Monday, May 30, 2011

Don't Just Vote, Speak Your Mind

In case you hadn't heard, the City of Toronto is cash-strapped, and the new mayor seems to believe that privatizing municipal services is the answer. Do you have a different opinion? Share it!

A major Service Review is underway to determine residents' feelings about how city services are delivered, who should pay for them, and where inefficiencies need to be dealt with. The online survey asks residents to rank which services are necessary and should be provided by the City, though I'd argue there is some bias in the wording and design of the survey that might cause many items to end up in the "I don't care" category. This is scary because the review is being used to dramatically reduce the services the City offers, including environmental services.

I strongly urge you to complete the survey. It's your right and duty to tell the City which critical services and programs must be retained and how they should be paid for. Please pass this on to anyone you know who cares about these issues or complains that they have no voice in municipal politics!

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  1. It is a little on the longish side, especially if you choose to do the in-depth portion of each service they ask about (which is optional, thankfully). Took me about 35 minutes, so that's not so bad to try and keep a few of the more critical services.

    I suspect, however, that the majority of the responses will fall firmly in the "I don't care as long as its cheaper" category... mores the pity.

  2. Not only that, but when you get tired of dragging and dropping services from the list into the appropriate box, you quit halfway down the page. And leaving a service in the list is interpreted as not having an opinion... which means you'll let the City decide... which means the City will privatize everything. Sigh.