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TDSB delays rental increase for church groups

TORONTO - Church groups facing 800% rent increases at the Toronto District School Board got an early Christmas present this month when trustees voted to defer the fee hike until September 2013.

But, Dr. Charles McVety of Canadian Christian College says the delay does nothing to solve the issue for faith groups that have banded together to fight the hike in the fall. School board officials jacked up rent for community groups to help offset a $110-million budget shortfall.

“In typically incompetent fashion, all they do is kick the can down the streets,” he said, adding many churches have already sought out other space. “It seems to be the (trustees’) M.O. They don’t really deal with much.”