The Cheat Sheet: Committee Meetings, May 19-25

I have been falling behind on my committee-agenda-reading agenda, I’m afraid. Better late and slightly half-assed than never. Coming up in the next few weeks: the final 2014 budget variances; extreme cold-weather drop-ins; misuse of TTC fuel credit cards; wildlife encounters; and more.

Got an opinion you want to share? You (yes, you) can sign up to make a speech on any of these committee items. It’s best to email your request in a couple days in advance.

The "request to speak" button on an individual item's page automatically fills in the email fields for you.
The “request to speak” button on an individual item’s page automatically fills in the email fields for you.
Each committee's page at toronto.ca/council has a contact email in the sidebar.
Each committee’s page at toronto.ca/council has a contact email in the sidebar.

Tuesday, May 19

Budget Committee (9:30 AM)

[Agenda]

  • The final numbers from last year’s budget are in, and it’s always worth combing through the operating, capital and reserve funds variance reports for details that don’t make it into the headlines. For example: how much did the city “save” by not filling X number of vacant positions, and has it affected the quality of city services? Which capital projects are being prioritized and which are getting shuffled to the back of the line?

  • Note to self: get someone to explain recoverable debt funding to me. It sounds like “we’re doing it cheaper so we can pay for it with the money we saved” but I’m a finance n00b.

Wednesday, May 20

Economic Development Committee (9:30 AM)

[Agenda]

Look, guys, we've just about recovered from the introduction of free trade!
Look, guys, we’ve just about recovered from the introduction of free trade!

Thursday, May 21

Community Development & Recreation Committee (9:30 AM)

[Agenda]

Friday, May 22

Audit Committee (9:30 AM)

[Agenda]

Monday, May 25

Licensing & Standards Committee (9:30 AM)

[Agenda]

  • This is bound to be a lively debate: Options for Mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflict in Toronto. (Dare I say…a wildlively debate? Oh god, I’m so sorry.) Relocating, culling, and sterilizing animals have all been tried unsuccessfully in other jurisdictions. The most effective solution, Municipal Licensing & Standards’ report concludes, may just be educating humans on how to be good neighbours (and not to feed the fucking coyotes).
Where the fuck are these 20% of Torontonians who have never seen a squirrel?
Where the fuck are these 20% of Torontonians who have never seen a squirrel?

There’s a few more meetings coming up this month, but the agendas haven’t been posted yet. I’ll probably just do a new post for them!

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