The first noted City Council rejects a resolution by Councillor Michael Thompson, to cut the police budget by $25 million.
The Police Chief , said "hacking the budget" , would mean a reduction of 400 officers. The billion dollar budget is apparently 25% of the entire city spending . Fire protection is likely another 25%.
A Deputy-Police Chief, has just departed amicably with a settlement, following his statement that $10 million could be cut by using technology to reduce manpower.
"Big Mike McCormack",president of the police association welcomed the deputy-chief's departure.
Likely he is equally pleased with City Council's decision.
The Police Association Chief is son of former Police Chief Bill McCormack. Three of his siblings are also officers in the department.
The Pater retired after frequent red-faced tussles with Susan Eng , a former chair of Toronto Police Services Board who also tried to make a difference.
Olivia Chow, losing candidate in the last Mayoralty contest, was also known to demur occasionally on the question of police costs and practices.
Toronto C.U.P..E. outside workers are currently negotiating a contract with the city .They are on strike notice. They have made several hundred proposals in hopes of obtaining an agreement one related to job security.
Deputy-Mayor Denzil Miinnen- Wong opines the Union does not understand the constraints the city is working under.
I think one might conclude the workers understand very well who is in charge of city spending in the main and the source of constraints.
The Mayor and Council are unlikely under any illusion .
Former Mayor John Sewell, currently associate of a Police Accountability organisation, calls the
billion dollar police budget " a pot of gold" .
A mere summary of the spending plan has been provided to his organisation.
In response to Councillor Thompson's resolution, Mayor John Tory says "community safety is too important to be dealt with on the back of an envelope .
In a pig's ear. Mayor Tory covers his posterior well. He is unlikely to suffer the fate of former Mayor John Sewell ,who enjoyed but a single term in office back in the days.
He was said by some to have been Toronto's best administrative Mayor ever but not admired by the Police Association.
He challenged police budgets and practices all those years ago. Such a thing was as unheard of then as now.