Podcast Episode 173: The Families Forced Out When Condos Move In

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 173 of The New Family Podcast where we explore the unintended consequences of rapid urban development.

All around us there are signs of a city bursting at the seams. Migration to major urban centres sees this playing out in metropolitan areas all over. Cranes dot the sky line, and everywhere you go there’s another billboard promoting a new development, promising a toe hold in a real estate market that’s become out of reach to most people.

But where those developments are replacing rental housing — like the kind you see here — what happens to the families that call those places home?

This is a special episode of that explores the consequences of a city’s growth that most of us don’t consider carefully enough.

Made in partnership with award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Officer and TV Ontario, we meet some of the young people who called Toronto’s Villaways housing community home.

And we hear them in action in a music program that gave them an outlet during an uncertain time, inspiring them to make the arts an important part of their lives.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Stream Unarmed Verses now at TVO.org.

Charles Officer’s NFB profile

Unarmed Verses Official Facebook Page

Another great episode produced with TVO: One of the 1st Gay Couples in the World to be Legally Married

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by