Speakers with disabilities and young children allowed to address exec comm first.
The speakers begin. Two minutes each.
Cllr Vaughan asks for questions. "We have cllrs blurting out questions, that's not unusual," mayor says.
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Kenneth Poon of TO HIV/AIDS ntwk tells comm how he uses city supports.
Most living with HIV below poverty line, Poon says.
RT @goldsbie: The mayor will be having a brief press conference in his office at 1:20.
361 speakers signed up to talk at Exec Comm meeting
Cllr Vaughan asks comm to accommodate speakers with disabilities. "What's happening is wrong" he says of time limit.
Woman in Caribana-style headdress and wheelchair tells of how she benefits from drop-in services.
Mayor threatens to kick out Cllr Pam McConnel for remarks over budget numbers. She says "mess" a surplus.
Erin George, mom with baby, says on 16 daycare waiting lists, used city ratings to pick centres
Budget head says filling $500-mill hole would take 25 per cent tax hike
Tots sing a protest song at exec tee: "Toronto Island has a farm, e-i-e-i-o. Please don't take way our farm away, e-i-e-i-o. "
First performance: children sing "please don't take away our farm" to Old McD tune.
"I expected better from you," says deputant, scolding Mayor Ford for guaranteeing no budget cuts then considering them.
Cllr Paul Ainslie says the library workers union was circulating a note saying that 30 libraries are on the chopping block. #scaretactics
Bringing these adorable tots to ctee is not cricket! This boy with his mop of blonde hair is giving running commentary on Riverdale Farm.
Mom with 3 year old Teddy defends Riverdale farm. Teddy says "I have a question" when mayor asks.
Articulate young woman single parent says she was able to get through high school thanks to good child care.
Hoshana Calliste says numbers have faces and families.
Another young woman is on the verge of tears as she talks about child care. "You promised you wouldn't cut anything down," she tells Ford.
Single mom Beatriz Ilescas breaks down over daycare cuts. "It means a lot to me."
Cllr Mammoliti says city daycare costs 30 per cent more.
Another mother, son in arms, says she was able to go to high school, then go on to the U of T, thanks to child care.
"It takes a village to raise a child," mother says, and "Ultimately you would be cutting a large part of my village away" by cutting daycare
Livia Prince first to support cuts. Says many seniors live in fear of losing home with tax hikes. Can't afford hike.
Livia Prince, an elderly immigrant who came as a refugee, says she'd be willing to pay $15 a year for a library card to save branches.
You cannot tax older people from their home, Ms. Prince says. "The balance is off. "
Livia Prince says she appreciates the mayor's attempt to make the budget sustainable and that she can't afford property-tax hikes.
Mom Sharon Smith says city inspections of daycare very important.
Mayor says he will call names 3 times. If speakers not ready they miss their chance.
Your job is not just to manage finances "but to build this city," YWCA's Sarah Blackstock tells the mayor.
I you want to cut the fat you don't cut off your limbs or "dig out the fat with a hatchet," says another deputant. #thisisgettinggross
Deputants keep pointing out that the mayor wouldn't have to cut so much is he hadn't killed the car-reg tax, giving up more than $60m in rev
Cllr Mammoliti asks a woman where she heard that the city paid for drawings of a Ferris Wheel at the Pt Lands. "In the paper," she replies.
Have to admit this kind of democratic openness is pretty neat. You wouldn't see a PM or premier sit through a public lashing like this.
Union leader Ann dembinski says union members are "real" Torontonians"
Ann Dembinski of CUPE is the latest to remind the mayor that he "guaranteed" not cuts, a rash promise that is coming back to haunt him.
Ferris wheels and sports teams will not make a world class city, she says.
"The care of animals is your obligation," deputant tells ctee, speaking against cuts to animal services.
Ward 5 resident Cheryl Rhind makes point she has never spoken before. Asks to keep pet licences and pick up for unwanted pets.
RT @praxistheatre: Lisa Brost: "I'm not a communist. If you don't believe me, you can smell me." That one is for you C. Mammoliti. #TOpoli