In the spring and summer of 2011, the City reviewed all City services to decide which ones to cut, which to reduce, and which to increase user fees for, including important environmental programs. On Tuesday, January 17th, a majority of City Councillors voted to stop proposed cuts to key environmental services in the 2012 City Budget. Read more about how TEA was involved in this victory for the environment!
The opportunity for public input was very small but 13,000 Torontonians answered a survey in June, and hundreds more spoke at round-the-clock Committee meetings in July and September about services. Read about the Public Survey and Input from Committee meetings here.
January 17 2012 - Council votes to save key environmental services in the 2012 City Budget.
September 28 2011 - Council votes on Executive Committee recommendations: Chooses to make some cuts, saves some important services and will review potential cuts again in November budget debates.
September 20 2011 - Executive Committee votes on City Manager's recommendations - want to cut services now or in November; 300 people speak against the cuts.
July 2011 - Various Committees review 'Opportunities' identified by Consultants and vote to consider major service cuts in September; Hundreds speak against cuts
June 2011 - Nearly 13,000 Torontonians participate in Public Consultation on public services - overwhelming support for retaining and improving services with modest tax increases.
What You Can Do:
The key action now moves from City Hall out to all corners of the City, as TEA and other groups, talk to Torontonians about what services are important to them, and what we can do to save them.
Call your Councillor today to ask them to say no to environmental service cuts, especially quick decisions with no information about economic, social or environmental impacts.
Help us reach more Torontonians