Sheila Cary-Meagher

East York trustees: Democracy trumps dollars

Byelections are notorious for low voter turnout. And the board expects costs for the “scaled-down” election will be in the $350,000-$400,000 range. The most recent byelection held by the TDSB was this past January, when Neethan Shan replaced elected Shaun Chen in Ward 21/Scarborough-Rouge. Chen had been elected to Parliament in the fall federal election. That vote cost $250,000.

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Trustee: Trading EAs for ECEs won’t work

“We need enough EAs in these schools,” said trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher. “They are a crucial stop-gap. We can’t turn out backs on them. I am deeply concerned we are stripping those schools too low, where they can’t function safely.”