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Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to host Toronto's First Gender Equity - Budget Town Hall

 

Media Advisory

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is partnering with the Toronto Women's City Alliance, Women's Habitat of Etobicoke, Social Planning Toronto, The 519, and the Women Abuse Council of Toronto to present Toronto's first public forum on Gender-Responsive Budgeting. The event will include panel speakers and a presentation on the 2017 Budget and the City's Long-Term Fiscal Plan review.

 

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The 2017 Toronto Budget is failing women and families

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              

January 10, 2017

The 2017 Toronto Budget is failing women and families

This morning, a diverse group of women gathered outside of the City of Toronto Budget Committee meeting to demand gender equity in the City of Toronto Budget. Women shared their personal experiences of how the City of Toronto is failing them and their families.

In July, 2016 City staff were directed by City Council to incorporate a gender equity perspective into the 2017 Budget. The objective is to ensuring equitable access to services and economic opportunities and to create a more open and transparent budget process. The proposed budget includes disproportionate increases to user fees for public sector services used primarily by women and families; and service cuts that will hurt low-income women across the City. 

Long-time child care advocate Jane Mercer remarks, "The City of Toronto already has the highest child care fees in the Country.  Proposed fee increases & cuts to subsidies will create devastating hardship for families and force women to leave work. This runs contrary to the Poverty Reduction Strategy, a policy that Mayor Tory claims in a priority issue for him. At the Toronto Coalition for Better Childcare, we say prove it."

Terri-Lynn Langdon, a member of the City of Toronto's Disability, Access & Inclusion Advisory Committee said, "59% of women living with disAbilities are living in poverty. I am a disabled Woman. These poverty rates are directly tied to the lack of affordable and accessible housing in Toronto. Women's shelters, are at 100% capacity forcing women to stay in violent and unsafe situations because the City has not invested in affordable housing. This is a particular challenge for women with disabilities, as many shelters remain inaccessible and without needed attendant care services.

Akio Maroon, mother and activist said, "Toronto currently has the lowest property taxes in the GTA and it's being subsidized on the backs of women living in poverty and working families through harsh services cuts and unaffordable user fees. Residents expect City Council to honour their commitments to poverty reduction. This is irresponsible and unacceptable."

City Council will vote on the Budget at its February 2017 meeting.  

 

For more information, please visit http://www.twca.ca/to-budget/ or contact:  

Doly Begum, doly.begum@toronto.ca; cell: 416-937-8072

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Women Call for a Stop to Cuts in the 2017 Toronto Budget

 

Media Advisory               

January 9, 2017

Women Call for a Stop to Cuts in the 2017 Toronto Budget 

Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam, Janet Davis, Joe Cressy, Sarah Doucette, and Maria Augimeri will be joined by a diverse group of women from across Toronto demanding action to stop the 2017 budget cuts.  Mothers, recreation workers, and women living in poverty will speak about their direct experience on how the City of Toronto budget is failing women and their families.

 

DATE:            TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017

TIME:             9:00am

LOCATION: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

2nd Floor – Outside of Committee Room 1

 

In July, City Council directed city staff to incorporate a gender equity lens into the 2017 budget process, however the proposed budget includes significant service cuts and high increases to user fees for services that women and their families rely on.

A diverse group of women have been organizing to stop the cuts to services and to demand gender equity in the budget process. 

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Public Appointment Opportunities

 

Do you want to make a difference in your city? 

 

Toronto residents are needed to serve on a range of City boards and committees. Board members provide oversight of their agency or corporation, bring a community perspective to board discussions, and help to reflect the needs and interests of Torontonians.

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Church and Wellesley Community Consultations

See message below from ONE Properties.

 

ONE Properties has acquired the site located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Church Street and Wellesley Street East for the purpose of creating a new mixed-use development.


PROCESS

We believe that the planning and development of the site comes with a special community responsibility. We believe that it is important to create a vision for a new development that physically fits within and addresses the community’s sense of self along Church Street and Wellesley Street. We seek your help. ONE Properties is holding a series of Pre-submission Community Consultation visioning meetings prior to submission of a formal rezoning application. Three Pre-submission Community Consultation meetings are planned to gather ideas from the local residents, businesses and community associations.
You are encouraged to attend the Community Consultations where you can provide your ideas and feedback.

Any and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will
be served.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS MEETING SCHEDULE

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION 1
Existing Conditions Analysis and Ideas
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Place: Currie Hall - Accessible
105 Maitland Street, Toronto

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION 2
Urban Design Principles, Ideas and Concepts
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Place: Currie Hall - Accessible
105 Maitland Street, Toronto


COMMUNITY CONSULTATION 3
Concepts and Feedback
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Place: Currie Hall - Accessible
105 Maitland Street, Toronto

 

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