As we get down to crunch time on the tax vote, both sides of the debate are gearing up for one last push. Today Mayor David Miller announced a panel of experts to examine the City’s budget for savings and this evening he is scheduled to trek out to Ward 41 to speak at a meeting for anti-tax councillor Chin Lee’s constituents. On the other side, Councillor Karen Stintz addressed the Economic Club of Toronto at a luncheon where she dug her heels in as firmly as ever against the taxes and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong was the keynote speech at a realtors’ professional association AGM, and was joined by anti-tax cohorts Councillors Michael Feldman, Michael Thompson, Mike Del Grande and Case Ootes.
As we get closer to Monday’s decision, the swing votes are going to be under increasing pressure to make up their mind. So, as Spacing’s Matt Blackett said last night at a panel discussion in Swansea, no matter which side you’re on it’s time to make your voice heard.
For those supporting fair taxes for a better Toronto, here are a couple of important events you don’t want to miss:
Rally for open libraries and stocked shelves
Who: The citizen members of the Toronto Public Library Board (of which I am one) and the Writers Union of Canada invite all Toronto residents who value their public libraries as democratic, educational and cultural hubs to join us to support fair taxes.
What: Rally to keep libraries open and books on the shelf
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (just north of Bloor)
Why: The Toronto Public Library gets 91% of its funding from the City of Toronto. So as Toronto goes, so does the Library. If the Library is asked to make cuts, the only discretionary fund with enough money in it to cut from is our materials budget (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) This could mean that the TPL purchases 350,000 fewer materials in 2008. Consequently, patrons would only find the book they are looking for in one of every three trips to the library.
When: Sunday, October 21, 12:00-1:00PM
Rally for taxes
Who: All Torontonians and Mayor David Miller, organized by a broad-based coalition of environmental and social advocacy groups.
What: Rally for the taxes that will ensure Toronto continues to enjoy a high quality of life. After the rally, you are encouraged to observe the tax debate in Council Chambers.
Where: Nathan Philips Square
Why: Because your city needs you.
When: Monday, October 22, 8:30-9:30AM
Photo by Mute.