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City Service Review - 2011 September 10, 2011

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!

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Council Watch - Help us save Toronto's environmental services August 02, 2011

Help Save Our City!

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Council Watch - Toronto Service Review Update July 22, 2011

Councillors keep environmental services on the chopping block 

As we reported last week, environmental services are up for major cuts at City Hall. Committees met throughout the week to hear from the Mayor's consultants hired to find cost savings at City Hall as part of a major City Services Review.

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Service Review - Service Cuts July 19, 2011

As part of the City Service Review, KPMG Consultants were hired to identify which services and programs of the City are 'core' and where the City could cut services to save money. Now the City Manager has reviewed the Consultant's report and made recommendations on what services to cut now, and what services to cut or reduce in the future.

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Victory! City Council says yes to Local food, again July 17, 2011

On July 14th, 2011, City Councillors voted almost unanimously to continue buying local food for city-run daycares and seniors’ homes. Two weeks ago, some Councillors publicly stated they thought City Hall shouldn’t be supporting local farmers and the city’s food services industry that supply local food. 

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Council Watch - City services under attack! July 15, 2011

City Services under attack!

City Hall is conducting a major review of all City services to determine which programs to reduce or cut. This review has a very short timeline, and focuses on short term costs, failing to consider the environmental and social benefits of Toronto's programs.

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Victory! City Council says yes to Local food, again July 14, 2011

On July 14th, 2011, City Councillors voted almost unanimously to continue buying local food for city-run daycares and seniors’ homes.

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Council Watch - Urgent: City poised to kill Local Food policy! June 28, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: City poised to kill Support for Local Food  

Late this morning a City of Toronto committee refused to adopt a policy that would direct City staff to buy local food, when appropriate, instead of imported food that may come from thousands of miles away.
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City Service Review June 19, 2011

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!

 

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City Service Review - Public Consultation June 19, 2011

In May and June the City of Toronto asked Torontonians for their feedback on core services. On Monday July 11th, the City reported on what Torontonians said about city services. 

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Council Watch - Save Toronto's Environmental Programs! June 08, 2011

Save Toronto's Environmental Programs 

As we mentioned in our last newsletter, City Hall has launched a major Service Review on how city services are delivered, who pays for them, and where we can find efficiencies.

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Council Watch - Major Council votes - waste, incineration and all City services on the table May 25, 2011

Save Toronto's Environmental Programs

City Hall has launched a major Service Review on how city services are delivered, who pays for them, and where we can find efficiencies. The review is asking us to fill in a survey and to rank services provided by the City. Note that you can indicate that all City Services are necessary to the City - you do not actually have to chose between programs.

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Say good-bye to Toronto's last sewage incinerator! May 18, 2011

On May 18, City Council voted to stop burning Scarborough's sewage sludge at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant! Councillor Ainslie (Ward 43) led the charge to oppose the construction of a new incinerator on the site and instead invest in more sustainable, environmentally friendly management options.

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Council votes for more reports, guaranteed waste diversion May 17, 2011

On Tuesday May 17th, City Council voted on the proposal to seek private contractors to collect waste in Toronto west of Yonge. Thanks in part to TEA members' calls and emails, Councillors voted with the environment in mind!

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Council Watch - TEA's report raises questions about rushing to privatize waste: Look before you Leap May 11, 2011

Study looks at the eco-impact of private waste contracts

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Council Watch - City moves to privatize waste collection April 29, 2011

Committee moves to private waste collection

On April 26th, Toronto's Public Works & Infrastructure Committee voted 4-2 to seek bids for private waste collection in the western half of the City. They also approved staff recommendations to bypass a final Council decision on the issue, contrary to the City's own purchasing laws.

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Toronto continues to incinerate sewage after a 4 to 2 vote April 26, 2011

On April 26, the Public Works Committee again discussed the Highland Creek Incinerator. Unfortunately, the Committee voted 4 to 2 to continue incinerating sewage sludge in Scarborough. The issue now goes to Council for a final vote later in May.

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Deputation to PWI - April 26 2011 April 26, 2011

Public Works and Infrastructure Committee   --   April 26, 2011

Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) Deputation on Agenda Item: 
PW 3.1 Solid Waste Management Services Waste Collection Request for Quotations (RFQs)

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Council Watch - City Service Review & Waste Diversion March 28, 2011

City service review poised to exclude real community input

Last week, the City’s Executive Committee passed a plan to review all city services.
This review will look at what services are essential, evaluate service delivery, and costs. The plan has an incredibly short timeline, and will effectively shut out real public input. Instead, the review will be driven by the interests of well-paid external consultants, senior city staff and the Mayor’s Office. The plan goes to Council in mid April.
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Highland Creek sewage incineration debate re-opened! March 23, 2011

Councillor Moeser is attempting to re-open the debate over incineration at Scarborough’s sewage treatment plant after City Council voted to shut the incinerator down in 2010!

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