The most significant social initiatives in Toronto over the past year were made by unpaid volunteers: @VaxHuntersCan @TorTinyShelters and Community Fridges Toronto. Why are citizens coming up with better social programs than the city? Where is the creativity in our leadership?
These initiatives have been wildly successful but CFTO and TTS have been met with resistance instead of collaboration because of vague “safety concerns” and archaic rules
It seems like a case of hurt pride that the city is being shown up by random citizens. Their recent collab with @VaxHuntersCan is encouraging. But what is holding them back from actively partnering with CFTO and TTS as well?
The city came up with ActiveTO (only brought back after public outcry) and CaféTO. These were very popular programs that made sudden drastic changes to how our city operated. They show that Toronto is capable of making bold decisions for the public good
Unfortunately, it seems these programs are only a priority for the city when they benefit a certain class of people. Vulnerable folks are literally and figuratively left out in the cold and when citizens step in to help, they’re met with resistance
Shout out to @ESN_TO @KeepYourRent @Peoples_Defence and @SHJNetwork, it’s been inspiring to see people take matters into their own hands during the pandemic. I hope that our leadership will be more collaborative in the future by boosting citizen social efforts that show promise

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