No one is allowed to say they don’t want “those people” living near them at public hearings in Toronto.

Edmonton’s Homeward Trust wants the same provision here, arguing for a “rights-based” approach to ensure housing for those struggling with mental health challenges, addictions and poverty can’t be blocked by prejudice.

In Toronto, council starts out every meeting on affordable housing by asking people to stick to the facts, saying: “We will not allow ignorance or prejudice to block the right of individuals and families to live in affordable housing in any corner of our great city.”