Date: Monday, November 28th
Location: Toronto City Hall
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/196752687070920/
On Monday, November 28th, the 2012 city budget will be released. At this meeting, the Budget Committee will reveal its plans to gut city services and attack public sector workers. Join Stop the Cuts at 9am, at City Hall to confront Ford and his buddies on the Budget Committee. Together we will show them that we are here to fight back every step of the way!
The 2012 Toronto Budget
The budget launch on November 28th kicks off the official budget process. Over the next few months, the city will be making critical decisions that could devastate the lives of Torontonians, especially those living in poverty and without status. The 10% cuts to agencies and departments will gut already inadequate services. Only the Toronto Police will be spared from the cuts – they are getting a budget increase again this year.
The cuts are coming quickly. On November 29th, City Council will vote to sell off 706 social housing buildings in the city at a time when there are 79 000 people on the waiting list for social housing. They will also vote to contract out city cleaning services – a move that will turn good jobs into unsafe, minimum wage labour.
Other major cuts will be wrapped into the 2012 budget, which will be voted on by City Council on January 17th, 18th and 19th.
Winter of Resistance
Stop the Cuts, alongside countless organizations and individuals across this city, is mobilizing for a critical showdown on January 17-19th when City Council will vote on the budget. We will also be working in solidarity with city workers who are facing a lockout by the city in January.
In September, when public outrage forced Ford to delay his cuts, we showed that we have the power to fight Ford. We will continue to fight until we Stop the Cuts!
Get Involved in a Stop the Cuts Committee + Other ways to get involved!
Join a neighborhood committee, join an action, get in touch! In the face of a massive attack on public services, we need to fight back like never before. No matter what City Council votes, we need to build our power to keep our services open and accessible through all the means at our disposal. Join neighborhood committees (http://www.torontostopthecuts.com/?page_id=114) or start your own, so that in the years to come if any branch of government comes after homes, our neighbors or our services, we can gather together to stop them!
Whether or not you join a neighbourhood committee, the Stop the Cuts Network always welcomes assistance with research, fundraising, media/ outreach, and planning. If you have skills and time, and if you agree with our demands, please contact one of the other Stop the Cuts committees, or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get involved with the overall STC Network on an ongoing basis.
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