All levels of government help fund much needed apartments
(Written for Town Crier Aug 6.)
Groundbreaking at 5 Deauville Place. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.
Flemingdon Park will be home to 62 new affordable homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities by next summer.
It’s no accident the developer chose this area for affordable rental apartments for seniors, said Tim Neeb, president of Mahogany Management and Deauville Place, the project development company.
“There’s a higher percentage of seniors in the community than any other in Toronto,” Neeb told the Town Crier July 29 during the groundbreaking ceremony for the project, which is set to open July 1, 2011.
He’s referring to Statistics Canada Census 2006 for the Don Mills census area that incorporates Flemingdon. Seniors over the age of 65 make up about a quarter of the population in Don Mills, compared to the city average, which is just under 14 percent.
Seniors over 75 account for almost 14 percent of the area population compared to just 6.5 percent in the whole of North York, according to 2001 Stats Can census data and 2005 population estimates. Continue reading
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Tagged affordable, Councillor John Parker, Deauville, Flemingdon, housing, Kris Scheuer, MP Peter Kent, MPP Kathleen Wynne, Neeb, park, Seniors, Tim, Town Crier
What obstacles do female politicians still face?
Panel discussion I am part of examines this very topic
(This column originally published April 23 for Town Crier.)
The Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett asked me to be part of a panel discussion on women in politics on March 27.
You may know Bennett as the MP for St. Paul’s, but I use her official titles for a reason. One issue that was raised is the fact that media refer to female politicians by first names such as Belinda (Stronach), Kim (Campbell) or Sheila (Copps). And it’s less likely for a printed article to refer to a male politician by his first name only.
Keynote speaker, Sylvia Bashevkin, the principal of U of T’s University College, has written several books on women in politics. She spoke about instances in the past where female candidates have gone door knocking at dinnertime and when they presents their campaign literature, including a photo of their husband and kids, they have been asked who is feeding her family.
The panel included another local political rep Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne who, as a lesbian, was told she could not win in North Toronto back when she ran as a school trustee. Of course she has proved them wrong and as education minister also won re-election against a formidable challenger in John Tory, the former Ontario PC leader.
For my part, I spoke to the 70 or so female students from Northern, Rosedale and other midtown high schools about my experience as a journalist writing about politics. Continue reading
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Tagged Kris Scheuer, MP Carolyn Bennett, MPP Kathleen Wynne, Not Far From the Tree, St. Paul’s riding, Sylvia Bashevkin, Tarah Bleier, Toronto, Town Crier, Women in politics, Zahra Dhanani
Public, family acceptance for gay & lesbian politicians
By Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier Feb 2/2004)
Kathleen Wynne is a politician who happens to be a lesbian.
However during the last provincial election campaign, “I was told, ‘You can’t win because you are a lesbian. You can’t run uptown because your lifestyle is too alternative,’ ” says the Liberal MPP for Don Valley West . “But I don’t live downtown. I grew up in the suburbs. I am an uptown person. Why transplant myself, then the only thing about me becomes that I’m a lesbian! Continue reading
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Tagged acceptance, councillor, divorce, gay, homosexuality, Kris Scheuer, Kyle Rae, lesbian, MPP Kathleen Wynne, politics, Toronto, Town Crier