Our goal is to schedule a public meeting with Kevin Lee, Andrea DelZotto, and Adam Vaughan
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The eviction of the pay-what-you-can soup bar/grocery store from Market 707 by Scadding Court Executive Director Kevin Lee is a sign of how the Dundas and Bathurst area is changing.
It should be said that Kevin's work with market 707 has done incredible things for the community. It's created a lot of unique and opportunity for deserving vendors.
But market 707's stated goal is to measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty, and in 2016 it received a poverty reduction grant from the provincial government for over $120 000 based on that mandate. You would think that mandate would align perfectly with the soup bars aim of alleviating food insecurity, however it seems that in Kevin's model, business development is prioritized over food insecurity.
Considering Kevin's acknowledgement of "working developers to animate predevelopment lands", bringing up gentrification in his explanation for the eviction of the soup bar raises questions about his relationship with condo developers, especially in the context of how he curates who is welcome at Market 707.
Tridel, the most active condo developer in the area, is one of the multiple developers listed as funders on scatting courts website, and, Tridel communications executive Andrea Delzotto happened to write a glowing blogpost about kevin's generous hospitality at a scatting court open house, praising kevin who became bff's with her son after giving him a special tour and treating him to bubble tea.
The Tridel executive goes on to write of Kevin showing her son the importance of putting people and their needs first. It's a pretty picture for a real estate executive to paint of a centre sponsored by her employer, unfortunately it's not one seen by the volunteers or the customers at the soup bar. They, it would seem, have been swept aside in the process of "animating predevelopment lands"
Please sign this petition if you are interested in having a public meeting with community stakeholders about the development of the community and the market.
-This petition was organized by Dundas Bathurst Community Action
-The Video was produced by independent community media outlet The Drop
-The Soup Bar is run by Jagger Gordon of Feed It Forward 647 879 2433
-*Jagger did not influence the creation of the petition or video.
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