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Goar: Two Toronto councillors show how to keep local democracy alive

December 12, 2012, the Star.

It was the second Saturday in December, prime time for Christmas shopping. The Eaton Centre was jammed, the sidewalks crowded, the coffee shops packed. Grim, determined buyers jostled for advantage.

A kilometre and a half away at the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre, the scene was quite different. Fifty residents of downtown Toronto were working their way through the city’s 2013 budget: asking questions, raising concerns, preparing to fight for the services they valued.

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