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City, province avoid a mess at Little Mountain

September 22nd, 2009 · 18 Comments

Lost in the news yesterday with all the questions about the provincial government’s new homeless-to-shelters law was the news item that the province and city had come to agreement about the Little Mountain social housing site, to wit: Provincial government gets its demolition permit; the remaining 10 families there get to stay on in one building if they choose; social housing units are the first part of the project to be completed; and province agrees to start work on the four more of the 14 social-housing sites.

That is all aimed at defusing any potential clash over the site, with buildings sitting empty and housing advocates getting more and more upset as the Olympics approach.

My story in the Globe is here. Not included are comments I got from COPE Councillor Ellen Woodsworth yesterday, who said that, although this is not perfect, she thought the city got as good a deal as it could for the residents and for the city, considering that the province was threatening to pull out of the redevelopment altogether if things didn’t start moving.

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