Save our bike lanes! Save our street sweeping! Save our Public Realm office! Save our Toronto Environment Office!
Save our affordable childcare! Save our tree canopy! Save our night buses! Save our Public Libraries!
As many of you may or may not know, the City is currently undergoing a Core Services Review, in which many of our public services are under attack and on the chopping block.
What YOU can do:
– call your Councillor and Mayor Ford and let them know how important our public services are to you
– register to make a deputation at City Exec on Monday September 19 (details below)
– sign the many petitions to save our services (details below)
– join the rally on September 26, 5:30pm (details below)
The City Manager’s Report, released earlier this week, outlines the reduction and elimination of dozens of City services. Taken together, these cuts will make Toronto dramatically less liveable, less prosperous and less fair. A copy of the full report is available on-line here.
Making a Deputation
You can speak out against the cuts by making a deputation to the Executive Committee on Monday, September 19th, starting at 9:30 AM. We hope many of you can make it down to speak. You can register by emailing email@example.com or by calling 416.392.6627.
If you would like help registering, writing or preparing your deputation, please do not hesitate to contact me at michelle.stamour(at)gmail(dot)com. I can offer pointers and forward some draft deputations that might help you get started.
The deputations run all day and it is often hard to know when your turn at the mic will come up. If you want to know where we are in the agenda, and when your time slot is coming up, please send me an email (michelle.stamour(at)gmail(dot)com) with your cell phone number and I will be sure to text you during the day as the meeting progresses.
Alternatively, you can submit written comments. The Exec Clerk can assist you in filing written comments, at 416.392.6627 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to cc your City Councillor, the Mayor and the City Manager.
One Toronto is hosting a free breakfast at Holy Trinity Church, 10 Trinity Square, behind the Eaton Centre, before the Executive Meeting, Sept 19th from 7:30 to 9:30 AM.
Rally for Toronto: September 26, 5:30, City Hall
Rally for Toronto! Community Day of Action. Save city services, defend good jobs!
Rally outside the City Council Meeting
September 26, 5:30pm, Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W)
Please forward and post widely.
Petitions and Advocacy Groups
Many concerned community groups have been coming together over the past few weeks to fight back against the cuts. Help these organizations, and the amazing public services they aim to protect, by signing their petitions, getting in touch with them or even visiting their websites for more information.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of current groups and petitions. Apologies for any accidental omissions. If you know of a great group, action, or petition that is not found below, please email me the info at michelle.stamour(at)gmail(dot)com.
TTC Riders: TTCRiders is a public transit advocacy group that gives transit riders a voice. They are transit users who want more and better public transit in Toronto.
Transit Core Services that are “gravy” include: night buses, affordable fares, Transit City.
Toronto Environmental Alliance: The Toronto Environmental Alliance’s (TEA) mission is to promote a greener Toronto. They work with concerned individuals, community groups, professionals and workers, encouraging the participation of local people on local issues.
Environmental Core Services that are “gravy” include: tree canopy, environmental services/programs, public transit, bike lanes, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, recycling, compost, toxic taxi and more!
Our Public Library: OurPulicLibrary.to is a network of people dedicated to preserving the integrity of one of the world’s greatest public library systems, the Toronto Public Library. Over 1.2 million Torontonians hold a library card.
Library Core Services that are “gravy” include: many local Public Library Branches, affordable user fees, and access to information and services.
Toronto Arts Foundation: The Toronto Arts Foundation believes that a great city demands great art, and by supporting, celebrating, financing, and advocating for Toronto’s artists, they can improve the quality of life for all Torontonians.
Arts Core Services that are “gravy” include: arts and culture funding, performing arts centres, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and more!
Their petition can be found here.
Commitment 2 Community: Commitment 2 Community wants to ensure that the City of Toronto does not cut vital programs that make this a fairer more equitable city for Torontonians.
One Toronto: The goal of One Toronto is to ensure that the public debate about the future of our city focuses on a positive vision for a strong, inclusive Toronto. A vision for building a city that offers everyone respect, a decent quality of life – a place where we all feel we belong.