Poor go to the back of the line for housing

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Sep 27 2011
Families living in poverty are being bumped down on the first-come-first-served municipal lists by families escaping domestic abuse, who leapfrog to the front of the line because of a provincial policy that gives them priority. Overall, the system is so broken that, according to a new study, up to 70 per cent of applicants just give up when they can’t find housing within four years and drop off the list… fewer than half of the subsidized units in the GTA go to the low-income residents who have signed on to social housing wait lists in good faith. On average, their names will languish there for a minimum of five years before getting a unit.

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Rich schools get richer thanks to private cash

Monday, February 28th, 2011

February 28, 2011
Two public and two Catholic high schools in Greater Toronto are bringing in more than a million dollars a year through student fees, private revenue and fundraising, with dozens more each taking in at least half a million dollars. By contrast, other similar-sized schools report a fraction of that — one just $283,000 — raising questions about equity in the public education system. There is an equally great divide for the region’s elementary schools.

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