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Biweekly, Friday 10-12, Week 1   Term 2 (January through March) Only
space available 


This workshop explores the problems and potential solutions surrounding the crisis in Toronto housing. Participants will be expected to read four non-fiction books and prepare a 20-minute presentation. We will watch and discuss two films.

A sampling of the issues to be addressed: affordability; Sidewalk Labs; the influence of global forces; how class, race and ethnicity affect place in the city; climate and resiliency of our housing; homelessness and shelters; public housing and public space; density versus sprawl; zoning and the ‘Yellow Belt’; housing for seniors, disabled, migrants; lane housing, co-ops, communes and rooming houses.


Maureen FitzGerald ( is an editor, an ex-academic (anthropology) and ex-publisher. She continues to be interested in joining in and contributing to conversations about the pressing issues of inequality.

Sally McLean ( is a retired intercultural communication consultant and continues to wrestle with social justice challenges. She leans towards workshops that push us to consider troublesome issues, such as the notion that housing is a human right.

Sally and Maureen have previously co-facilitated the workshops Reading through Race, Racism and Resistance; and Reading through Borders: Displacement, Migration and Refuge.

Workshop Notes:

Workshop Notes