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Re: Student housing can benefit a neighbourhood, Feb. 19

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February 21, 2014

Letters to the Editor
Ottawa Citizen
1101 Baxter Road
Box 2020
Ottawa, ON
K2C 3M4

Thank you for pointing out that “student housing can benefit a neighbourhood.” The points you make about not applying different rules for students, and the need to focus on the character of a building instead of potential tenants, echo the human rights messages we have been sending across Ontario. Everyone – including students – has human rights in housing. Making decisions based on the “perceived desirability of the people who might want to live there” is not the way to build healthy, welcoming communities.


Barbara Hall
Chief Commissioner
Ontario Human Rights Commission