Myer Siemiatycki

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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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Second Base shelter’s breakfast program gets second chance

Second Base Youth Shelter’s prayers have been answered in the form of new funding that will help it keep its breakfast program running. The Islamic Foundation of Toronto, with support from Darchei Noam — a Jewish congregation — will launch the new Feeding Faithfully program Feb. 27.