed by Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury Lawyer Getting in a car accident, for any driver, cyclist or pedestrian can be a nightmare. Unfortunately, hit … [Read More...]

Memories of my Grandmother

Contributed by Alexandra Yeboah The last time I heard her laugh, was the day she made a remark about my smile. I didn’t readily  embrace her compliment then, as it felt strange for her to be … [Read More...]