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#1 Beckie Mac

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 01:01 PM

Toronto Public Library and possible budget cuts:

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Jan. 10, 2012, Toronto budget committee votes to chop library, but save two pools in Ford allies’ wards: http://www.thestar.c...rd-allies-wards (For full text you can click on the link or read below in comments)

July 28, 2011, Toronto City Council hosted a consultation on proposed budget cuts to an array of municipal public services including the Toronto Public Library. The issue has galvanized Torontonians in an overwhelming support of their library and provoked province-wide discussions about what libraries mean to people. The media has been reporting the story - here are links:


Sept. 5, 2011 ~ EXCLUSIVE: ‘We're not cutting libraries,’ Mayor Rob Ford says http://www.citytv.co...r-rob-ford-says

Aug. 31, 2011 ~ Modern citizens know a library’s worth http://www.theglobea...article2147704/

Aug. 29, 2011 ~ Who cares about libraries? http://www2.macleans...bout-libraries/

Aug. 28, 2011 ~ Dear Margaret: We care about libraries http://www.thestar.c...about-libraries

Aug. 22, 2011 ~ Von Hahn: Turning the page on sleek architecture http://www.thestar.c...ek-architecture

Aug. 19, 2011 ~ Editorial – Rob Ford’s Response to Toronto Public Library Petition http://newz4u.net/?p=18103

Aug. 17, 2011 ~ Libraries can be easy targets http://www.centrewel.../article/100135

Aug. 16, 2011 ~ Private funds for public libraries http://www.thestar.c...ublic-libraries

Aug. 10, 2011 ~ Toronto’s libraries keep us connected in a wireless world http://www.theglobea...article2125890/

Aug. 10, 2011 ~ Library meeting held behind closed doors http://www.insidetor...nd-closed-doors

Aug. 10, 2011 ~ Libraries under fire http://www.wingham.c...l/article/99985

Aug. 10, 2011 ~ King West story awash with books http://www.nationalp...1201/story.html

Aug. 9, 2011 ~ Toronto Public Library Workers Union leads charge to save libraries and public services http://cupe.ca/libra.../a4e4193d977955

Aug. 9, 2011 ~ Ford accused of stacking public appointments http://www.thestar.c...ic-appointments

Aug. 9, 2011 ~ Toronto city hall snubs Malvern library ground-breaking http://www.theglobea...article2124677/

Aug. 7, 2011 ~ Bettering the books at Toronto's libraries:
A few ideas to improve our system that go far beyond the simplistic cutting of library branches http://www.torontosu...ontos-libraries

Aug. 5, 2011 ~ Lawrence Solomon: Atwood’s library http://opinion.finan...public-library/

Aug. 5, 2011 ~ Grim reading in library dispute

Aug. 5, 2011 ~ The great library debate: Are public libraries redundant in the digital age? http://www.cbc.ca/bo...ary-debate.html

Aug. 5, 2011 ~ Going Rogue: Two More Members Of The Mayor’s Council Faction Speak Out Against Budget Cuts, But Ford Nation Isn’t Falling Apart Just Yet

Aug. 4, 2011 ~ Closing libraries doesn’t sit well with Toronto councillors http://www.theglobea...article2120328/

Aug. 4, 2011 ~ Are public libraries an essential service?Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says ‘no’—but he’s wrong http://www2.macleans...ential-service/

Aug. 3, 2011 ~ Ford ally tells Atwood not to worry http://www.thestar.c...od-not-to-worry

Aug, 3, 2011 ~ Another Ford loyalist speaks out against library cuts http://www.thestar.c...st-library-cuts

Aug. 3, 2011 ~ We want our public libraries, poll finds

Aug. 1, 2011 ~ Fords and Atwood: More views http://www.thestar.c...wood-more-views

Aug. 1, 2011 ~ A front-row seat to the magic of books http://www.thestar.c...-magic-of-books

Jul. 31, 2011 ~ Doug Ford comments spark ‘Atwood for Mayor' movement http://www.thestar.c...-mayor-movement

Jul. 30, 2011 ~ Atwood and the Fords http://www.thestar.c...d-and-the-fords

Jul. 30 2011 ~ Ford unswayed by 22 hours of talk, teen’s tears http://www.thestar.c...lk-teen-s-tears

Jul. 29 2011 ~ Sarcasm the big winner in marathon budget session http://www.thestar.c...-budget-session

Jul. 29, 2011 ~ World is watching the Fords http://www.thestar.c...ching-the-fords

Jul. 29 2011 ~ Mallick: What Atwood can teach Ford about Toronto http://www.thestar.c...d-about-toronto

Jul. 29, 2011 ~ A Spotter's Guide to Endangered Library Branches http://torontoist.co...ry_branches.php

Jul. 28, 2011 ~ Gravy or meat? Executive committee must decide http://www.thestar.c...tee-must-decide

Jul. 28, 2011 ~ KPMG’s ‘opportunities’ for saving http://www.thestar.c...ties-for-saving

Jul. 28, 2011 ~ DiManno: Nothing is sacred — even libraries — as city must bite the bullet http://www.thestar.c...bite-the-bullet

Jul. 28 2011 ~ Hume: In Rob Ford’s Toronto, less will be more http://www.thestar.c...ss-will-be-more

Jul. 27 2011 ~ Ford ally, Stintz, won't support library closures http://www.thestar.c...ibrary-closures

Jul. 27 2011 ~ Constituents to Ford: Lose our library and lose our votes http://www.thestar.c...-lose-our-votes

Jul. 27, 2011 ~ Councillor questions Atwood's motives http://www.torontosu...atwoods-motives

Jul. 27 2011 ~ Atwood reads mood http://www.thestar.c...wood-reads-mood

Jul. 27, 2011 ~ Stintz won't support library cuts http://www.torontosu...rt-library-cuts

Jul. 26, 2011 ~ Public library board shelves branch closures http://www.torontosu...branch-closures

Jul. 26, 2011 ~ Councillor Ford: Who is Margaret Atwood? http://www.torontosu...margaret-atwood

Jul. 22, 2011 ~ Margaret Atwood fights library cuts, crashes petition server http://www.thestar.c...petition-server

Jul. 21, 2011 ~ Would privatizing Toronto’s libraries really save money?

Jul. 21, 2011 ~ Time to close book on city’s libraries http://www.torontosu...citys-libraries


Sept. 5, 2011 ~ EXCLUSIVE: ‘We're not cutting libraries,’ Mayor Rob Ford says http://www.citytv.co...r-rob-ford-says

Aug. 5, 2011 ~ Toronto Public Library Workers Union leader on stopping library closures and privatization

Aug. 2, 2011 ~ The Future of Libraries on “The Current” on CBC Radio1: http://www.cbc.ca/th...er-the-library/ (Audio)

Jul. 27, 2011 ~ Closing libraries not simple story http://www.torontosu...ot-simple-story

Jul. 26, 2011 ~ Save Toronto Public Libraries:




Aug. 12, 2011 ~ What Should a Library Be? http://www.metaviews...-public-library

Aug. 10, 2011 ~ Kuitenbrouwer: While city mulls closing libraries, two branches scheduled to open http://news.national...-a-best-seller/

Aug. 3, 2011 ~ Ford Nation And The Epic Saga Of Cuts To Toronto Public Library Service: A Flowchart by Michelle Lovegrove Thomson

Jul. 29, 2011 ~ Torontonians at City Hall: Liveblogging the Executive Committee Budget Cut Meeting by Hamutal Dotan http://torontoist.co..._cut_meetin.php

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:36 AM

Jan. 10, 2012, Toronto budget committee votes to chop library, but save two pools in Ford allies’ wards: http://www.thestar.c...rd-allies-wards (For full text you can click on the link or read below in comments)

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January 09, 2012

Daniel Dale, Paul Moloney and David Rider

Toronto’s budget committee has voted to cut an extra $7 million from the budget of the library system, a decision that will mean reducing some combination of branch hours, reading programs and book purchases if it’s approved by council next week.

Defying Mayor Rob Ford’s demand for a 10 per cent cut, the library board voted in the fall to approve a cut of only 5.9 per cent, or $10 million. But council has the final say, and the conservative-dominated budget committee voted Monday to force the board to meet Ford’s target.

The committee also voted to save two of seven threatened school pools. Both are located in communities represented by Ford allies — a fact the conservatives said was coincidental and left-leaning Ford critics said was not.

The committee’s library proposal would leave it to the board to decide where to find the extra $7 million. Chief librarian Jane Pyper says the only realistic options are cutting branch hours and the collections budget, or eliminating services such as literacy programs and the Bookmobile.

Left-leaning councillors said the beloved library system should not be forced to meet Ford’s target when more than 10 other city entities were permitted to make smaller cuts and the police actually got a budget increase. But the board’s chair, Ford ally Councillor Paul Ainslie, said library hours are not a top priority for most residents.

“I’ve heard comments made that, you know, not every department’s made the 10 per cent target. But I’ll tell you, even as chair of the Toronto Public Library board, if I had to look at a choice between police officers and libraries having longer hours, I think most people would say to you they would rather have more police on the street,” Ainslie told reporters.

According to Pyper, $5.4 million could be saved by cutting 19,444 hours at 59 branches — 7 per cent of all hours in the system. Council and the board, however, are far more likely to cut programs than hours.

As expected, the seven-member committee voted to spend $400,000 to save 58 student nutrition programs and $2.1 million to avoid eliminating, as proposed, recreation programming at 12 community centres located in schools.

The committee also voted to save programs at pools in the wards of two of Ford’s executive committee members, Ainslie (Ward 43, Scarborough East) and Jaye Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West).

The budget chief, Councillor Mike Del Grande, proposed sparing any pool located more than 3 kilometres from another city pool. The only two that fill the bill are in Bedford Park Community Centre and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute.

“He could have worded it: ‘Save only those swimming pools where you’re represented by a member of the executive committee,’” said left-leaning Councillor Gord Perks. “It pays to be on the executive.”

Still on the chopping block are the pools at Frankland Community Centre, Gordon A. Brown Middle School, Hillcrest Community Centre, Runnymede Collegiate and S H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre.

The committee voted to reject a proposal to discontinue Wheel-Trans service for about 800 dialysis patients. Its recommendations go to Ford’s executive committee on Thursday, then to council next Tuesday for a three-day meeting.

Meanwhile, Occupy Toronto members are planning to protest around the clock in Nathan Phillips Square during the council session. “There are definitely plans to camp out,” said Occupy’s Mischa Saunders.

The budget committee approved both the $9.4 billion operating budget and the $2.8 billion capital budget. This year’s capital budget mostly goes to keeping the city’s assets in good repair rather than expanding facilities.

For example, the TTC wasn’t awarded the money to buy 54 buses that will be needed in 2013 if it is to carry out a plan to prevent half of the rush-hour service cuts that had been threatened. The committee endorsed the $45 million plan in principle but said the city can’t afford it at this time.

Using a phrase they have repeated zealously over the last two weeks, left-leaning councillors repeatedly argued that the budget demonstrates Ford’s “radical conservative agenda.”

Right-leaning councillors retorted that the budget actually represents an effort to return the city to solid fiscal footing in the wake of the wasteful spending of the David Miller era.