Scarborough residents are invited to take part in an exciting conversation on ways to engage after election time. Take this opportunity to get your civic action toolkit and connect with a wide range of civic groups & activities in Scarborough!
Speakers and panelists include: Paul Bocking | Dave Meslin | Scarborough Civic Action Network | Midland Park Community Association | West Scarborough Community Action | Heathwood Ratepayers Association | Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change | Civic Awareness Project | Toronto Envisioning Neighbourhoods Together (TENT) initiative – East Scarborough Storefront & Centre for City Ecology | Brian Ashton, former Toronto City Councillor | David Soknacki, former Toronto City Councillor | Respect Scarborough | Scarborough Anti-Poverty Coaltion | Scarborough Transit Action | Committment 2 Community | And more!
This event is organized by Scarborough Civic Action Network.
Scarborough Council Budget Meeting – January 10, 2012
So many residents were concerned about the effect of the cuts on their community that there was only standing room at Council Chambers. Residents from across Scarborough poured in to speak, make written submissions, or watch the proceedings. The room was packed with concerned residents until late into the evening – 11:30 p.m.
As a result of people speaking about how cuts would make poverty and inequality worse in Scarborough, City Council voted 23 to 21 (7 days later on January 17) in favour of reversing the cuts that would harm Scarborough. The two Scarborough councillors that supported the reversal motion were Raymond Cho and Lee Chin. In fact, Councillor Cho proposed the motion to stop further cut backs on the libraries. To read more about the Council vote, click here: http://torontoist.com/2012/01/budget-2012-the-votes/
One of Respect Scarborough’s first and most successful events was the public forum on the city budget back in 2011. On Saturday, December 3, over 200 people met to discuss their concerns about how pending budget cuts would affect their community centres, TTC routes, recreational programs, child care services, and affordable housing. It was at the meeting that residents identified issues that were important to them and the health of their community.