CivicAction Leaders Offer Support to Toronto City Council in Addressing Financial Challenges

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - CivicAction's Chair John Tory and CEO Julia Deans sent a letter to Toronto City Council yesterday speaking to the City's significant financial challenges and offering to engage CivicAction's broad network of civic leaders in helping to identify ways to achieve much needed savings and preserve valued programs and initiatives.

Through its projects and Greater Toronto Summits, CivicAction works with thousands of leaders from all sectors to tackle big issues and opportunities in the Greater Toronto region. In recent weeks, CivicAction has issued several public letters and statements with regard to Toronto's priority neighbourhoods, the waterfront development process and the broader core services review, including a deputation by Julia Deans to Toronto City Council's Executive Committee.

"You have very tough choices to make and our role is to help you move us all forward," Julia Deans told the Executive Committee. "We ask you to carefully analyze your options to make sure that you're not cutting an investment now that will reduce city spending on things like social services, energy and housing later.  Assess how you can invest city resources to leverage further investment and collaboration from other sectors to improve our economy and to create better jobs, better homes and better neighbourhoods for all."

Read CivicAction's September 22 letter to Toronto City Council, watch the video of Julia Deans' deputation to the Executive Committee, or read CivicAction's full deputation, sent with the letter to Council.

About the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
CivicAction is a multi-sectoral coalition of thousands of civic leaders committed to acting collectively to tackle tough issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region. CivicAction's Greater Toronto Summits bring leaders from all walks of life together to assess the region's strengths and challenges and to identify priority areas and opportunities for attention (the 2011 Greater Toronto Summit report is Breaking Boundaries: Time to Think and Act Like a Region). In the periods between Summits, CivicAction takes a role in incubating innovative initiatives designed to galvanize action in these priority areas.

CivicAction's current initiatives are aimed at: making the Toronto region flourish through environmental action and innovation (Greening Greater Toronto); creating a leadership landscape that better reflects the region's diversity (DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project in partnership with Maytree); and connecting and supporting rising city-builders (the Emerging Leaders Network).

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