Several notes and calls have come to me concerning possible cuts to Animal Services in the 2008 budget. I wanted to explain where things are.
Earlier this month the Mayor introduced the draft budget for consideration by the Budget Committee. This draft budget was the result of several months of intensive review by senior City staff and members of the Budget Committee, on which I sit. The Budget committee then held public hearings, and several issues were raised by the community and City Councillors. Two possible cuts to the Animal Services budget were raised: injured animal pick up and voluntary animal surrender. In the first case the City responds to calls about injured animals and collects them. In the second, the City accepts custody of pets that Torontonians can no longer care for. These two programs are a small portion of the overall Animal Services budget.
The Budget Committee is current reviewing these proposals along with a few others in other City departments. We will meet again next week to consider changes. In order to save these programs or maintain them at a lower level of service, we would need to reduce expenditures elsewhere in the City budget.
The final Budget Committee recommendations go to the City’s Executive Committee, and then to City Council for a final vote at the end of March. Personally, I am never happy to cut important public services, and will work hard to identify possible savings elsewhere. Thanks for writing.
Please find attached the flyer for a design “charette” that I and Councillor Giambrone will be holding on Saturday March 1st, 1pm at McCormick Recreation Centre, 66 Sheridan Avenue. We hope to get your feedback, comments and suggestions on the public art installation, decorative elements, heritage attributes and other components as discussed at the November 14th, 2007 meeting.
We will also be following up on questions that arose during that meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amy Johnston in my office at 416-392-0202.
On Wednesday March 5th, 630pm at the Lithuanian Hall (1573 Bloor St. West) I will again be chairing a public meeting held by the City’s Planning department to develop a community vision for future planning of Bloor Street, between Keele Street and Dundas Street West. I will be posting the flyer with more details of this meeting as soon as it becomes available.
This will be the second in a series of three meetings that the City will be holding to discuss the development of this section of Bloor and the potential impacts on the surrounding neighbourhoods. A big thank you goes out to many of you who came to the first meeting on the 16th of January to share your comments and experience of living in your neighbourhood!
Let’s keep this momentum going. The outcome of the process will be a set of guiding principles and policies for neighbourhood development. This will allow the City’s Planning department to apply these guiding principles when assessing proposed developments and their respective Avenue Segment Studies, as submitted by the developers’ team.
I do hope you will come out and share your comments and views on the 5th at 630pm. For more information on this process, please visit www.dundasandbloor.ca, or feel free to contact my office.
Toronto Police Services is hosting a community consultation to disucss their new facility.
For more information please refer to attached flyer.
Seed Collage Workshop
Join Carolin at Poor John’s CafÃ© (1610 Queen St. W) for a seed collage workshop.
Thursday March 6th, from 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $2 supplied included
To register phone: 416-534-1414
Serving Up Strikes- Charity Bowl-A-Thon
On Monday, March 03, 2008, the restaurants of Bloor West Village and Roncesvalles will be competing in “Serving up Strikes”, a Charity Bowl-A-Thon to benefit the Parkdale Foodbank. In November 2007 the Parkdale Foodbank lost its main source of income and is in need of funding in order to keep serving over 600 needy families. Five servers from Bloor West Village, Jessica Charbonneau, Julie Baelde, Emma Stevenson-Blythe, Joanne Costain and Jessa Sobczyk are organizing this event which is an opportunity for fun and friendly competition between people who work in the foodservice industry; also, it is an opportunity to contribute to other members of the community who are in need of food – food for food! So far, 15 restaurants have committed to participating and the registration packages are being distributed. Funds will be raised through pledges collected by the participants, sponsorship from local businesses, and raffles and games during the event.
For more information or to make a pledge please contact Jessica Charbonneau at 416-333-1612 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org