MISSISSAUGAWATCH nominates Peel poverty activist, Edna Toth for “Citizen of the Year”. (Hazel McCallion weighs in.)

March 20th, 2011  

We’ve created this video in response to the Mississauga News article, “Looking for the city’s top citizen”.

The Mississauga News writes:

The search is on for Mississauga’s next Citizen of the Year…

…A person can be considered a candidate for Citizen of the Year based on their outstanding efforts over a number of years. Nominees must be age 19 or older and residents in good standing.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has nominated Edna Toth, poverty activist and Chair of the Peel Poverty Action Group. Because no one ever listens to us, we’ll enlist Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion to speak on Edna Toth’s behalf.

So, here’s the video complete with transcript.

Peel poverty activist, Edna Toth for “Citizen of the Year”. Hazel McCallion weighs in. (3:13 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
Music: Brown Eyes (modified), Fleetwood Mac

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

Thank you for your dedication. You’ve been a leader in this. You haven’t given up and you’re going to win some day, I can tell you. Because we must respond.

Thank you, Edna.

[Subtitle. Hazel McCallion on POVERTY IN PEEL: the BACKGROUND]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

—we at the local level have got to recognize that it’s —I’m not proud as a member of Regional Council or the Mayor of the City of Mississauga to say that there are 21,000 on the waiting list for social housing in Peel.

I think that’s something—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council applauding whispers)

Good for her.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

—secondly on Saturday when we welcomed the, uh, Sunday night when we welcomed the Queen at the airport, Emil Kolb and I had a chat with Mr. Flaherty, the Minister, saying that unemployment is rising greatly in the Region of Peel.

Emil says that the figures are extremely high.

So now we have a major unemployment situation and we have the social housing needs. That means that there’s going to be more —more demand for social housing. With the unemployment.

So, we’ve got a problem.

And I think we should be spending our taxpayers’ money wisely in regard to try to solve it. I don’t know what the solution is.

Yes, I do know what the solution is. I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council whispers)

Yes!

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

That means the Federal government must get involved.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council whispers)

Yes!

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

And unfortunately it was —the Provinces asked to take over social housing. They asked for it. Especially Quebec was the leader of it. The Federal government agreed that it should be transferred to the municipali—to the provinces.

Unfortunately under the Harris government they downloaded it to the municipalities in Ontario only. All other provinces are responsible for social housing. We are the only province where it was downloaded to the municipalities.

So we have an even bigger problem than we have in other parts of Canada.

Thank you for your dedication. You’ve been a leader in this. You haven’t given up and you’re going to win some day, I can tell you. Because we must respond.

Thank you, Edna.

[DIP TO BLACK LOGO]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE (on poverty social housing) "I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head."


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