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Toronto group says Canadian slums rival New Delhi's

Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:36 PM ET

TORONTO (Reuters) - To coincide with the world premiere of the "Lord of the Rings" musical in Toronto in February, a city tenants' group will crown a "Lord of the Slums."

The group also wants slumlords to line up for a chance to win the "Golden Cockroach" award, and is eyeing a "Slums Unlimited" safari for tourists.

The campaign by the Parkdale Tenants Association, which represents residents of a down-at-the-heels west end neighborhood, is taking aim at the city of Toronto and the government of Ontario over what it says are sub-standard living conditions for low-income renters.

"When the city and province brag about spending C$3 million on bringing tourists in, we thought we'd use it as an opportunity to show this dirty little secret," association representative Bart Poesiat said on Friday.

When the "Lord of the Rings" opens, the association will offer a tour of Toronto's worst slums, which it hopes will shame governments into taking action to improve conditions.

The group will choose a "Lord of the Slums" from those it deems most responsible for "deplorable rental conditions plaguing hundreds of thousands of Torontonians."

Ontario's housing minister and Toronto's mayor are two of the nominees.

"We already had five or six requests to attend the tour from across the world... as far away as Scotland," Poesiat said, adding his group is trying to "...speak for the people that can't be heard."

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