Yesterday was an important day in Toronto politics. Rob Ford had his wrist slapped for over-reaching, and right-wing city councillors were defeated in their efforts to cut spending at City Hall.
The biggest battle was over a $150 million pot of money found earlier this month. Right-wing councillors wanted to use it to pay off a streetcar bill. The remainder of the council wanted to keep about 10% of the surplus to ease the pain of budget cuts.
Late in the game, Councillor Josh Colle proposed that about $15 million should be set aside so that there would not be cuts to:
- Childcare rent subsidies and programming
- Free recreation programs for young people in priority neighbourhoods (Weston is a priority neighbourhood)
- Ice rinks and pools
- TTC service
- Homeless shelters
- Leaf collection services.
Left- and centre- leaning politicians rallied around this proposal, and it narrowly passed. Frances Nunziata voted against the amendment, however, and in favour of cuts.