DENISE BALKISSOON’s ideas on Councillor Kelly’s twitter are something he should heed


DENISE BALKISSOON’s article, outtakes are listed below is so important as it reflects many members of the city councils need for notoriety over substance in their work.

the blog has listed a few links to other writing of Ms. Balkissoon.




Mr. Kelly’s Twitter stream is made up of jokes, pictures of Toronto and, as befits a Governor-General’s award-winning historian, random tidbits about days gone by. Oh, and lots and lots of hip hop.

I beg you, Jimmy, no. Stop throwing confetti around @norm. The fluttering bits are obscuring the fact that despite his recent donning of black youth culture, he hasn’t spent much of his 30-year stash of political currency on them at all.

The politician says his interest in hip hop is youth-centered. Well, great. Scarborough has 100,000 residents under 14 and the city’s highest population of 15-to-19-year-olds. But in the past five years alone, Kelly has voted against letting young people use city pools for free and against using millions of provincial dollars to create badly needed child care.

 Last month, Kelly visited an urban studies class at the University of Toronto; one student who was there, 20-year-old Melissa Vincent, found the discussion very disappointing.

One classmate wanted to discuss the racialization of poverty in Scarborough – like many suburban Toronto neighbourhoods, it keeps getting less white and more poor – and referenced the seminal Three Cities report that came out of U of T’s Cities Centre, where the talk was held. Kelly replied with a pat answer about immigrant success, along the lines of “immigrants are the highest-earning individuals in Canada.”

The job of a city councillor is to make Toronto a better, more livable place. That isn’t achieved by lobbying teenagers for retweets and likes. Ok @norm, I get it, you’re a totally cool 6 Dad – but a dad’s real job is to take care of us.

Full article here

Ms Balkissoon web site

Another recent article of by Ms Balkissoon

The so-called rental renaissance

In the Globe, a look at all of the buzzy new purpose-built rental

buildings in Toronto, and whether any of them fill the housing gaps

that really exist in a city with a 1.6% vacancy rate. 


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