Save the Toronto Island CommunityPublisher: Toronto Island Residents' Association, Toronto, Canada
Year Published: 1979
Pages: 1pp Price: Free
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX991
This pamphlet outlines the struggle of the 700 Toronto island residents who are trying to save their homes from demolition.
Abstract: This pamphlet outlines the struggle of the 700 Toronto island residents who are trying to save their homes from demolition. Many of the residents have lived on the Islands for ten to twenty years. Metro council and some city planners feel, however, that there is a need to evict the residents of Wards and Algonquin Islands to expand parkland space. In fact, the Island community occupies less than five per cent of the Island's land, and in return contributes a substantial amount to Metro in taxes, ground rent and ferry fares. The community is neighbourhood oriented and has an open door policy to both summer and winter visitors to the Island. In contrast, the three neighbouring yacht clubs are private restricted lands.
The 250 homes on the Islands provide low-cost housing for many of their occupants who, if evicted, would have difficulty re-locating to a comparable situation. At a time when housing is a critical issue, Island residents and concerned citizens feel the priority should be to preserve this clean, safe neighbourhood of Wards Island.
This organization no longer exists.