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Here we go again: City of Toronto 2017 budget

Don’t be surprised if you get a sense of déjà vu as the mayor and Toronto city council wrap up the budget for 2017, this week. City council finalized the budget during a meeting scheduled for Feb. 14-15. On the chopping block for budget reductions are popular public services such as library hours, childcare and the potential closing of a men’s shelter in North York for people addressing substance-abuse. They’ve all faced similar threatened cuts in previous years.



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Police association head warns against TPS budget cut

The union representing Toronto’s front line police officers says reductions to the police budget will have a noticeable impact on public safety.

On Tuesday, the City released its preliminary 2017 budget, which proposes a $4.4 million cut to annual police spending. Also included in the report are increases to property taxes and investment in public transit.

Mike McCormack, the president of the Toronto Police Association (TPA) warned that crime will rise as Toronto’s population increases.

“We have huge sporting events, (and Toronto is) a destination city,” McCormack said. “That’s a huge demand on police resources. There is clear evidence that properly deployed police officers have an impact on crime prevention.”





Library security guards expensive, unnecessary, mayor says

The 2010 shooting death of a father by his son using a crossbow at Main Street library was raised Thursday during the Toronto budget debate at City Hall. Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon referenced the murder of Si Cheng in response to an unsuccessful money-saving proposal by Mayor Rob Ford to cut security guards at libraries.




TDSB budget in recovery

The Scarborough Basketball Association uses TDSB school facilities as a space to run their programs. About 2, 500 kids participate in these programs alone. Meanwhile, the TDSB is facing an $11 million budget shortfall.