Well since the OP was just a re-post of a Star column I thought I'd counter with this, equally as partisan, article.
Even the facts didn’t sway them — facts like the 10 school pools they saved are not only under utilized but cost $12/swim compared to $2/swim at city pools.
Or the fact that the ice rinks they fought to keep open sit empty 97% of the time and they’ve spent $260,000 on keeping the lights on and CUPE staff employed.
Or that the three day care centres they rescued – for a whopping $1.6-million – have a grand total of 44 kids in them. That’s $36,000 this year per kid. Very fiscally responsible. Or that the lion’s share of the $2.8-million in community service grants they so proudly reinstated go to groups in former deputy mayor Joe Pantalone’s (now Mike Layton) and former TTC chairman Adam Giambrone’s (now Ana Bailao) wards.
These were hardly service cuts.
Either they chose not to do their homework or they chose not to listen.
They have to look in the mirror and face their constituents.
But stunning loss? Pul-lease.
Let’s be real.
If these numbers are to be believed, the way this money is to be spent isn't exactly good stewardship of taxpayer money.
And to imply that if there wasn't an arena or a pool available for free for poor youths, they'd be criminals, is rather offensive. Don't their taxpayer-funded schools have extra-curricular activities? Aren't there already public parks for kids to play in. Are community centres all across the city bursting at the seams from over-use?
Also is there any evidence that these specific pools and arenas were keeping kids out of gangs?
Edited by Boges, 19 January 2012 - 07:15 AM.