By Paul MacLean – Former Volunteer who worked on First Project in Split Lake, Manitoba, 1964
It’s 50 years ago that I participated in the summer work camp at Split Lake Manitoba, the first project of Operation Beaver. I remember seeing the notice on my college bulletin board just at the time when I was wondering what to do with my summer. No pay, hard construction work, northern Manitoba … but it sounded like an adventure.
Why do we do these things? Looking back 50 years, I’m still not sure. What I can say is that summer adventure had a lasting influence on my life.
First, I went to Split Lake a somewhat insular Anglican, and I returned an ecumaniac. We were all Christians in the work group, but from many countries and denominations. There’s something about living in tents together for a month that tests one’s theological prejudices. Never again would I assume that my particular brand of Anglicanism was the superior form of religion.
We have a good news story to share and are pleased to announce that construction is underway on the AMIK III project at 3738 St. Clair Ave. E. and is ready to start at the AMIK II project at 3087 Danforth Avenue.
The St. Clair Ave. project is located in the St. Clair – Brimley area of the City of Toronto. It will be a four storey building comprised of 2 bachelors, 14 one bedroom and 6 two bedroom apartments. Surface parking for vehicles will be provided in the rear of the building and bicycle parking inside the building. Rent will be highly affordable, ranging from approximately $670 for bachelor units to $815 for one bedroom units and $960 for two bedroom units, which includes utilities. Completion and occupancy are expected in the spring of 2015.
The Danforth Avenue project is located in the Danforth-Victoria Park area of the City of Toronto, within easy walking distance to the subway.