Emily sez, "Toronto's new Mayor Rob Ford is 'outsourcing everything that isn't nailed down.' Taking advice from KPMG, a private consulting firm, all social services are at threat including: public libraries, the Riverdale Farm zoo, the High Park zoo, and so much more that makes Toronto a great city. Bike lanes have already been scheduled for costly removal, for his goal of making downtown more accessible to cars, and it looks like this is just the beginning. He wants to privatize everything and turn us into MacDonald's-town."
How could a private company make a profit running a free service that is funded by taxpayers?
The Toronto Public Library and its local branches are under threat.
The mandate of the private operator would be to reduce the level of public funding that now supports our libraries. At the same time, they need to make a profit. There is an inevitable conflict here which signals bad news for all library users, from children to seniors. First, local branches of the Toronto Public Library would almost certainly be closed. Library users would see higher user fees, fewer books and less access to the information and other vital services our public libraries offer for little or no cost as hours of operation are limited. The cuts to library staff that have been going on for years will be accelerated.
It's also bad news for our city. We would lose a powerful educational and cultural force that opens books and opens minds, taking from Toronto a public service that all other great cities jealously guard.
Rob Ford, the former Toronto mayor famous for political scandals and drug abuse, is dead at 46. He was suffering from pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer. In 2013, the Star revealed that Ford had attended a military ball intoxicated and then that a cellphone video apparently showed him smoking crack. That bombshell triggered […]
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is out of rehab and back in the news, homophobing it up for the cameras and trying to get re-elected.
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