Residents believe 'Scarborough deserves better,' call for Toronto to invest

Residents "tired of the lack of investment in Scarborough and its unfair reputation" have stopped waiting for the City of Toronto to help revitalize their community and are taking matters into their own hands.

'A strong suburb makes for a better city,' one community leader says

Jennifer McKelvie says Rouge park is a selling feature of Scarborough because "it's a fun place where you can still be in the city and feel like you're really up in northern Ontario... and you can really experience what Canada is all about." (John Rieti/CBC)

Residents "tired of the lack of investment in Scarborough and its unfair reputation" have stopped waiting for the City of Toronto to help revitalize their community and are taking matters into their own hands. 

Scarborough Community Renewal Organization launched earlier this year to implement and collaborate on a series of recommendations after five rotary clubs in the neighbourhood "felt Scarborough deserves better," said the organization's interim chair, Jennifer McKelvie on CBC's Metro Morning.
Tired of waiting for the City of Toronto to invest in Scarborough, Jennifer McKelvie is one of 75 volunteers with Scarborough Community Renewal Organization taking action to change their district. (Jennifer McKelvie/Facebook)

Scarborough was once characterized as the "city of the future,"  but when it became a part of Toronto 18 years ago, it "really took the vibrancy out of the civic centre and it's not the dynamic, energetic place it could be," said McKelvie, who ran for city council, Ward 44, in 2014.  

But McKelvie has a vision and is one of 75 volunteers helping to re-imagine the community. 

"Residents were tired of waiting on politicians to take charge and make these things happen, so we decided to take things into our own hands," McKelvie said. "Through advocacy and action we want to promote the Scarborough advantage to investors and encourage them to come here." 

Scarborough Community Renewal Organization is hosting a panel with Scarborough Business Association at Centennial College on Thursday night to start a conversation on how to improve the district's workforce and address the skill set gap. 

"I want Toronto to wake up and realize that a strong suburb makes for a better city for everyone," she said.​

With files from Metro Morning