2011 City Budget

Posted on January 7, 2011

Happy New Year.

January begins a new year and with that, a new city budget and a new city budget process.

I am very worried about the impact of this city budget on the City’s finances and the quality of our services.

Mayor Ford has already shrunk the City’s income by cutting the personal vehicle tax and freezing property taxes. This will have an impact on our ability to deliver quality public service. On Monday January 10th, we will see for the first time how big that impact will be.

To make matters worse, this year the City will have the most truncated and least open budget process in its history.

For the first time, member of the public are not allowed to make public deputations to the Budget Committee. Instead, select members of the budget committee will hear presentations. There will be no opportunity to come to Toronto City Hall to speak up. No hearing is being permitted and City Hall.  Also, the budgets are being introduced and approved faster than ever before, with a minimum of Council debate.

January 19th and 20th will have an opportunity to speak up for Ward 14 and the future of our city and our city services.

The Budget sub-committee will meet with the public on January 19th at the East York Civic Centre and on January 20th at York Civic Centre. These scheduled dates are your only opportunity to speak to the 2011 Water Rate, Waste Rate (garbage and recycling), and the City’s overall Capital and Operating budgets.

If you have something to say about the kind of City you want, mark these dates to make a deputation or write in to the Budget Committee.

We will all have to be extra vigilant to ensure that the City budget reflects our priorities, protects the service we care about, and invests in the kind of City we want.

I will post detailed information on the City Operating and Capital Budgets as it becomes available.

Please consider keeping either the 19th or 20th open. The hearings will be held at:

January 19th, 2011: East York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
850 Coxwell Avenue

January 20th, 2011: York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
2700 Eglinton Avenue West

Directions for both locations available on -line at: www.toronto.ca/311/locations.htm

Written comments can be submitted to:

Merle MacDonald
10th floor, West Tower, City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

email: buc@toronto.ca
phone: 416-392-7340

And, as always, I want to hear from you directly.

Gord

2011 Garbage Tags mailed out

Posted on January 7, 2011

2011 Garbage Tags mailed out

Solid Waste Management Services has commenced the mail out of Garbage Bag Tags to all residential properties on City of Toronto curbside collection.  Residents should receive these new tags by the first week of January 2011.  The green tags issued last year expire on December 31, 2010.

We will be providing two (2) free Garbage Bag Tags (colour orange) valid from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.  These Garbage Bag Tags are to be used when the volume of garbage set out on collection day is greater than the volume of the resident’s City-issued Garbage Bin.

Please refer to the attached link for further information and sample of 2011 Garbage Bag Tags:

http://www.toronto.ca/garbage/2011_garbage_bag_tags.htm

In early 2011 City Council will consider the proposal for the continued annual mail out of four (4) free Garbage Bag Tags beyond 2011.  If approved, two (2) additional Garbage Bag Tags that also expire December 31, 2011 will be mailed to residents prior to June 2011.

Should a property owner currently receiving curbside collection wish to report that they have not received their tags, they should file a service request through 311 for “tags not received”.  311 Service Requests will be routed to the Solid Waste Management Services for investigation.  Garbage Bag Tags will be mailed to the property owner’s mailing address and it is the responsibility of the owner to forward the tags to tenants, if applicable.

Items of Interest

Posted on January 7, 2011

Nominations now open for the Green Toronto Awards

The City of Toronto, in partnership with Green Living Enterprises, invites you to nominate the individuals, companies and organizations leading the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto. Winners will receive a prestigious Green Toronto Award and $5,000 to further their work on the environment or donate to an environmental charity of their choice. Categories range from Green Home and Business, to Local Food, Youth and Community Leadership, plus more! Nominations close February 7th, 2011. Get the details at: www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards

Live Green Toronto grants help you go green

The City of Toronto invites our residents, community and charitable and environmental not-for-profit groups to apply for funds to take on projects that green our neighbourhoods, reduce emissions, clean our air and help us adapt to climate change. Grants of up to $25,000 are available fr community-based projects. Grants are also available for capital projects. See attached flyer for more details and visit: www.livegreentoronto.ca

Items of Interest

Posted on January 7, 2011

Nominations now open for the Green Toronto Awards

The City of Toronto, in partnership with Green Living Enterprises, invites you to nominate the individuals, companies and organizations leading the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto. Winners will receive a prestigious Green Toronto Award and $5,000 to further their work on the environment or donate to an environmental charity of their choice. Categories range from Green Home and Business, to Local Food, Youth and Community Leadership, plus more! Nominations close February 7th, 2011. Get the details at: www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards

Live Green Toronto grants help you go green

The City of Toronto invites our residents, community and charitable and environmental not-for-profit groups to apply for funds to take on projects that green our neighbourhoods, reduce emissions, clean our air and help us adapt to climate change. Grants of up to $25,000 are available fr community-based projects. Grants are also available for capital projects. See attached flyer for more details and visit: www.livegreentoronto.ca

Items of Interest

Posted on January 7, 2011

Nominations now open for the Green Toronto Awards

The City of Toronto, in partnership with Green Living Enterprises, invites you to nominate the individuals, companies and organizations leading the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto. Winners will receive a prestigious Green Toronto Award and $5,000 to further their work on the environment or donate to an environmental charity of their choice. Categories range from Green Home and Business, to Local Food, Youth and Community Leadership, plus more! Nominations close February 7th, 2011. Get the details at: www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards

Live Green Toronto grants help you go green

The City of Toronto invites our residents, community and charitable and environmental not-for-profit groups to apply for funds to take on projects that green our neighbourhoods, reduce emissions, clean our air and help us adapt to climate change. Grants of up to $25,000 are available fr community-based projects. Grants are also available for capital projects. See attached flyer for more details and visit: www.livegreentoronto.ca

Item of interest

Posted on January 7, 2011

Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) is getting ready to renew itself with a call for new steering committee members. If you are interested in participating in TCAT’s research and education focused work on cycling and walking, please visit:

http://torontocat.ca/main/volunteers_steeringcommittee

Potential steering committee members should submit an expression of interest by email to info@torontocat.ca no later than Monday, January 17, 2011. Please include:

  • A brief description of why you wish to join the steering committee and the skills you can offer
  • Your CV

For more information, please click here for the full description and background.

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