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"Toronto doesn't have time to wait for other levels of government to bail us out," insisted Thomson. "Without dedicated transit funding in place the bill for transit expansion will fall on tax payers."

A number of employees and avid users of the Toronto Public Library also appeared in front of council to ask them to invest in the service which has faced extensive cuts in recent years.

A representative from the Toronto Real Estate Board who argued the municipal land transfer tax should be cut as it's a hindrance to home ownership.

TRBT president and CEO Carol Wilding told the committee there were three issues in the budget that concerned her group:

laugh in the face of every person who walks through those turnstiles," added Keast pointing out that even though more riders are expected on the TTC next year, per rider subsidies have dropped.

TORONTO Subsidized child care and the cost of transit expansion were on the minds of many at Monday's budget committee meeting as councillors heard from the public about the 2014 capital and operating budgets.

´╗┐child care on minds of many at budget committee meeting

"How many people have had their lives changed forever because what they have found in the public library?" asked employee Brendan Haynes.

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She also urged the city to restore the wage subsidy payments and increase subsidized day care spaces by 528.

Volunteers and program coordinators from schools across the GTA also requested more funding for school breakfast programs including Jennifer Mahon from Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School, where mayor Rob Ford coached the football team for several years.

she feels the burden of paying for transit falls too much on the riders especially the city's poor who rely on the TTC as their only source of transportation.

Former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson and Mackenzie Keast , both of the Toronto Transit Alliance, called on council to move forward with recommended funding tools for transit expansion, including the Scarborough subway.

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Jane Mercer of the Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care told the committee that the city will be receiving $20 million a year from the province for child care funding beginning next year and "With the increase, you can now act."

The CUPE Local 79 head wants job vacancies filled, arguing staff reductions lead to fewer city services.

Piquea said that other seniors living in her area are largely house bound because of the limitations of transit the ability to get on the streetcar with walkers, having to wait 20 to 30 minutes for a streetcar and affordability on a fixed budget.

Miroslav Glavic, whose parents immigrated to Canada, stressed the importance of the library to new Canadians to help them learn English and write resumes.

Her message was echoed by Fatima Piquea, a senior living in a TCHC building.

Bola Otarali, a mother of a seven year old daughter, told of the hardships in securing daycare for her child and urged the city to provide more child Nike Air Max 95 Full Black care programs.

"The ridership is there. It's not going away. It's increasing every day," he said.

Catherine Parsonage of Toronto Foundation for Student Success, whose nutrition programs serve 147,000 children in the city, urges the committee to approve this year's funding.

"Every day I have to decide if we can afford to pay the transit fare when we go out," she stated.

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The two year fiscal outlook provided by city staff does not provide the same budget and financial rigour as a five year plan.

Kara Santokie with the Toronto Women's City Alliance pointed out that in the majority of wards across the city, metropass holders are women and that many of those women come from low income households, making the meteropass increase particularly hard on them.

Council's decision to pursue the Scarborough subway at the expense of a fully funded and approved light rail transit line raises fiscal challenges. The cancellation fee is approaching $100 million and there's the additional need of about $900 million to build the line, which takes capital dollars away from the state of good repair backlog, now approaching $2.5 billion.

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"You can't get a job and support your family if you can't speak the language," he said. "I think the biggest crime you can do is shut down a library. I think it's one of these best services."

There remain challenges in addressing labour costs, particularly police services.

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Debbie Field, executive director of Food Share Toronto, spoke about the stigma she felt as a young girl having to eat in the "poor" cafeteria because she was a part of the hot meal program at her school and how the breakfast program offered now helps minimize any feelings of inadequacy young children may feel now.

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Jessica Bell with the group TTC Riders requested that the city increase subsidies to at least back to 2010 levels, stating that Air Max 95 With Jeans

Other speakers invited to give their input about $9.6 billion operating budget and $18.6 billion capital budget included the head of Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Toronto Real Estate Board and members of arts groups and neighbourhood centres.

had many voicing that they were already paying too much in transit.

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On Nov. 20 the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) approved a five cent hike in tokens and a $5.25 bump in the price of an adult Metropass effective Jan 1, 2014, which Air Max Grey And White

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