May 18, 2014

By Bob Sheppard

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Doug Ford is being criticized for suggesting an Etobicoke home for teens with autism has ruined the neighbourhood and should be moved.

Mayor Rob Ford’s brother, who represents a west-end Toronto ward on council, was speaking at a meeting last week between area residents and representatives of the Griffin Centre, a mental health agency that operates five residential treatment programs in the GTA for adults and youth with autism and developmental disibilities.

 According to an article in the Etobicoke Guardian newspaper, Doug Ford says his heart goes out to kids with autism, but, he says, no one told him they would be leaving the house.  He’s quoted as saying that if it comes down to it, he’d buy the house and resell it.

The Griffin Centre moved into the house in the Kipling Ave. – Rexdale Blvd. area in mid March.  The home can handle five teens.  It currently has three.

Bob Rae, former MP and Premier of Ontario, tweeted that Ford should be ashamed of himself.

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