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More than 340 Torontonians registered and lined up to defend the public services we all rely on—including many CUPE members.

The Mayor of Toronto and his executive committee held a marathon meeting, as the city’s public made deputations in response to a KPMG report that showcased “opportunities” to cut public services and programs.

City Hall saw impassioned speeches such as:

  • Janet Bojti, CUPE Local 4400, speaking about food programs in schools
  • Janet Tiebo, CUPE Local 2484, defending affordable public childcare
  • Vanessa Hunt, CUPE Local 1281, listing the benefits of youth leader ship initiatives
  • Pat Lenathen , CUPE Local 416, citing Chicago’s debacle after privatizing parking  
  • Grant Ankerman, President of CUPE Local 1600, speaking about Toronto’s zoo

It was about 1:45 a.m. when Maureen O’Reilly, President of CUPE Local 4948, stepped up to the mic to defend the city’s public libraries.

Her deputation garnered a huge reaction from the crowd, as she presented the committee with over 10 boxes of petitions, signed by people who want to protect our libraries.

“The room erupted in a standing ovation, with clapping and whistling,” said O’Reilly.”People were chanting save our libraries!”

You can join the nearly 40,000 people who have already signed the petition by visiting

Earlier this month, KPMG presented a Core Services Review to City Hall that highlighted various “opportunities” to save money by making cuts. Their review suggests making absurd cuts to the much-needed public services that Ford was elected to protect.

KPMG’s findings found an “opportunity” to do things like eliminate 2,000 child care spaces, reduce the standard for snow clearing in Toronto, and sell off our city’s Long Term Care Homes to the private sector.

“It was inspiring to see our brothers and sisters speaking so passionately. They were defending the services that we use, and services that we provide,” said CUPE Ontario’s President, Fred Hahn.

“It renewed my faith that people care about public services.”

For more information, please contact:Ryan LeClaire, CUPE Communications 416-992-4094