TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - YWCA Toronto says the city will be a
harsher, more difficult place if many of the City Manager's
recommendations are implemented.
Reacting to the City Manager's report released earlier today, YWCA CEO
Heather McGregor said, "Cutting subsidized child care spots and
discontinuing investments in affordable housing will make the poor
poorer and further marginalize some of our City's most vulnerable. Such
cuts will diminish this City."
YWCA Toronto is urging City Council to ensure budget decisions do not
undermine our collective effort to make the City a more just, equitable
and livable City.
"Torontonians also need to be asking political candidates in the
provincial election what they are going to do to ensure vital services
and programs, including child care and affordable housing, are
adequately funded," added Sarah Blackstock, YWCA's Director of Advocacy
& Communications. "What's happening in Toronto right now has a lot to
with what happens at Queen's Park. Torontonians should be pressing
provincial candidates with hard questions, while ensuring they also let
their City Councillors know what's important to them."
"The City Manager's recommendations touch every aspect of the City.
Torontonians need to be vocal about the City they want," urged
YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. Our
programs promote equality, economic security and lives free from
violence. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find
jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We
offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs,
community support programs, girls' programs and family programs.
SOURCE YWCA Toronto
For further information:
For more information, contact Sarah Blackstock, Director of Advocacy & Communications at 416-892-6845 (mobile).