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Toronto's Executive Committee rejects 13% pay hike

Instead, Councillors and the Mayor will get a cost of living increase...

There won't be a huge bonus for incoming councillors after this fall's municipal election.

Toronto's executive committee has voted down a proposed 12.9% hike in pay for Councillors and the Mayor.

They did vote to keep giving 'cost of living' increases, which work out to about 2 or 3% a year.

The matter will now go to general council in May.

The Executive Committee also debated councillors' expenses, in particular travel expenses. 

Some Councillors came under fire for spending tens of thousands of dollars on trips including $60,000 to send 19 councillors to B.C. for the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference.

The committee voted in a number of motions to make travel expenses more transparent. 

The Executive Committee was to also debate voter recall legislation that would have allowed taxpayers to recall their councillor if they could get a petition signed by 50% of the voters in that councillor's ward.  That motion was deferred indefinitely.

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  1. Kim posted on 04/23/2014 12:51 PM
    We can't afford anymore multi-million-dollarshe ngvult parking-spots-to-showers programs, $2M bike lanes, or other idiotic council decisions. I'd rather pay a bit more and get some competent folks in to run the city.
    1. kim posted on 04/23/2014 12:52 PM
      @Kim In my comment above, there were no typos. What happened?
  2. Jack posted on 04/23/2014 12:58 PM
    We need to address the factors that contribute to the constant increase in the cost of living, rather than waste time and money playing catch-up with it.

    First of all, we need to re-evaluate the powers and privileges that unions in both the public and private sectors use to blackmail and extort their way into constant pay increases. These increases lead directly to either higher taxes (public sector) or higher prices which ripple through the entire supply chain of any good or service until those price increases finally reach the consumer (private sector).

    Stop unions, stop the cycle.
  3. jjenner posted on 04/23/2014 01:49 PM
    Shouldn't we be talking about a pay cut to a part-time, crack smoking mayor who often cavorts with criminals?
    1. Dean posted on 04/23/2014 01:55 PM
      @jjenner Only a miniscule part of the problem. With the billions of dollars that could be reclaimed from cutting back in the public sector, you're talking about replacing the left headlight on the outermost car of a 50-vehicle pileup on the highway.
    2. jjenner posted on 04/23/2014 02:04 PM
      @Dean Fair point - however, the article was only dealing with the proposed increases for the Mayor/Councillors.
    3. dama posted on 04/23/2014 02:32 PM
      @jjenner If you just want to comment on that article.. "proposed increases for Mayor/Councillors" why did you bring about the cutting of a part time mayor who socialised wit criminals?

      I didn't that part mentioned in that article.. so stick to the pay increased that Rob Ford vehemently y objected.. cant say for the rest of the councillors.. if it is not an election year .. most councillors will vote YES to the increase

      Rob Ford haters will spin negative about Rob Ford on any city hall business.. and you being one of them ..
    4. tanjo posted on 04/23/2014 03:21 PM
      @dama Annoying isn't it?

      Kinda like when the Ford Apologists mention the Liberals every time their leader gets caught doing something else.

      Is there no end to our hypocracy!
    5. tanjo posted on 04/23/2014 03:22 PM
      @Dean The headlight is easy to fix.
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