October 19, 2014
One Yonge Street
Re: John Barber: Bring back truly local government
The remedy to the problems resulting from amalgamation is readily available.
New York City (NYC) has a greater land mass than Toronto and more than three times the population. NYC government dealt with the management problems resulting from a large area and large population more than 40 years ago by creating Community Districts and Community Boards. This is an effective and practical solution enabling good financial and services management by city politicians and staff, and provides the opportunity for true democratic participation in city government for its citizens.
Draft legislation for Community Districts and Community Boards based on the NYC legislation has been created, consisting of 11 clauses and 2 appendices for inclusion in the Toronto Municipal Code. It is available on my website for review.
Let’s now take the common-sense steps to fix the resulting problems of a much larger city by creating Toronto Community Districts and Community Boards, which provide for local solutions to problems and true democracy for our citizens within the amalgamated city of Toronto.
CC: John Barber and Paul Bedford