June 12, 2024
Politicians on Dundas-Sherbourne ... lots of talk, little action
People loitering on Dundas St. E,, just east of Sherbourne St. in Toronto, Ont., on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
People loitering on Dundas St. E,, just east of Sherbourne St. in Toronto, Ont., on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Each and every time the beleaguered residents of the Dundas and Sherbourne neighbourhood reach out to their councillor for help, she claims it is coming via her “landmark” Downtown East Five-Year Action Plan.

Kristyn Wong-Tam’s plan, approved by council in mid-July, is so steeped in politically-correct bunk, so full of actions to protect the marginalized drug addicted and so married to various initiatives that include “teams” and “tables” (equity-speak for more meetings to wring their hands about the issues,) I can’t for the life of me understand why it is even called an “action plan.”

It’s a load of politically correct, foot-dragging B.S. — completely disconnected from the realities of life in the Dundas and Sherbourne neighbourhood.

Last Wednesday evening, dozens of Dundas and Sherbourne-area residents gathered at Central Neighbourhood House to tell whomever would listen that their neighbourhood is “under siege” and is fast becoming as unsafe as Downtown Eastside Vancouver.

They laid the blame squarely on an Overdose Prevention Site at Street Health, coupled with a 24-7 respite shelter at Margaret’s across the street, both of which have lured drug dealers and addicts seeking their fix to the area.

In a ride-along that night, I saw dozens of people loitering, shooting up, urinating on the sidewalk, screaming obscenities and partying outside of Margaret’s.

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