The Toronto Plaza in North York is pushing out long-term occupants in favour of Syrian Refugees.
There are 15 rooms at the hotel that are rented out on a weekly or monthly basis to individuals “in transition”, according to management at The Plaza.
But after being approached by COSTI (a government-funded agency that is helping to settle refugees), the hotel has decided to reassign those rooms to Syrian refugees. In fact, the entire 200-room hotel has been booked by the newcomers.
Plaza assistant general manager Ahmed Ibrahim told The Toronto Sun that “it’s a business. (COSTI) guaranteed they were going to take the rooms.”
Due to increased property taxes and hydro costs – almost $80,000 a month altogether – he said that have to go with paying clients.
A mother of three told CityNews that when she went to pay the hotel her weekly $300 payment, they told her she had to leave that day. She’s been living at the Toronto Plaza for the last six months. She claims to have been allowed another night’s stay, but it took some begging to win that reprieve.
“For them to do this is not fair,” she added. “These people (refugees) are getting three meals a day? What about us?”
Do you blame the hotel for making a decision that helps their bottom line? Should they show more compassion to local long-term residents instead of the refugees?