Toronto Mike

Centre of Universe Cuts Services

Toronto City Hall

I love this city.  They don't call me Toronto Mike for nothing.  I was born in the 416, I've lived every second of my life in the 416 and I very well may die in the 416, although I'm hoping not for a very long time.

The City of Toronto has announced a series of cost-cutting measures to save $34 million by the end of the year.  City Manager Shirley Hoy outlined the measures today as part of a package she says will save the city $83 million in a full year.  Here are some of the low-lights.

  • City Community centres close Mondays from mid-September until the end of the year
  • Reduced library hours
  • Delayed opening of outdoor artificial ice rinks
  • Reduced pickup of yard waste and leaves
  • Cancellation of door-to-door waste pickup at townhouses
  • Less snow removal and litter pickup
  • Reduced maintenance of parks and trees
  • Less bylaw enforcement and fewer building inspections
  • Early closure of municipal golf courses

From a selfish perspective, nothing there will really change my life.  Hopefully the reduction in snow removal won't effect my running.  Still, they're cutting a bunch of services in this city and that's a slippery slope.

Toronto deserves better.

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