Further update March 2016- We are informed that Effie left the FMTA board last June and quit her job at Public Interest in 2014. That gives us no reason to delete her file.
update March 2016. Effie is now working for Maytree. She is manager of leadership and learning. Now that she has been schooled in the arts of fucking up good organizations, she can help turn Maytree into another front for the fake left.
Update January 2014. Effie has now injected herself into the TCHC fake tenants groups to a point where she is on the bus to go to demonstrations in Ottawa with them. This trip last November included a city councillor and several employees or contractors of TCHC, and even a few actual tenants. Of course the latter were mostly the old familiar faces, always hoping they can get back the privileges they had when the tenant representation system was in operation.
This remains ominous for the residents of TCHC. Getting control over them has been a long term goal of FMTA. It is unlikely they have forgotten about their "dollar a door" plan for TCHC tenants.
FMTA Chair as of June 2010.
She held the October 24, 2009, FMTA Election Planning Meeting, where Andy Lehrer was in charge of one table and she was a main speaker along with Dan McIntyre and Kristin Schwartz. The purpose of the meeting was to plan strategies to get the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations in the media at least once a week for both the Toronto election and the Ontario provincial election in 2011. Effie said that it was a strategy Howard Tessler said he learned from retired city councillor Michael Walker, that if a politician like him can approach a reporter to get the FMTA into the media, then that can be used against other politicians so even some weak-kneed conservatives will support increasing their taxpayer funding. If you can only get 30 people out to an event billed being for the 1.2 million tenants of Toronto and half of those people were there a half hour early because they are board members or employees, you can tell these people couldn't get out a fireman to a fire.
Works for Public Interest Strategy and Communications, an NDP for profit lobbying and research group which created and still sets the agenda for Save Our Structures, a TCHC landlord funded "tenant group" and was hired by TCHC to "shut down" Joe Fiorito's stories on how bad public housing is.
She was President of the Ontario NDP women's committee.
She says when Julius Deutsch retired, she was going to replace him as the most important backroom person planning the election strategies for all Toronto NDP candidates, municipally, provincially and federally." With Mr. Deutsch's death in Febrary 2010, Effie is now seems to think that being the Chair of the FMTA is her first step towards these goals.
Lately she was the "master of ceremonies" at the last of the LeSage hearings into the TCHC evictions problem. This gave her control of the mike and the list of people who had signed up to speak. This review was promised to be held without the presence of TCHC staff. But TCHC had little trouble injecting its stooges and its paid contractors into the process. Many tenants expressed fear about speaking out due to TCHC's practice of reprisals. Yet many did come to speak about TCHC's abuses. Will TCHC be able to obtain a list of these people with the help of the ineffable Effie? Considering Effie is an employee of Public Interest Strategy and Communications hired by TCHC to help with their pubic image she was clearly in a conflict of interest.about TCHC and "save our structures"
I was informed by "Charles Appelbaum" that Effie is now a member of the International Socialists, but a couple of sources claim it is a common alias for Andy Lehrer who Effie replaced on the FMTA board.