Following message is from Michael Craig of Sixth Street
Dear Friends of Social, Recreational and HUMAN Services in South Etobicoke,
Because we love our city and south Etobicoke, we must take action collectively to convince City Council, and Councillor Grimes in particular, NOT to balance the city budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.
We invite you to attend a
Budget Information Meeting
Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m.
East Hall at the Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
(Kipling Ave. & Lake Shore Blvd. W.)
Also, please publicize the meeting by sending this email and flyer to everyone you know and work with in Ward 6.
So why is this important?
The 2013 City Budget debate has been raging at City Hall for the past month. Although the projected deficit or budget shortfall is not as scary as it was a year ago, many provisions of the proposed budget will have an extremely negative impact on services in Ward 6 and across Toronto.
- TTC – the budget foresees an increase in fares (already among the highest in North America) and no improvement in service to south Etobicoke.
- The budget for affordable housing has been cut in half, with a 16% funding cut for shelter, support and housing; meanwhile at least 70,000 people are on waiting lists for subsidized housing.
- For the third year we face a funding freeze on CPIP (Community Partnership and Investment Program) grants; to match inflation $2.8 million more is needed for CPIC.
- Cuts to recreation programs (called $3 million in “efficiencies”) will reduce quality and access.
Come out on January 9 to learn about sensible alternatives to budget cuts for social services.
Our speaker Councillor Shelley Carroll, the former budget chief will be informative and engaging. Councillor Mark Grimes has been invited to attend, though he declined to co-sponsor this event. For further information, please call me.
56 Sixth Street
Toronto, ON M8V 3A2