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Gil Meslin

Land Use and Policy Planner, MCIP, RPP

Gil is a Land Use and Policy Planner and the Research & Policy Planner at Artscape.

Gil undertakes research, community consultation and partner engagement to advance pre-development planning for major new Artscape projects.

His responsibilities include project evaluation, concept development, and impact analysis; feasibility studies; demographic and sector analysis; site, neighbourhood, and policy analysis in the context of potential projects and external consultation; development and management of work programs for long-term research projects; preparation of policy and statistical briefings; mapping and data visualization; planning, coordinating, and facilitating stakeholder and community engagement processes; managing interns and external hires; coordinating and working external consultants and multi-partner project teams; and, authoring reports.


Panel: Making Housing Affordable In The GTA

3:30 pm
4:00 pm

Toronto has been ranked one of the least affordable cities in the world for housing. In the past 10 years, a growing population and low interest rates have caused a real estate boom in Toronto that has pushed housing prices beyond the grasp of the average income earner.

Reversing course on housing affordability will require action from many parties: government, real estate developers, banks, planners and more.

This panel will discuss what can and should be done to make Toronto a permanent home for more people. It will examine factors like housing supply, rent control, zoning, speculation as well as alternative forms of ownership.

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