Mayor Rob Ford’s anniversary talking points

- October 25th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the Don Bosco Eagles, the high school football team he coaches, on Thursday, October 25, 2012. (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Managed to snag a copy of the talking points Mayor Rob Ford’s office sent out as the mayor hits the two-year mark since he was elected.

Here’s what they want to focus on when talking about the anniversary of Ford’s 2010 election:

 

Key Message: At the half way point of his first term of office, Mayor Ford has already accomplished much of what he said he would do.

 

Reducing the Size and Cost of Government

 

  • Eliminated the Personal Vehicle Tax (PVT)
    • Put $64 million back into the pockets of taxpayers. 
  • Reduced Council Budgets
    • Leading by Example!
    • Froze Mayor & Councillor salaries.
    • Reduced Mayor’s Budget by $700,000 and Councillor Expense budgets to save $900,000.
    • Reduced travel and non-essential expenses (catering) for Council.
  • Contracted out Garbage Collection
    • Contracted out curb-side garbage pick-up west of Yonge St.
    • Will save $11.5 million per year for seven years.
    • Will avoid future public sector garbage strikes in west Toronto.

 

  • 2011-2012 Budgets – Rebuilding our Fiscal Foundation
    • Stopped out-of-control spending growth at City Hall.
    • Accelerated budget process to bring more control to our spending.
    • 2011: 0% Property Tax increase.
    • 2012: Property tax increase less than inflation.
    • Changed the trend line – 2012 gross operating budget will be lower than 2011!
    • Found $336 million in permanent savings.
    • Almost eliminated structural deficit by reducing reliance on 1-time surplus funds.
    • More public consultation in 2011/2012 budget process than ever before.
    • For the first time ever, spent less money in 2012 than the year before.

 

  • New Collective Agreement with full and part-time workers
    • Negotiated collective agreements that will provide the City with the flexibility to improve customer service, while giving taxpayers the best value for their tax dollars.
    • $150 million in savings over the next four years.
    • $35 million in productivity gains from improved efficiency (L416)
    • $54 million in savings from reductions to the city’s liabilities for post-age 65 retiree benefits (L416)
    • Ensures management can run divisions, departments and sections more efficiently. 
    • No labour disruption.
    • Labour stability for the next four years during many upcoming major events, including the 2015 Pan Am Games.
    • Set a bargaining standard for other governments to follow.

 

  • Eliminated the 5-cent bag tax
    • Ensures that retailers have a choice in charging for plastic bags.
    • Gives the consumer the option of shopping at establishments that don’t charge a fee.

 

  • Avoiding Debt
    • Sold City’s shares in Enwave Energy Corp. to generate almost $170 million that will help pay for $700 million unfunded street car order to avoid adding to City’s debt.
    • Committed operating variances to capital costs to avoid new debt.
 

 

Making Government more Transparent and Accountable

 

  • Made Council more Transparent & Accountable
    • All council votes and councillor attendance now recorded and online.
    • Council & Committee Agendas, records of decision, most reports online.

 

  • Posted More Expenses Online
    • Got control of City employee MasterCard purchasing cards.
    • Purchasing Card expenses now online.
    • Senior Managers’ expenses online.

 

  • Reduced Council Speaking times to speed up Council business.

 

  • Adopted Whistleblower Protection By-law

 

 

 

Customer Service Excellence

 

 

  • Introduced a Customer Service Reception Desk in City Hall

 

  • Made Nathan Phillips Square Safe and Inviting for Citizens
    • Ended over half a decade of encampments in Nathan Phillips Square.
    • Nathan Phillips Square is now safe and inviting for people to visit at night.

 

  • Renewed public faith in TCHC
    • Replaced a board of directors that had lost public confidence.
    • Replaced senior management.
    • Approved the sale of 78 stand alone units that will generate funds to address the $751 million in repair backlogs.
    • (First sale 22 units will generate more than $.14.8 million.  Second sale of 56 units will generate over $19 million).
    • The sale of TCHC homes will benefit over 8000 tenant households.
    • Introduced changes in purchasing that saved $3.5 million in just three months.
      (e.g. TCHC was buying batteries for $3.50 from a hardware store, now buy through city shared purchasing program for just $0.95!!).

 

  • Secured base funding for Police TAVIS program
    • Worked with Premier and Police Chief to get province to make TAVIS funding permanent instead of year-to-year.

 

 

 

 

Transportation

 

 

  • Made TTC an Essential Service
    • TTC is essential to our economy.
    • Riders now protected from transit strikes like the one that crippled York Region.
    • Resolved Occupy Toronto.
    • Found a resolution to the protests in a timely manner without violence.

 

  • Focused public debate on how to build subways as a long-term rapid transit strategy

 

  • Launched a comprehensive bicycle strategy
    • Building Toronto’s first on-street separated bicycle lanes.
    • Council approved a network of on-street separated bicycle lanes in downtown core.

 

  • Fighting Gridlock
    • Launched comprehensive downtown traffic study.
    • Restoring traffic capacity on Jarvis.

 

 

Moving Forward

 

The Mayor has launched a major new Economic Development Strategy process that will focus on growing employment in the City.

 

  • Economic Strategy
    • Launched a comprehensive review of Toronto’s Economic Strategy.
    • 2011 Economic Roundtable – brought business and key stakeholders together to focus on Toronto’s long-term economic strategy.

 

  • Chicago Business Mission
    • Led the largest delegation of Toronto leaders on a business mission.
    • Reaffirmed Partnership Agreement with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
    • Will continue to help foster business on both sides of the border that is good for Toronto.

 

  • Taking a Leadership Role with GTA Mayors
    • First Toronto mayor to participate in a Civic Action GTA Mayor’s Caucus meeting.

 

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
Mayor Ford’s Four Priorities:
1 Customer Service Excellence
2 Transparent & Accountable Government
3 Reduced Cost and Size of Government
4 Transportation City

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