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EmpowerTO Campaign for a Toronto City Charter Gains Momentum

5 Nov 2019 7:42 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

Our campaign to ensure Torontonians have the tools to effectively decide how we grow, get around, and support each other is continuing to gain momentum. I was joined by my council colleague Kristyn Wong-Tam and residents' group Charter City Toronto at City Hall this morning to launch a discussion paper on new powers and protections. 

I first moved a motion at Council over a year ago requesting the federal government to move forward with a City Charter for Toronto. Since then, leaders from other levels of government have acknowledged that a city with a population larger than half of the country's provinces should not have its planning decisions unilaterally overruled, or the basic rules of its election changed, with no consultation and after it was already underway. 

Today, Torontonians including MP Adam Vaughan, former Premier Bob Rae, and former Mayor John Sewell endorsed the need for more autonomy today.

This morning's event was the kick off for a series of local discussions in neighbourhoods across the city about our future. We are organizing another large event for early next year and I'll personally be visiting communities across our city over the coming months to hear their feedback and priorities for our city. For more information on today's event, please read articles inThe Star and The Globe.

You can help grow the Empower Toronto movement. Please click here and share this site with your friends and family as well as on Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media using the hashtag #EmpowerTO. If everyone sends the link to 10 people in their network our voice will be hard to ignore!

Upcoming City Charter Events

Charter City TO Public Meeting

Thurs. Nov 21 6:30 PM New Horizons Centre                                                              
1140 Bloor St West at Dufferin Subway
You must click here to RSVP at Eventbrite!

Munk School Debate

Four Experts on local governance and constitutional law debate: Does Toronto Need a City Charter?

Kristin R Good, Dalhousie University
Bruce Ryder, Osgoode Hall Law School
Zack Taylor. U of Western Ontario
Patricia Burke Wood, York University

Thurs. Nov 28 5:30 pm
Auditorium, John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, U of Toronto 
1 Spadina Crescent
RSVP here.

Thank you for being a part of this important movement.




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