Councillor Ana Bailão writes Rob Ford to decry move to stop new housing

The chair of Toronto’s affordable housing committee has written the mayor asking him to hold off on a proposal that would halt the construction of new affordable rental housing in the city.

Councillor Ana Bailão wrote Rob Ford to voice her committee’s concern over city manager Joe Pennachetti’s report this week on the core services review.

Pennachetti suggests the city reduce new affordable housing development by limiting it to the completion of “existing council approved commitments’’ funded by the federal and provincial governments.

Pennachetti’s suggestions, which grew from this summer’s sweeping report by consultant KPMG on the city’s core services, are set to go to next week’s executive committee.

“Closing the door on providing affordable housing? That’s what scares me,’’ Bailão said in an interview this week.

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