Monday, 6 August 2007

Leslieville community opposes Wal-Mart development

"Expropriation would solve Leslieville Wal-Mart hassle," a front page article by Duncan McAllister in the August 2007 Bulletin: Toronto's Downtown Newspaper reports:

"The city must expropriate the Eastern Ave. site proposed for a retail complex, say Friends of Leslieville, a new group started to combat Wal-Mart's plans. At a strategy session held July 11 at Ralph Thornton Centre, worried Leslieville residents met with Ward 30 Councilor Paula Fletcher to brainstorm and devise a plan of action to defeat the unpopular Smart Centre proposal for 629, 633 and 675 Eastern Ave.

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The group has asked city council to expropriate the site and design an employment campus that supports the local economy and requested the province to stop the Ontario Municipal Board hearing and issue a Minister's Zoning Order.

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In addition to environmental and traffic concerns, the issue here is jobs. Wal-Mart creates hundreds of mainly part-time, low-wage jobs in the communities they serve. "We need jobs that encourage and support young people and opportunities that offer training and internships for our community," says the Leslieville group."

The full article is not available online, but you can the the related editorial here.

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