Doug Ford defends 'nightmare' comments made about autism group home - 2014-05-18
Toronto city councillor Doug Ford has re-affirmed his stance against a group home in a west Etobicoke neighbourhood, saying the home's presence has dropped property values and become a "nightmare" for locals.
The Ward 2 councillor said he was misled when representatives from the Griffin Centre proposed putting a home for the developmentally disabled, including those with autism, in the neighbourhood. In the two months since the Griffin Centre opened, Ford said residents have reported constant visits from police, EMS and fire, repeated car break-ins and late-night screaming at the house. He also said Griffin Centre patients have been leaving the home unsupervised, contrary to what he was told before the facility moved in.
"They said they would have a few kids with autism and they wouldn't leave the house unsupervised, and my heart goes out to families that have children with autism and I wanted to try to help," Ford told CP24 in a telephone interview on Sunday.
"If somebody told me this was going to happen, I wouldn't have OK'd it."