Sunday, October 27, 2013

TCHC officials mum on costs of youth event

Toronto’s beleaguered and cash-strapped social housing provider was silent Sunday on how much it cost to host a youth summit at an expensive downtown hotel.
Toronto councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam mentioned the event in a Twitter posting, saying she had heard the Toronto Community Housing Corp.’s If I Ruled T.O. youth summit cost around $100,000.
The all-day summit at the Sheraton hotel on Queen St. W, between Bay St. and University Ave., hosted about 1,400 people, between ages 13 and 29, who live in TCHC communities throughout the city.
TCHC CEO Gene Jones generated controversy last week after announcing that a $2 million renovation to the TCHC’s Rosedale headquarters would include a larger office for himself. The next day, Jones nixed all the reno plans.
The TCHC is currently facing a $862 million repair backlog on its social housing properties.
On his Sunday radio show, Mayor Rob Ford said he was happy Jones called off the renovation plans.

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