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There are ways of funding badly needed projects that are already at hand and don't involve squeezing the long-suffering taxpayer harder. Although it would take some political will, Toronto could realize millions in savings that would go a long way in addressing its budget shortfall.
A handful of city councillors say they're concerned about an $86-million hole in Mayor John Tory's proposed city budget. The problem is the province is pulling off the table money for housing and offe...
Unhappy over last-minute moves to add new spending, Toronto budget chief Mike Del Grande resigned his post on Wednesday. Del Grande, who has held the position for two years, had hinted at making the...
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appears to have the votes to pass the 2013 city budget, though he'll have to wait until at least Wednesday after councillors decided to suspend their discussions for the night....
Toronto's budget committee has voted against recommending this year's police budget as the chair of the committee vows to closely scrutinize police spending. The matter of the police budget will now...
Toronto’s red hot real-estate market has helped deliver an unexpected boost to the city’s bottom line. The city will officially announce its year-end fiscals on Monday and it’s expected the surplus w...
Toronto's 2011 year-end surplus is a whopping $292-million -- $138-million more than city staff forecast when council signed off on this year's contentious budget, The Globe and Mail ha
Toronto's 2012 budget debate is over, but the war of words continued Wednesday as Mayor Rob Ford's allies criticized councillors who pulled back from about $20 million worth of cuts. Coun. Giorgio Ma...
Toronto's city council passed its controversial 2012 budget on Tuesday, but some of its planned cutbacks have been dropped. Protesters tried to get into the building as the debate went on inside, and...
As a former mayor and budget chief, I understand the difficulty that goes into crafting a budget and tough decisions that must be made about certain programs. However, I hope Toronto Council will reassess some of the proposed cuts in this budget, especially those that affect the most vulnerable among us.
The city has released a document showing how it intends to eliminate 2,300 jobs in the new year. The job cuts were announced earlier this week when Mayor Rob Ford released his proposed 2012 operating...
TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford says Toronto's proposed 2012 budget holds a property tax increase to 2.5 per cent due to a number of savings.Ford says the city has reined in spending to the point where it wi...
The head of one of Toronto's unions says a lockout is almost a certainty in January because the city wants to target so-called jobs for life provisions. "The city's initial offer is a direct attack o...
The City of Toronto is expected to have a $140 million surplus this year, thanks in large part to greater than expected revenues from the land transfer tax that Mayor Rob Ford has said he wants to dis...
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TORONTO - Toronto's executive committee, chaired by Mayor Rob Ford, is meeting today to discuss proposed cuts in the recent core service report.It could end up being another marathon session as about...
TORONTO - Toronto and other Ontario municipalities will be under more pressure to slash spending if the Progressive Conservatives form the next provincial government, Premier Dalton McGuinty warned Tu...
TORONTO - Toronto's city manager released the final report of a core services review Monday, recommending which jobs, services and city-run attractions should be cut in the face of a massive budget sh...
The fact that Toronto's mayor is fat is relevant to the debate about his competency to do his duties. Not only does his risk for heart disease and stroke call into question his ability to remain physically healthy for an entire term, I think it also speaks to a level of personal irresponsibility and short-sightedness.
The discussion around cutting library services comes from a place devoid of thought or emotion. It comes from a place where numbers on a balance sheet are expected to tell the entire story, when in fact they merely tell us how much things cost.
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September is just around the corner, and while Rob's main job will be to try to deliver Toronto to the Conservative party, maybe we can still take it back.
Cities like ours are surging with an enormous reservoir of creativity. We're soaking in it. If Toronto's mayor had the vision to seek innovation, our waterfront, parks and libraries might stand a chance. Toronto could take its place as a leader in sustainable revenue generation and urban planning.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will meet with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty on Wednesday morning but the topics the two will discuss aren't being revealed. The meeting between the two leaders if scheduled...
Making programs and services more efficient and effective is welcome, and that should help in reducing costs and better serving public needs, but it would be naïve to assume that efficiency alone could solve the deficit. Therefore cuts, and maybe tax or user fee increases, will have to be made.
Recently the mayor of Toronto pulled an 'all-nighter' to hear from approximately 300 of the roughly three million people who live in Toronto. But the process for 'meaningful consultation' was fatally flawed.
Rob Ford danced into office promising to "stop the gravy train" at city hall. Problem is, he and his strategy are still dancing but there is no gravy. Now that we have seen each other in that committee room, and from behind a microphone, we must connect, strategize and resist.
Things indeed have to change at City Hall. No one really knows how though, because the Fords' Toronto has become reactionary, too. A reactionary public, led by a reactionary mayor and flamed by a reactionary press has led to the disappearance of any sort of intelligent discourse.
The mayor of Canada's largest city is in cost-cutting mode and a local food policy, originally passed in 2008, has just escaped the chopping block. Well almost. As many locavores will tell you, there is the price on the grocery receipt and there are the costs that we pay elsewhere -- the hospital bills, the environmental debt and the money farmers pay out of their own pockets to stay afloat.
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- Thousands of city workers in Toronto are being offered buyouts in a bid to trim a bulging budget. City manager Joe Pennachetti announced details of the buyout offer today, saying...
My city is facing a budget crisis, eh? What Rob and Doug are sayin' is that we're short about $775 million. I'm surprised that the Hosers of Hogtown haven't cottoned on to the marketing geniuses at NASCAR for inspiration.