Ended up stumbling onto The Agenda, and this episode was great for anyone interested in the plague, or in city planning to respond to it.
If you want to be able to speak constructively about when we’ll start going back to work, restart the economy, or get back to normal, however you want to put it, you must listen to the first 10 minutes of this episode:
6 conditions to get back to normal, by the WHO:
-test and treat every case
-outbreak risks are minimized in specific places
-limit in schools businesses etc
-limit international spread
-individual communities are empowered to adapt.
The last question posted to the UofT guest was should there be an inquiry like after SARS. Answer was YES, but first action is to READ the SARS inquiry report so they don’t reinvent the wheel, and this time act on all the points to correct.
Next was Cathy Crowe, a Street Nurse who tried to get Toronto to declare a homelessness state of emergency prior to the COVID-19 plague hitting the big city.
Prior to the plague showing that all city resources could be directed at once to a life-and-death problem, only “lip service” was being paid to the homelessness crisis. “We need to align all the resources of the city to pave the way” -Sean G.
“The biggest problem is actually political” “You effectively can’t build an apartment building in 95% of Toronto” – Alex B.
Cathy notes the city lacks about 4-5000 hotel rooms, and the province or city should purchase hotels or apartment buildings that are not financially viable.
Average cost of a detached house in Toronto is over a million dollars! Not many people living in the city can afford that. Where are kids going to live in Toronto once they grow and move out of their parents’ homes.
Legalize rooming houses, and regulate them to help with affordability. Four-plexes should be the new minimum for new construction. People should be able to convert to duplexes.