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Council approves relocation of Cornerstone homeless shelter

Mayor Rob Ford was one of three votes against the relocation, along with councillor Doug Ford and local councillor Josh Colle.

Council has approved the relocation of a homeless shelter midtown.

Cornerstone Baptist Tabernacle, a 50-bed men's shelter, will be allowed to move to Vaughan Rd, near Oakwood Ave. It had previoiusly been located on St Clair Ave, before the building was sold to a developer.

Some residents of the area near the new location voiced concerns over the impact the shelter would have on the neighbourhood.

Mayor Rob Ford was one of three votes against the relocation, along with councillor Doug Ford and local councillor Josh Colle.

"Cause the people in the area told me loud and clear - they don't support it," mayor Ford said of his vote.

Not all future neighbours are against Cornerstone moving in nearby.

"I actually have no concerns," Sue told reporters Monday morning.

Councillor Joe Mihevc argues that while residents should be informed of a shelter being placed in their neighbourhood, the final decision should be up to council. (Cornerstone's former location was in Mihevc's ward.)

"You do not choose your neighbours," Mihevc says. "I cannot say that I do not want a particular class, race, ethnic, religious group living beside me."

Councillor Gord Perk agrees.

"Every Canadian has the right to live where they choose," Perks says. "Even if it's only temporarily sleeping in a shelter bed."

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