Today, Lekan discusses Toronto’s ‘Neighbourhood Improvement Areas’ in The Toronto Star.
Having worked in York South-Weston for the past five years, Lekan shares stories he has heard from the community that are strikingly similar. A mother living in Keelesdale-Eglinton West cannot make ends meet with two jobs. A young father living in Rustic is worried about much needed after-school programming thanks to recent cuts to a local school. These stories speak to their needs and their neglect, and Lekan hears them repeatedly.
These issues have been highlighted through a staff report coming from City Hall that identifies potential Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) via a proposed new ranking system. York South-Weston has three new potential NIAs. It’s a ward that has 2 per cent of the population and 10 per cent of these communities in need.