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Take Action on the 2012 budget before January 17th

Call or email your city councillor today! 

With decisions on the city budget looming, Toronto residents continue to organize to stop proposed budget cuts, user fee hikes and job losses that will make things worse in our communities. Across Toronto, residents have been taking action against the damaging cuts and user fee increases proposed in the 2012 budget. Residents are fueled by the knowledge that these cuts are unnecessary and that they can be stopped  by taking action in our home wards and speaking to our city councillors before they vote on the budget from January 17-18th.

Today, the Budget Committee will meet to wrap up their discussions of the 2012 budget before the Executive Committee meets on January 12th. More info on what's happened to date since the budget launch in November can be found in this update. 

Toronto residents can still impact the budget process - but we must act quickly and encourage everyone we know to get involved too. Below, you will find more info on speaking to your  councillor, details of councillors' budget forums, a call to pack council chambers from morning until night from January 17-18th & details on the Rally for Toronto taking place at 5:30 pm on January 17th at City Hall. 

1. Take the time right now, before you close this email, to call or email your local councillor and let them know you are worried about proposed budget cuts. You can call or email their office 24/7 and leave a message. Find out who your councillor is by calling 311 or by entering your address here and accessing their contact info.

  • If you are leaving a message for a councillor, please be sure to provide your name, address and preferred contact info; make it clear that you live in their ward.
  • Want more info on proposed cuts? You can review a summary here.
  • Want an idea of how to structure your message to councillors? Personalize the examples in this brief guide with your own experiences.

2.  Attend a budget forum being held in your ward! Many councillors are hosting meetings about the proposed 2012 budget this week. Find out your councillor’s position on the budget and share your concerns. Upcoming forums that have been publicized are listed below, but a full list, including past forums and whether councillors intend to hold forums or not, can be found here.

Forums on Tuesday January 10th:

* Scarborough Community Council, which includes all of the City Councillors in Scarborough, is holding a meeting on the budget  at 7:30 p.m. at the Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Boroughs Drive. Community members are invited to make deputations at this meeting, but should register in advance to speak: scc@toronto.ca or 416-396-7287

* Councillor Parker, Ward 26 Don Valley West: holding two events - 1) Tuesday, January 10 from 7-9 p.m. at OFL Building, 15 Gervais Drive (east of Don Mills, north of Eglinton) 2) Thursday, January 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Leaside Gardens, 1073 Millwood Road

* Councillor Pasternak, Ward 10 York Centre: planning one for January 10, contact his office for more info - 416-392-1371or councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca.

Forums on Wednesday January 11th:

* Councillor Augimeri, Ward 9 York Centre: 7 p.m. at Downsview Secondary School Cafeteria, 7 Hawksdale Road (east of Keele, north of Wilson)

* Councillor Colle, Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence: 6:30 p.m. at Glen Long Community Centre, 35 Glen Long Avenue (west of Dufferin, north of Glencairn) (Social Planning Toronto speaker among guest speakers at this town hall)

* Councillor Crisanti, Ward 1 Etobicoke North: 7:00pm at Albion Library (1515 Albion Road)

* Councillor Fragedakis, Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth: 7 p.m. at S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue (west of Coxwell, south of Cosburn)

* Councillor Matlow, Ward 22 St. Paul’s:  7-9  p.m. at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Avenue West

3. Request a meeting with your city councillor. Invite members of your community to attend the meeting so that the councillor knows that a diverse range of people are concerned, including seniors, young people, business owners, faith leaders, volunteers and many others. Arrange a meeting by calling or emailing your councillor’s office - their contact info can be found here or by calling 311.

4. Join hundreds of other Toronto residents at the January 17th & 18th city council meetings from morning until night - our strong presence showcases the importance of city services and good jobs to everyone in our city. The meetings are happening in Council Chambers at City Hall (100 Queen Street West) from 9:30 am til late both days; show up early or after work and show your support a greater Toronto.

5. Join the Rally for Toronto! Come to City Hall on Tuesday January 17th at 5:30 pm as we rally to Save City Services and Defend Good Jobs. Find out more at www.facebook.com/RespectToronto.

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