The City of Toronto refused to ever respond to this letter nor to address any of the issues outlined.
August 27, 2001
Dear Mayor Mel Lastman:
RE: City of Toronto, Tenant Defense Fund, grant for 103-105 West Lodge Avenue
I wish to bring to your attention an inaccurate report dated March 31, 2001, submitted to the City by your Tenant Defence Fund Outreach Organizing Team, written by the Federation of Metro Toronto Tenants' Associations.
This report in regards to 103-105 West Lodge Avenue is a lie.
The details of the falsehoods in that report are as follows, where "they" refers in each case to the City of Toronto, Tenant Defence Fund (TDF) Outreach Organizing Team (OOT):
Report, Appendix A:
Report, Appendix B:
Report, Appendix G:
We have submitted all the required papers and made numerous phone calls to both Dan McIntyre, the Tenant Defence Fund Outreach Organizing Team Project Co-ordinator, as well as Karen Cooper, City of Toronto, Manager Housing Programs, and they have completely ignored us.
When we did meet in the beginning with Mr. McIntyre that one time, he told us he was from the "City's Tenant Defence Fund Outreach Organizing Team," and it was only after repeated inquiries, that he reluctantly admitted he is also the Executive Director of the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations. Is it correct for him to be portraying himself as a city representative?
I would appreciate to know if the City has accepted this report as valid, and whether the contents of such reports are independently verified before publication. Do they contact the people and buildings listed in these reports?
Where is there any real accountabilty on this city project and on the actions of those the city has hired to represent it?
Anna Thaker and John Connor
cc: Chris Korwin-Kuczynski, Ward 14, City Councillor