Ford set to kill citizen committees, because he’s all about respect for taxpayers
The City of Toronto has a lot of committees, so it may be tempting to cheer when a small-government mayor like Rob Ford announces he’s going to do get rid of a slew of them. The problem is that he’s not shutting down some committee that spends a massive amount of money—he’s shutting down the free ones. According to the Toronto Star, city workers are recommending that council disband committees that have no budget and are full of volunteers. Suspiciously enough, the committees that staffers say we should axe are the ones that don’t jive with Ford’s agenda—the ones that are meant to give a formal voice to pedestrians, cyclists, Aboriginals and people working to help drug addicts. In other words, the polar opposites of the denizens of Ford Nation.
From the Star:
Councillor Adam Vaughan said the Ford administration just isn’t interested in consulting some sectors of the community.
“They only want to talk to some people. They only want some of the information, not all of it,” Vaughan said. “What they’re trying to do here is cut off access to city hall for a significant number of people, and it’s unacceptable.”
A staff review requested by Mayor Rob Ford led to recommendations to terminate 10 committees outright, citing them as redundant, dormant or having completed their mandates.
A further 11 committees would be disbanded without reason, but bureaucrats would consider whether to use other civic engagement methods such as town halls or social media.
The full report is here, and to give a clearer idea of why people are worried, it’s not just that Toronto would no longer have a cycling or pedestrian committee—it’s that public consultation on this kind of stuff would probably end up going to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee—currently chaired by Denzil Minnan-Wong, who (despite his conversion in recent months) has historically been more of a friend to cars than to cyclists.
According to city staff, some of these committees are now dormant and didn’t get filled during the last council term. Still, it was the pedestrian committee that recommended doing away with Toronto’s bizarre prohibition on street hockey. We sort of figured that was something the Don Cherry-endorsed mayor would love, but apparently, unless it moves on four wheels, it’s not on the radar.
• City’s citizen committees set to be scrapped [Toronto Star]
5 thoughts on “Ford set to kill citizen committees, because he’s all about respect for taxpayers”
well all the dummies in this town were to blindsided by the sideshow to realize this guys a fascist
cant wait till he is gone
i have not met one respectable citizen who likes this guy and all i hear his approval rating is so higjh blah blah i just dont understand?
funny enough all my friends and family in the burbs love this guy?
amalgamation was a wrong move a step back oh yeah mike harris how soon people forget brian mulroney wiped out the progresive conservatives i guess history always repeats!
What’s sad is that in uncertain times people like this sort of strong top-down managerial approach, and are about to prove it by giving Harper a landslide victory (Ignatieff may even lose his seat). Ford has essentially instituted a majority Tory government municipally. What is needed is a very well organized and disciplined progressive Labour coalition, with strong discipline to prevent the sort of shenanigans and mistakes which discredited the previous Council, with unshakable loyalty to the labour movement, with progressive, enlightened principles, and with deep roots in Toronto’s diverse communities. This may harken back to “democratic centralism”, but I think people want clear, principled and firm leadership, not a cacophony of voices promoting niche interests, a tendency which went a long way to defeating the Miller-era progressive majority on Council. People want good jobs and reliable transportation for all, not bike lanes on Jarvis and University for a tiny minority. The interests supposedly served by the axed committees should instead come through a genuine political movement such as the one I envision. The energies directed toward City Hall would be better served by funneling through a progressive political organization, and people would become more motivated to vote.
the suckers that have been whipped into a robotic frenzy
of discontent by rob “mug shotz” ford, better start
giving second thought over what you see oozing from
the fords and harpers of canada.
it can happen THAT fast. Its up to you to grasp history
ford’s true motivations might very well be nothing that benefits you or your forefathers legacy
Great Job Mayor Ford, get rid of all these special interest groups that make demands, which only benefit of the few. :)
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