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Doug Ford’s reversal on city cuts is just a brief ceasefire before the war resumes

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

In public policy terms, it means needed services are preserved for now. In political terms it means everyone involved lives to fight another day. But make no mistake: they will fight another day. Less than a year from now. And that battle early next year could be even messier and harder than this one that just finished.

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Ontario health minister’s ‘modernization’ plan: cut now, figure out the details later

Friday, May 24th, 2019

They’ll scold the city for being a free-spending bastion of lefties. They’ll complain about the deficit their predecessors ran up. But they will not commit to continuing to fully fund the programs they claim to want to continue and improve… At some point taxes will have to be raised, or programs will have to be cut. Despite what Elliott says, it appears those are the choices. Not good ones. But soon necessary.

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Doug Ford’s government is a axe-wielding agent of chaos

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

If you were serious about preserving or enhancing services while also making administration more effective and cost-efficient, what you might do is sit down with the people doing the work and figure out a plan with them to do things more effectively. And if you succeeded, you’d see better services materialize and costs lowered, and you could announce the proven savings in your next budget… This doesn’t appear to be a government making tough but worthwhile changes. It appears to be a government gleefully wielding a wrecking ball…

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Property taxes are the obvious solution to Toronto’s revenue crisis

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

John Tory… is kicking the can down the road by deferring maintenance and raiding reserves. The favourite answer of local politicians is Ottawa and Queen’s Park. But those governments can — and do — point to the fact that we refuse to collect taxes at a rate anywhere near that of our neighbours. Why would they fund us if we won’t fund ourselves?

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