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Duly Quoted: Doug Ford, on a Group Home for Developmentally Disabled Youth

Doug Ford goes full NIMBY on a group home in his ward.

“My heart goes out to kids with autism. But no one told me they’d be leaving the house. If it comes down to it, I’ll buy the house myself and resell it.”

At a community meeting, Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) opposes a group home in his ward that serves four youth, some of whom have autism. Operated by the Griffin Centre at 22 Jeffcoat Dr., the home was recently renovated and opened for operations two months ago. But at a community meeting called by Ford, neighbours complained about the number of police visits, and multiple individuals said their neighbourhood is not appropriate for “mental people.” Ford also asked whether any of the individuals in the home are sex offenders (they are not) and accused the centre of not being upfront with him about the home. The Griffin Centre denies those allegations, and has staff onsite 24/7. There will be another community meeting in two weeks.

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