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Housing among top 4 issues Tory wants to improve as mayor

Mayor-elect John Tory speaks with the media in Toronto on Nov. 13, 2014. CITYNEWS

John Tory said affordable housing is among the top issues he wants to improve during his tenure as mayor.

“There’s a whole lot to be done,” he said after a meeting with his transition advisory council on Thursday morning.

“People have the right to [be] able to say, at the end of four years of this administration, that things are much better than they were on transit, affordable housing, [Toronto Community Housing Corp.] repairs and homelessness.”

He said the city needs to partner with the private sector and the other two levels of government to solve those challenges and he’s been working to get that support.

He called conditions in TCHC buildings “disgraceful and unacceptable” and said a task force to address the problem would be set up sooner than he expected, shortly after he officially becomes mayor.

“I just am so seized with the desire to get on with producing results for people,” he said.

“In the end, all of these Issues — transit, housing, everything – it’s about people. It’s about people who live in that housing, people who are experiencing unemployment and … who want to be working. It’s about getting people to jobs.”

Tory will be sworn in as mayor on Dec. 2.