Long-time Toronto-Danforth councillor Paula Fletcher will have four challengers for councillor in the municipal election on Oct. 24.
As temperatures drop and snow storms become the norm for February, Toronto’s cycling community has struggled with the state of the bike lanes.
From the Don Valley in the north, Riverdale in the west and Greektown in the centre, every inch of Toronto-Danforth is special to Paula Fletcher.
Two city councillors sat beside each other, while other candidates criticized them down at the Ward 14 debate on Wednesday.
Reporters for the Toronto Observer are liveblogging the first council candidates’ debate for the new Ward 14. The debate is being held at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.
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.”