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News from Toronto Community Housing  | October 2016

NBA Canada donates $130,000 in basketball equipment

Children testing the new portable basketball nets at Mornelle Court.
Residents from two dozen Toronto Community Housing communities are excited to get new basketball equipment. NBA Canada donated the equipment to celebrate Toronto hosting the 2016 NBA All-Star game in February. The donation includes 300 basketballs and 30 new portable basketball nets to inspire the next generation of NBA players.
 
Read more about the NBA donation.

Mark McDonald is the new Vice President, ITS at Toronto Community Housing

A photo of Mark McDonald, the new Vice President of ITS.
Mark McDonald joined Toronto Community Housing as Vice President of Information Technology and Information Systems (ITS) on October 3. Mark brings over 25 years of business and technology experience to the company. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the ITS department, including leading the refresh of our information technology strategy.
Learn more about Mark.

Community Safety Unit Manager receives Toronto Police Service award


Community Safety Unit (CSU) Manager David Quigley received the Toronto Police Community Member Award on October 24 for his assistance with a police investigation earlier this year.
 
Toronto Police were involved in a shooting investigation where a victim was shot in the leg. During the investigation, it was determined that the persons responsible for the shooting had possibly fled toward a Toronto Community Housing complex. Investigators contacted David, who provided hours of surveillance footage that captured the suspects and the suspects’ vehicle. David’s knowledge of some of the suspects and their backgrounds also aided investigators. This key evidence ultimately led to the arrest of seven individuals.

David is the third member of the Community Safety Unit to receive a Toronto Police Community Member award in 2016. He noted that despite his individual achievement, his award “is really indicative of the good work our CSU team members do each and every shift” to help keep our communities safe across the city.
Community Safety Unit Manager David Quigley and sons accompanied by Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders.
Community Safety Unit Manager David Quigley and sons accompanied by Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders.
Learn more about the work of Community Safety Unit.

Using CPTED to make communities safer


Toronto Community Housing hosted the 2016 CPTED Ontario Conference on October 18 and 19 in Regent Park. The conference drew delegates from across Canada and the United States. Toronto Community Housing has applied Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles in Regent Park to help deter crime and make residents feel safer, which made it an ideal location for the conference. 

Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell delivered greetings to open the conference, and President and CEO (Interim) Greg Spearn gave the keynote address. Staff from across the organization spoke to delegates about how CPTED principles are being applied to Toronto Community Housing revitalization communities and capital repairs projects. 

Our Regent Park developer partner, The Daniels Corporation, toured delegates through Regent Park, where they saw first-hand how CPTED principles—such as additional security cameras, upgraded lighting, extended security fencing, and extensive tree pruning to improve sightlines—had been applied to deter illegal activities and enhance neighbourhood safety, particularly at night. 
A before and after photos of townhomes in Regent Park.
An example of before and after photos of townhomes in Regent Park. This image shows that opening the street to traffic, creating safer access to units and installing better lighting all enhance community safety. 
Learn more CPTED principles and safety at Toronto Community Housing.

Updated Human Rights, Harassment and Fair Access Policy includes tenant feedback


Following tenant consultations earlier this year on the Human Rights, Harassment and Fair Access Policy for Tenants, an updated policy was presented to, and passed by, the Board of Directors on October 14. 

The updated policy complies with changes to the Ontario Human Rights Code and aligns with the City of Toronto’s Human Rights and Anti-Harassment Policy. Its purpose is to create an inclusive work and living environment free of discrimination and harassment. Tenant feedback collected through the consultations will be incorporated into the procedures for tenant complaints that will be developed under the policy. 
Read the updated Human Rights, Harassment and Fair Access Policy for tenants.

Starkey Canada gives the gift of hearing
to seniors 


An unique partnership between Toronto Community Housing and Starkey Canada brought back the gift of hearing to 40 seniors at a hearing mission event on September 29 at the Rogers Centre.
 
Over the summer, selected tenants were screened for hearing loss, then measured and fitted for customized, state of the art hearing aids provided by Starkey’s audiologists. They also received training on how to use and maintain their hearing aids.
 
After all recipients were successfully fitted, they had the opportunity to watch the final Blue Jays home game from the Summit Suite, a special treat from Jays Care Foundation.
 
For many seniors, receiving the hearing aids has enabled them to regain some control over their lives. Clifford, one of the tenants, said “I am so happy. I can now talk and carry a conversation with my grandchildren."
Clifford and his son-in-law smile are happy that Clifford's new hearing aid will bring closer family ties.
With his new hearing aid, Clifford and his son-in-law look forward to closer family ties.
Learn more about the Starkey donation of hearing aids.

Lawrence Heights and Neptune residents receive scholarships for academic excellence and leadership

 
The 2016 Building our Future: Limitless Heights Scholarship Program has awarded 14 recipients with post secondary scholarships for their academic excellence and leadership in their community. Award winners were recognized for their achievements at a scholarship dinner in the community on September 29.
 
Over the past four years, more than 80 local residents have received scholarships and grants, enabling them to pursue their career goals through postsecondary education or training. Our private sector developer partners, Context and Metropia, fund the program as part of their social development commitment to the community.
Highlights from the Limitless Heights Scholarship dinner.
Highlights from the Limitless Heights Scholarship dinner.
Learn more about the Building our Future: Limitless Heights Scholarship Program.

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