Shelter cuts reversed, bar for basic income set higher, and childcare growth strategy adopted at City Committee

On April 13, 2017 — the Community Development and Recreation Committee took major action on three important issues. Shelter Cuts Reversed Staffing cuts in Shelters, Support and Housing Administration as a result of the budget have been reversed. Local 79’s President Tim Maguire joined other shelter advocates to highligh the importance of the reversal but also […]

Local 79 kicks off its 75th Anniversary celebrations

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 — Local 79 turned 75 and kicked-off what’s planned to be a year of celebrations. On our 75th birthday, we held an event at City Hall and watched as Local 79’s flag was raised on the City of Toronto’s flagpole. Local 79 members and friends were invited for a light lunch. Local 79 […]

Join us on March 11th for International Women’s Day 2017

Join Local 79 as we attend the International Women’s Day rally and march (please note new location!) When: Saturday, March 11th, 2017  (Indoor rally begins at 11:00 a.m./March begins at 1:00 p.m.) Where: Medical Sciences Building Auditorium, 1 Kings College Circle (University of Toronto) This year’s theme is “Stop the Hate! Unite the fight! Build the Resistance!” […]

Local 79 helps draw attention to City Budget that lacks a heart

Just before Council began its final deliberations on the 2017 City Budget, “Commitment 2 Community” held a post-valentines’ “Have a Heart, Stop the Cuts” rally at City Hall. Local 79 attended and Part-Time Recreation worker Laura Aversa spoke on the effects of service cuts to Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Watch her presentation at the rally in the video […]

Local 79 responds to the Province’s pilot project on Basic Income

In March 2016, the Provincial government announced its intention to run a pilot project on Basic Income. There are many models of basic income, but the idea is to replace programs such as Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) with a fixed benefit. Local 79 has serious concerns about basic income […]

“Play-In” outside Mayor’s Office over cuts to child care and recreation

On Tuesday, February 7th — around 30 children (and their guardians) descended on City Hall to participate in a “Play-In” to protest Mayor John Tory’s cuts to child care and recreation in the proposed City budget. The event was co-hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Toronto Women’s City Alliance, Social Planning Toronto […]

Local 79 highlights continued SAMS administrative burden & flawed Fleet Services contract

On Monday, January 23 — Local 79 presented at the City’s Government Management Committee about our concerns regarding the Social Assistance Management System’s (SAMS) continued administrative burden in the Toronto Employment & Social Services Division. We questioned the wisdom of eliminating 66 temporary positions that were originally brought in to help alleviate that burden. We […]