“We’re going to be outsourcing everything that is not nailed down,” declared Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford on February 6, 2011.
A short while later, his brother, Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford, launched a review of all Toronto’s city services, with the goal of privatizing or shutting down municipal services as a way to save money.
Libraries For Sale?
The Toronto Public Library and its local branches are a core target of this review, and it seems likely that the City Council is planning to privatize some or all of its operations, as has already happened in several American cities.
As a result, local branches of the Toronto Public Library would almost certainly be closed. Some or all of the Library’s operations would be privatized, leading to higher user fees, fewer books and less access to the information and other vital services that are offered for little or no cost. In addition, ongoing cuts to library staff would be accelerated.
The people of Toronto need our help to prevent the threatened privatization of their public libraries.
Click here to sign our petition telling Toronto’s Mayor Ford that libraries should not be for sale.
And thank you.
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