Frances Nunziata was called out by the Toronto Star for being a scrooge. She voted against the “Hardship Fund” that helps the poor and elderly pay for medical necessities.
Nunziata is named as one of several councillors who sided with Mayor Ford in a close vote to axe the fund. The Star says,
All of them should take a long, hard look in the mirror.
The Hardship Fund isn’t some frill recently added to Toronto’s burgeoning budget. It’s been around since the 1990s and makes a huge difference in some people’s lives. Compassion and, indeed, basic human decency dictate that this program should be spared when city manager Joe Pennachetti tables his proposed 2012 budget later this month.
The hardship fund costs the city $900,000 a year, and is used to pay for medical devices not covered by OHIP.