Councillor Josh Matlow

Newstalk 1010: Community Development and Rec Committee defies Core Service Review

The City’s Community Development and Recreation Committee wrapped up its Wednesday meeting with a strong show of opposition toward the KPMG Core Service Review and the saving options recommended by the City Manager.
After hearing dozens of speeches from the public, a majority against those options, Committee members passed a motion to advise the Executive Committee to scrap all of the City Manager’s savings recommendations that pertain to the CDR Committee’s specific mandate.  Those would include recommendations like dropping funding for 9 of 10 City-run long-term care facilities, cutting the amount of subsidized daycares, and merging Toronto Fire and EMS.  The final tally on that vote was 4-2.

It will likely end up being more of a symbolic victory though.  Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti is the CDR Committee and is also a member of the Executive Committee.  “I’ll be recommending the Executive to not even consider it,” he told the crowd in Committee Room 1.

Mammoliti insists the bulk of Toronto’s population wants the recommended cuts to go through, claiming that only  a “core” group of about 400 people have expressed opposition to the plan.  He echoed a claim he made earlier this summer that “most of the people (who approve of the plan) are working during the day, don’t have time to leave their job and come down here and depute.
A motion by Councillor Josh Matlow to recommend the Executive Committee send the Core Service Review reports back to KPMG for revision also passed at the meeting.  Though that decision is also likely to be ignored.
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