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February 21, 2016 – Ward 39 Update – Labour News 2016 City Budget and National Flag Day Celebration

Dear Constituents,

In the last week, there have been significant developments in the City of Toronto.

Labour negotiations between the City and unions representing its outside and inside workers intensified.

Councillors passed the 2016 City of Toronto Budget. I voted against the overall budget increase; introduced a Motion to have funds dedicated for the Scarborough Subway and transit improvements north of the 401; and, introduced a Motion to increase funding for the City’s Student Nutrition Program.

In Ward 39, members of the community participated in a unique celebration of National Flag Day.
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Labour News from the City of Toronto
The City of Toronto has reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Civic Employees’ Union Local 416 (CUPE), which represents the City’s 4,200 outside workers.

Details of the agreement will be released once it is ratified by the membership of Local 416 and subsequently approved by City Council.
City of Toronto services and programs continue as usual.
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Councillor  does not support overall budget increase in City of Toronto 2016 Budget
I could not support the overall City of Toronto’s 2016 Budget because it did not fully address the needs of Torontonians and residents of his community.

Toronto City Council approved a $10.1 billion operating budget for 2016 and 10-year capital budget and plan of $21 billion. The total municipal tax increase is 2.69% or $72.26 per residence. What that means for residents of Ward 39 and other Torontonians causes me concern.
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Dedicated Funds for Sheppard Subway.
The 2016 City of Toronto Budget is comprised of Capital and Operating Budgets and
Property Tax Rates and Related Matters.

During discussions on Property Tax Rates and Related Matters, I, again, fought for the Sheppard Subway and transit issues, for residents who live north of Hwy 401.
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Toronto City Councillors support Karygiannis’ bid to increase budget for Student Nutrition Program
I am pleased that Toronto City Council supported my request to increase funding for Toronto Public Health’s Student Nutrition Program.

Council’s decision to increase funding by $109,000.00 for the Student Nutrition Program will help address the impact of increases in food costs. The Program is experiencing rising food costs and an increase demand, which it is struggling to meet, in the higher-needs communities in Toronto.students who eat healthy meals are better able to focus on their studies.
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Celebrating National Flag Day in Ward 39

On Friday, February 19th, we celebrated National Flag Day in our community.

The 51st Anniversary of National Flag Day actually occurred on February 15th – however, as that was Ontario Family Day, it was decided to hold the celebration a few days later.
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Community updates
Syrian Refugees – if you wish to assist by renting part of your home, donating furniture please call the Armenian Community Center at (647) 860-4345

Canvassers There may be many people knocking on your door wishing to sell you services and/or check your appliances. Be aware and do not open your door. Read more to know your rights. Click here

Here comes the snow.
To get regular updates on snow plowing and other advisories please click here.

Travel Alert  Zika Virus click here and get updated info

Overnight parking changes
If you reside in the Silver Springs Boulevard Area, there will be no overnight parking between the hours of 2:00 am to 6:00 am.
Click here to see map – (McNicoll on the north, Kennedy on the east, Finch on the south, Birchmount on the west)

If you require additional information and or assistance with municipal related items, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 416 392 1374.