Ontario bill gives private interests easy access to social housing sector
McGuinty beginning to align with Ford in anticipation of fall elections.
April 10, 2011: M. Lau and Diamond Wisdom write in BASICS that Bill 140 paves the way for privatization, but fails to address the real crisis of social housing, proposing that only an independent tenants' organization could do so.
"Timing was everything when it came down to Ford's rush decision to dismantle TCHC's Board of Directors and replace it with a one-man-operation, Case Ootes. The provincial government is currently working to pass Bill 140: Strong Communities Through Affordable Housing Act 2011. Bill 140 will enact the Housing Services Act 2010, and repeal the Social Housing Reform Act 2000. If Bill 140 passes, it will have disastrous consequences for those reliant on social housing in Ontario.
With over 300,000 names on housing waiting lists across Ontario — a list that can take up to 21 years to wait through — there is no mention of new funding to address the backlog of repairs or any plans to create more truly affordable housing stock.
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Posted: April 21, 2011
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