It was part of a voter engagement process put on by the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre called Speak Up, Show Up.
"It just seems like [local residents] are left out of the conversation," said Amanda Nickerson, a peer advocate at the centre.
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As a city, Gaynor said, Toronto should be talking about “taking properties we are over-housed in and being able to turn them into (shared homes) — not changing anything about the inherent nature of a neighbourhood.
We’re in fact enhancing (it).” Although some at the Go Co event say they could probably afford to buy outside the city, most want a downtown home. They are searching for more information and new connections.
One undecided voter said she had a couple of different issues on her mind, including food insecurity and health care, noting that it took her 14 years to find a family doctor and now he's nearing retirement.
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A mother of three, Gaynor worries about the financial risks of housing for young adults.
She also sees a looming crisis for seniors who want to remain independent but are often isolated in their homes.
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