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Taxpayers Coalition Concerned About Tory’s Inaugural Budget

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The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is concerned about the lack of cost savings initiatives in Mayor Tory’s 2015 budget.

“Though we appreciate and understand the need for an injection of money into services and infrastructure, we are concerned about the clear lack of focus on exploring more efficient ways to save money,” says President Matthew McGuire.

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Andre Marin to highlight Coalition panel on municipal accountability and transparency

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The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is pleased to be hosting an outstanding panel to discuss Bill 8 and its impact on municipal government accountability and transparency. Featuring Ombudsman Andre Marin, and moderated by Newstalk 1010′s Jerry Agar, the forum is sure to take an in-depth look at the current need and potential future impact of the Bill, and what it means for our city governments.

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Behind Closed Doors

behind-closed-doors We’re pleased to welcome special guest Ombudsman Andre Marin, Ontario’s independent political watchdog, to discuss the need for greater transparency and accountability in municipal governments.  Newstalk1010 host Jerry Agar will host the panel discussion, which also includes

  • Toronto Sun columnist and Sun News Network host Adrienne Batra;
  • Former Newmarket councillor Maddie Di Muccio; and
  • Former Chief of Staff for the Government of Alberta Lis Sondergaard.

This FREE event will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday February 4th 2015 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel (600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill).  Seating is limited!  If you plan on attending,please fill out the form below to reserve your seat.  You can download an event flyer to email within your network.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Tory urged to clamp down on office budgets

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Mayor-elect John Tory is being urged to clamp down on councillors’ expenses.

In the wake of a Toronto Sun story on councillors’ office budgets, the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition urged Tory to change the rules governing expenses at his first council meeting in December.

Tory’s spokesman said Tuesday that the incoming administration will “take a look” at the suggestion.

Under the current rules approved by councillors in 2012, councillors each have a $30,000 office budget. But they can turn to a separate general council budget to fund rent for a constituency office, cellphone expenses and the cost of delivering one newsletter.

“Council’s expense policy lacks common sense,” coalition president Matthew McGuire stated in a press release. “Councillor expenses are just that: councillor expenses. They should come out of council expense budgets, not a bottomless general expense budget.”

McGuire also argued third quarter councillor expenses should be released early in an election year — these expenses weren’t public until days after the Oct. 27 election.

“It’s imperative for voters to be fully-informed while casting ballots,” McGuire said.

Tory spokesman Amanda Galbraith said “keeping taxes low and ensuring Toronto tax dollars are responsibly spent are critical parts of John’s platform.

“As Mayor, John will work aggressively to ensure that all budgets are carefully and responsibly managed,” Galbraith said. “In particular, John will bring increased accountability and leadership so we no longer see the disgraceful cost overruns like at Union Station and Nathan Phillips Square.

“With respect to this specific suggestion, we will take a look.”

Councillor Doug Ford warned Tory on Monday not to increase councillors’ office budgets.

Getting council to slash their own budgets was one of the Ford administration’s key early accomplishments and Ford predicted some councillors would want to push to fatten up those budgets again with Tory in office.

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/11/04/tory-urged-to-clamp-down-on-office-budgets

Incumbency a curse at City Hall

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Raymond Cho. Anthony Perruzza. Mark Grimes. Giorgio Mammoliti. Maria Augimeri. Gord Perks. Ana Bailao. Joe Mihevc, John Filion, Pam McConnell. Janet Davis. Shelley Carroll. Glenn De Baeremaeker. Chin Lee. Norm Kelly. Ron Moeser.

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Doug Ford deliberately avoiding brother Rob

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Mayor Ford and Doug Ford in recent weeks have tried to reduce the number of criticisms leveled at Doug Ford in his bid for Toronto mayor. Additionally, an organization has launched a campaign called STOP CHOW NOW which has resulted in a number of lawn signs popping up.

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School trustees not compelled to post details of expenses

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Calls for elected officials to be open and transparent to avoid scandal like the one brewing at the Toronto District School Board over an expense audit

Education Minister Liz Sandals will not force trustees to publicly post their expenses despite several spending-related and alleged document-tampering scandals at the Toronto public board, and even though other levels of government routinely disclose such information.

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