February 15: Have a Heart Rally Against Budget Cuts!

Dear Friends,


On Wednesday, February 15, Toronto City Council will debate and final vote on the city’s 2017 budget.


Please join Commitment 2 Community, TTC Riders and others for the Have a Heart Rally on Wednesday, February 15 at 9 am at Toronto City Hall to demand a fair budget that makes life better for people in our city!

Toronto is the most unequal city in Canada.  One in four children lives in poverty. 


Over the last six years, people who can least afford it have paid the price of TTC and program fees hikes AND service cuts.


In the name of keeping homeowner's property taxes low, Mayor Tory's proposed 2017 budget hikes TTC fares and program fee, cuts transit routes, closes TCHC units, and reduces staffing levels in shelters, recreation centres and long-term care facilities. It also fails to reduce long wait lists for social housing, child care subsidies, recreation programs and long-term care facilities.

We say Toronto can do better! 
City residents need a budget that makes transit, housing, child care, recreation and critical city services affordable AND accessible.


  1. Join us at Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, February 15 at 9 am - 10.30 am for the “Have a Heart” rally.  Let’s send a strong message that Council can do better. Sign up to get involved here.  Share the Facebook event page and attached flyer with your friends!  (If you can’t make it at 9 am, please join us later in the day – the budget debate will likely continue into the evening).  

  1. This week, sign the on-line petition and urge your Councillor to vote for fair budget that improves access to city services instead of cutting them back.  

  1. Join our pre-rally poster-making parties on Thursday, February 9 at 12-8 pm or Monday, February 13 at 6-9 pm (2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001)

For more information, please contact Susan Kwong at skwong@socialplanningtoronto. org or 416-562-8110.

Many thanks for helping build a fair city!

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