Toronto Community Housing Corporation, (TCHC,) the public housing company owned by the City of Toronto, encourages tenants who are unhappy with the unlivable conditions in many of the buildings to join a group called Save Our Structures.
TCHC, the public housing landlord says joining SOS is the way to protest against them. But then TCHC is the one who funds this group that they falsely claim is a grassroots organization.
Why would the landlord encourage tenants to join a group to fight them? Of course because it is a sham they created themselves!
It was TCHC who paid local politco Sean Meagher, former longtime executive assistant to Toronto NDP city councillor Pam McConnell to run the "tenant association".
Sean Meagher is known as a local NDP politico who at election times tries to exercise his influence by creating political action groups like the Scarborough Civic Action Network whose email is ScarboroughCAN@publicinterest.ca.
Another groups that Meagher runs are Action for Neighbourhood Change Scarborough Village
Meagher's income comes from his for profit business named Public Interest Strategy & Communications Incorporated, publicinterest.ca, whose income comes from nonprofit groups especially the ones he helps create. It is widely acknowledged to be an NDP front group.
His company was paid by the City of Toronto's, Economic Development department, to write a report called, "Regent Park Employment, Skills & Economic Development Study" so you know he doesn't want to upset the city and risk not getting any more big contracts like that one.
Besides Sean Meagher, the employee's of Public Interest Strategy & Communications Inc, include his wife, Erika, Effie Vlachoyannacos, Michelle Cho, Jill Marzetti ((Mayor David Miller's 2003 election campaign manager, employed in his 2006 campaign and former Secretary of both the provincial and federal NDP)), Ayesha Basit, Jasmine Noureodin, and Min Lee who is believed to be the website designer.
By coincidence, when you ask for the names of the members of Save Our Structures, the names they give are Effie, Michelle, Jill, Ayesha and Jasmine. But when you ask if they are public housing tenants they change the subject and refuse to answer the question.
Effie Vlachoyannacos, is also a board member of the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations, works on fundraising for them, and also gives courses for Public Interest on how to manipulate the media to cover your message the way you want it.
Here is the domain registration information for three sites as of October 2007. All were organized by Sean Meagher.
The first one is the Save Our Structures, which is registered as being owned by Sean Meagher, the second one, Strong Foundations Strong Futures forwards visitors to saveourstructures.ca, is registered as owned by Min Lee who is probably the webdesigner but his address is firstname.lastname@example.org the company owned by Sean Meagher. The third is the site registered as a for profit consulting company publicinterest.ca is registered to Sean Meagher at his home address, and on the internet you will find he calls himself the President, of Public Interest Strategy & Communications, Inc.
The phone number for Sean Meagher's business was also the number for earlier failed nonprofts, like Toronto Water Watch.
Domain saveourstructures.ca Domain strongfoundations.ca Domain publicinterest.ca Organization: Sean Meagher Organization: Min Lee Organization: Public Interest Strategy & Communications Inc Date approved: 2007/05/09 Date approved: 2007/03/08 Date approved: 2003/02/28 Last changed: 2007/05/09 Last changed: 2007/03/09 Last changed: 2007/05/10 Renewal Date: 2008/05/09 Renewal Date: 2008/03/08 Renewal Date: 2008/02/28 DNS1: ns1.bluehost.com DNS1: ns1.bluehost.com DNS1: ns1.bluehost.com DNS2: ns2.bluehost.com DNS2: ns2.bluehost.com DNS2: ns2.bluehost.com Administrative Contact Administrative Contact Administrative Contact Name: Min Lee Name: Min Lee Name: Sean Meagher Postal Address: 340 Harbord Street Postal Address: 340 Harbord Street Postal Address: 506 Crawford Street Toronto ON M6G1H4 Canada Toronto ON M6G1H4 Canada Toronto ON M6G 3J8 Canada Phone: 416-531-5192 Phone: 416-531-5192 Phone: 416-820-7889 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Technical Contact Technical Contact Technical Contact Name: Support Department Name: Support Department Name: Sean Meagher Postal Address: 1800-5160 Yonge St Postal Address: 1800-5160 Yonge St Postal Address: 506 Crawford Street Toronto ON M2N 6L9 Canada Toronto ON M2N 6L9 Canada Postal Address: 506 Crawford Street Phone: 416-661-2100 Phone: 416-661-2100 Phone: 416-516-0107 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now in late 2009 the word has it that TCHC has given Public Interest Strategy and Communications an additional job, to shut up Toronto Star columnist Joe Fiorito or anyone else writing criticisms of Toronto's Public Housing company.