Toronto city hall exploring
options to fight Ford's council cut
[Dave Rider, City Hall Bureau Chief, Toronto Star]
Aug 8, 2018 5:59 PM
Plans are forming to fight Premier Doug Ford’s bill to slash the size of Toronto city council as some opposition builds from conservative quarters.
.....While the Ontario government has constitutionally conferred power over municipalities, one expert wondered about limits on that power. Could the province, say, install one Etobicoke councillor as leader of Canada’s biggest city?
Fewer elected officials - not a good way for
Toronto City Hall to save money
[Josef Filipowicz, Senior Policy Analyst, Fraser Institute]
Aug 6, 2018 4:33 PM
According to a wealth of research on municipal amalgamation in Ontario (and Toronto in particular), in the 20 years since amalgamation, government spending (per-household) on important services such as fire protection, garbage collection, and parks and recreation has increased, not decreased.
Aug 6, 2018 4:26 PM
It’s true there is no political theatre quite like a city council meeting but it’s also true that this is the level of government closest to our everyday lives. From the moment you turn on a tap or flush the toilet in the morning, it’s your municipal government that oversees much of what you need to work, play and prosper throughout the day. The decisions, compromises and arguments are often at the neighbourhood level and are personal.