A 22-unit affordable housing development for Aboriginal households is moving ahead after receiving approval from the Ontario Municipal Board earlier this month—11 years after the project was first envisioned by New Frontiers Aboriginal Corporation. The organization, which opened its first affordable housing complex on Coxwell Avenue in 2002, has been looking for a new location for years. The St. Clair development will make a big difference at an individual scale, but do little to address the wider issue regarding the lack of affordable housing for vulnerable populations, said secretary-treasurer Charles Catto. “It will provide a home for 22 native households,” he said. “It’s just a drop in the bucket, but it’s a start and hopefully it will provide some momentum.” The OMB approval of the project at 3738 St.
On Thursday June 27 in Flora McCrea Hall at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Frontiers Foundation welcomed over a hundred donors, volunteers and other guests to our traditional feast of Ojibwa pickerel and trout plus a full range of other treats.
Our Guest of Honour and Speaker was Hon. David Zimmer, Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Mr. Zimmer who visited Pikangikum only two weeks ago, spoke passionately regarding the intolerable conditions there and the need for organizations like Frontiers to act. The Debestigoosh hand drummers entertained us and MC Mike McTague recognized many VIP guests like Peter Friedman’s CMHC team, Bob Haggart from CN and special Head Table guest Marni Beal-Alexander, widow of our former Patron Hon. Lincoln Alexander. Phi Kappa Pi fraternity filled up a big table with ten guests with President Chris Chan announcing a national fundraising campaign for Frontiers. Executive Director Marco A.