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Toronto Open Budget Initiative

Jane Mercer, Executive Coordinator of TCBCC, spoke as a panelist at the Toronto Open Budget Initiative (TOBI) event. Raising the concerns of the childcare community to mayoral and councillor candidates about the need for community participation in the city’s budget process.

“TOBI, a coalition of residents and nonprofit organizations representing a broad cross-section of communities and issue areas, came together in September 2009 to begin the work of opening the City’s budget process.  The group developed the TOBI Declaration identifying six key principles and values inherent to an open budget process, and a set of recommended actions for immediate change.

TOBI, a coalition of residents and nonprofit organizations representing a broad cross-section of communities and issue areas, came together in September 2009 to begin the work of opening the City’s budget process.  The group developed the TOBI Declaration identifying six key principles and values inherent to an open budget process, and a set of recommended actions for immediate change.

Moderated by SPT’s Winston Tinglin, TOBI co-chair Melissa Wong (Toronto Women’s City Alliance) began the town hall with an introduction of TOBI, its members’ frustrations with the current budget process and goals for change.  TOBI members, Andy Mark (Chinese Canadian National Council-Toronto Chapter), Natalie Hundt (ACORN), Keegan Henry-Mathieu (Toronto Youth Cabinet) and Jane Mercer (Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care), introduced the TOBI principles and values.  Finally, TOBI co-chair Ann Fitzpatrick (Children’s Aid Society of Toronto) introduced the group’s recommended actions and its current activities, before Winston Tinglin opened up meeting for questions from those attending..

Occupying Councillors’ seats on the floor of Council Chambers, candidates, residents and members of community groups embraced TOBI’s call for change, offering insights and ideas to open the budget process.  Several gave their endorsement of the TOBI Declaration, and vowed to bring the issues to their campaign work.

Video proceedings of the evening will be made available shortly.  TOBI invites candidates, residents and organizations to endorse the TOBI Declaration and get involved in transforming our City’s budget process.”

For more information about TOBI, please contact Ann Fitzpatrick at amfitzpatrick@torontocas.ca or Melissa Wong at info@twca.ca

The Toronto Coalition For Better Child Care is a proud supporter of the Toronto Open Budget Initiative.

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