No “major” service cuts announced
However, some councillors not keen on those that did occur
(Written for Town Crier Jan. 10)
Mayor Rob Ford promises no major service cuts, zero tax increase in proposed 2011 city budget. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.
Mayor Rob Ford had announced the introduction of the 2011 Respect For Taxpayers budget by repeating his promises of zero property tax increases and no major service cuts.
“This budget follows one of the largest consultation processes in Canadian politics. It was called the Toronto municipal election,” said Ford, referring to the 10 month election campaign. “(Voters) told us very clearly they want us to stop the waste and reduce city expenses.”
Monday, Jan. 10 was the first day of an expedited process that will see the 2011 budget approved by the end of February rather than early April.
Ford had asked all departments to reduce their budgets by five percent but a preliminary look shows this request had mixed results. Municipal Licensing and Services requested an additional 12 percent while Employment and Social Services cut its budget by 26 percent.
Posted in Toronto News
Tagged 2011, budget, buses, councillor, Kris Scheuer, Libraries, Mayor, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, taxes, Town Crier
Mayor asking other departments to cut more to avoid fare hike
(Written Jan. 10 for Town Crier.)
Mayor Ford announces the preliminary 2011 city budget. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.
Today, Toronto got its first glance at a budget under Mayor Rob Ford.
The bad news is TTC is proposing a 10 cent fare hike and reduced bus service on more than 45 routes to increase service on busier ones.
“I did not want to agree to this,” Ford told reporters speaking about the fare hike. “I am not happy about this.”
Ford says he wants to find another option rather than raise transit fares including asking other departments, including the police, to reduce their requests for increases.
However, as of today the recommendation is the TTC raise fares on Feb. 1 including: Adult tokens going up 10 cent to $2.60, Metropasses increasing to $126. Student and senior ticket prices would increase 10 cents to $1.75 and student Metropasses would rise to $104. Children’s fares would remain unchanged.
There would also be service reductions on 48 bus routes including: Royal York 73B no service after 7 p.m. Leaside 56 no service after 10 p.m. Mon-Sat. Forest Hill 33 no service after 7 p.m. Mon-Fri and no service on the weekends or holidays. Continue reading
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Tagged 10, budget, cents, city, fare, hike, increase, Karen Stintz, Kris Scheuer, Mayor, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Town Crier, TTC
Rob Ford elected new mayor
Some incumbent councillors lose
New faces on 45-member city council
Mayor-elect Rob Ford at the Town Crier's editorial board. Town Crier file photo.
Here’s a run down of the winners, upsets, and top place results for the Oct. 25 vote.
Of the possible 1,546,732 eligible voters, voter turnout was about 52.6 percent, which is up from the 2006 election with 39.3 percent.
RESULTS: Toronto here’s your new mayor and 44 councillors.
Are you pleased with the results for mayor and council seats? Please let me know…
Mayor-elect is Rob Ford with 383,501 votes for 47.11 percent followed by George Smitherman in second with 289,832 for 35.6 percent, according to the city’s website. Of course, 38 other mayoral candidates were on the ballot and results for each can be found here and may vary as the city updates the election results.
Here are the councillors-elect for all 44 wards with a list of each winner and closest runner-up. For a full list of all candidates votes in each race, click here.
Etobicoke-North Ward 1: Vincent Crisanti won with 40.75% of the vote ousting incumbent councillor Suzan Hall, who got 36.96%.
Posted in Toronto Politics
Tagged Adam Vaughan, Ana Bailão, Anthony Perruzza, Cesar Palacio, Chin Lee, council, David Shiner, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Doug Ford, Doug Holyday, election, Frances Nunziata, Frank Di Giorgio, Gary Crawford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Gord Perks, James Pasternak, Janet Davis, Jaye Robinson, Joe Mihevc, John Filion, John Parker, Josh Colle, Josh Matlow, Karen Stintz, Kris Scheuer, Kristyn Wong Tam, Maria Augimeri, Mark Grimes, Mary Fragedakis, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Mayor, Michael Thompson, Michelle Berardinetti, Mike Del Grande, Mike Layton, night, Norm Kelly, Pam McConnell, Paul Ainslie, Paula Fletcher, Peter Milczyn, Raymond Cho, results, Rob Ford, Ron Moeser, Sarah Doucette, Shelley Carroll, Toronto, Vincent Crisanti
Toronto-Centre hopefuls weight in
Balancing development with protection of neighbourhoods
(Written for Town Crier Oct. 14)
How will you protect the local character of neighbourhoods while balancing the need for revitalization and development in Ward 30?
Liz West is running in Ward 30. Photo courtesy of Liz West.
Councillor Paula Fletcher is seeking re-election. Town Crier file photo.
Liz West‘s answer: It’s not enough to fight against development and just say no. Defeating a residential and commercial project on Eastern (Avenue) only to have it replaced with car dealerships as of right while pretending to protect the film studios, did not serve the community well. I believe Ward 30 residents need to understand fully the choices they face so that they can make informed decisions on what is best for the community. I plan to lead those discussions, especially around the developments proposed for the Pan Am games, continued candidate West. These games provide an opportunity to clean up the contaminated Port Lands while creating a balanced development of recreational, reside ntial and commercial spaces that can be showcased to the world.
Paula Fletcher‘s answer: As the current councillor I worked with the community to stop the Big Box on Eastern Avenue. The film industry did not want it as it would jeopardize the future of film; the neighbourhood not want seven million car trips annually through neighbourhood streets and all of the small, family owned businesses on Queen Street, from Leslieville to the Beach, did not want to have their sector decimated.