Ageist mil­len­ni­als nar­row-minded

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Re When 59 is the loneli­est num­ber, Tei­tel, May 19

I can com­pletely sym­pa­thize with Elle Gal­lagher’s dilemma over her age while look­ing for a suit­able place to live with room­mates. She is com­pletely right to feel os­tra­cized by Toronto’s nar­row­minded youth. It’s not just rent­ing that’s the prob­lem; dis­crim­i­na­tion over age is at work, too. At one job, I heard a 29-year-old wo­man say “old peo­ple are bor­ing.” An­other mil­len­nial called me grandma, when I was just 31!

I be­lieve the rea­son it’s eas­ier to find young peo­ple from Europe who are open to rent­ing with her is they are sim­ply more ma­ture and don’t see hav­ing friends or room­mates who are dif­fer­ent ages as a set­back. When I was 25, we had friends of all ages. We saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to grow and learn from their ex­pe­ri­ence.

Most im­por­tantly, Toronto is in des­per­ate need of af­ford­able hous­ing, no mat­ter what age. Alana Ray­man, Toronto

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