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November 26, 2001
Overwhelming response to tonight's rental housing forum
Toronto -- Response from across the city to tonight's Rental Housing Forum has
far exceeded the expectations of the team putting together this public
consultation. More than 70 organizations and individuals have pre-registered to
speak at the forum, which is being hosted by the City of Toronto and
co-ordinated by the Shelter, Housing and Support Division.

Deputants to this forum, which takes place this evening at 7 p.m. in the
Toronto City Hall Council Chamber, include individual tenants, community legal
clinics, landlords, tenant advisory and advocacy groups, social housing board
members and tenants, government housing critics and non-profit housing

"The response to the Rental Housing Forum has been overwhelming," said
Councillor Michael Walker, Chair of the Tenant Defence Sub-committee, who will
chair the forum. "We did an extensive advertising campaign to make sure people
across Toronto knew about this event, and requests to speak are still coming
in. We will do the best we can to make sure that as many people as possible get
to speak, and that we hear as many different views as possible."

Presentations will be recorded to capture the many different viewpoints being
presented. As well, the public is invited to submit written comments and
submissions to the City before December 15, 2001. All of this information will
be compiled into a report that will be presented to the Tenant Defence
Sub-Committee, the Community Services Committee and Toronto City Council.
Copies of this report will be available to the public.

The Rental Housing Forum was created in response to a City Council directive to
consult with the public about the rental crisis in the City of Toronto. It
represents an important step in considering solutions to address people's need
for rental housing.

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