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Toronto council votes to double staff budgets to cover bigger workload

Diana Pereira, 680News and CityNews

Last Updated Dec 5, 2018 at 7:29 pm EST

Toronto council has voted to double its staff budgets to help cover the increased workload after Doug Ford’s government slashed the number of wards in the city.

At a meeting Wednesday, councillors agreed to increase their budgets to $482,000 a year from $241,000.

Councillors also discussed a report that lays out how council should restructure itself after being cut nearly in half, from 47 to 25 seats.

They adopted recommendations to establish a special committee that will work over the next few months to come up with final plan for governance.

They also agreed to reduce the number of appointments to boards, committees and tribunals to help ease demands on council members.

680 NEWS reporter Momin Qureshi was at the council meeting. Follow his coverage below.

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My head is spinning like Linda Blair’s (Google “The Exorcist” if you’re too young to know this reference). They are complaining that there are too many committees for the number of councilors so what do they do – create another committee – AIEEE!t

How about cutting back on some of these committees period! Of course that will never happen, at least not in my life time.

December 05, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Are Shelley Carrol and Adrienne Clarkson related? Or do they both simply share the trough queen genes by coincidence?

December 05, 2018 at 1:02 pm