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Opening up membership

For almost 75 years, our constitution has stated that only owners of property are eligible for membership, or to be elected to the Board, preventing people who live in a Leaside property as tenants from being more officially involved.

There are enthusiastic non-owner residents in our community with expertise whom we do not want to exclude from becoming Directors. Most ratepayer organizations in Toronto include both owners and tenants as members, and report that they are stronger for it.

At our recent AGM, our proposal to change membership criteria was approved by a vote of members. A new name reflecting this change is being considered. We are confident that removing the division between Leaside residents who own real property and Leaside residents who do nor own real property will prove to have been the right way to go forward.

For more details, please see the article by Carol Burtin Fripp, Co-President, in the December issue of Leaside Life magazine.