January 19 and 20th: Come out to the 2011 City Budget Hearings

Mayor Rob Ford’s budget is out and public hearings are set up for next week.  The proposed budget drains City funds and assets this year to enable Ford to freeze taxes this year. There are cuts to programs to vulnerable groups, such as tenants, TTC riders and recreation users in poor communities. Click here to read what the Toronto Star wrote about the cuts in the current budget. Check to see if you are affected by these cuts, and register to make a deputation!

To register to make a deputation notify the City Clerk, Budget Committee, by calling 416-392-1032 or 416-397-7768 or e-mailing buc@toronto.ca no later than 12 p.m. on January 18, 2011, indicating your preferred date and location. There will be a 5 minute time limit for each presentation. 

This budget is about battling visions – Ford’s Toronto is one where services are cut or contracted out. Our vision is about investing in our City and our communities especially at a time when unemployment and poverty pervade our city. We would like you to come to the budget hearings as a resident and share our vision for Toronto.

Whether you decide to speak or not, please come out. IMPORTANT NOTE: The consultation at City Hall is sponsored by councillors not by Mayor Ford, so if you want to make sure that Mayor Ford hears you, come to the hearings listed below.

There are 4 hearings:

                Wednesday January 19, 2011 – 2 locations

6:00 pm                                                                                                6:00 pm

East York Civic Centre                                                                     North York Civic Centre

Council Chambers                                                                            Council Chambers

850 Coxwell Ave                                                                               5100 Yonge St.

                Thursday January 20, 2011 – 2 locations

 

6:00 pm                                                                                                6:00 pm

Scarborough Civic Centre                                                             York Civic Centre

Council Chambers                                                                            Council Chambers

150 Borough Dr.                                                                                2700 Eglinton Ave. W.

For Further Information: David Kidd – Labour Council – (416) 441-3663 ext. 225dkidd@labourcouncil.ca

To register for the hearings:        Phone (416) 392-1032 or (416) 397-7768 or email: buc@toronto.ca

One thought on “January 19 and 20th: Come out to the 2011 City Budget Hearings”

  1. All progressive people need to oppose these amoral cuts by Ford and his henchmen.

    Call 416-397-FORD (3673) and email him at mayor_ford@toronto.ca to let him know if he cuts we will be protesting this attack on the poor at his office at his press conferences at all city publicity events at all city meetings and if necessary at his home and those of any city councillors who support his attacks on the poor.

    As councillors see these protests they will break away from Ford and I bet within a year Ford will have so much opposition he will become a lame duck unable to pass any more of his extremist right wing agenda.

    If OCAP protests Ford over this I bet this alone will scare many councillors who are supporting Ford to break away from his bandwagon and sway the city council balance away from the Ford agenda before it results in cuts to welfare programs and rates.

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