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February 19, 2002
City's Diversity Advocate sends reminder to Budget Advisory Committee
Councillor Sherene Shaw (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt), Diversity Advocate,
has informed the budget committee of the priorities that the City's Community
Advisory Committees on Access, Equity and Human Rights would like to see
addressed in this year's budget.

The five City of Toronto Community Advisory Committees (Aboriginal Affairs;
Disability Issues; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues; Race and
Ethnic Relations; and Status of Women) unanimously asked the Budget Advisory
Committee to consider the impact any proposal to increase, flatline or decrease
funding will have on service users, stressing that City Council policies and
strategic plans promote the protection of and support for Toronto's most
vulnerable communities.

"The need for this funding is as important as it has ever been, if not more,"
said Councillor Shaw. "I have met with these committees, and what I heard is
that to cut funding to many of these services will have very harmful effects on
these communities."

The Diversity Advocate recently met with the five City of Toronto Community
Advisory Committees on Access, Equity and Human Rights, and heard concerns
regarding possible cuts to the funding of public transit, wheeltrans, children
and youth services, affordable housing, community grants and supportive
services for tenants and homeless people.

Media Contact
Media contacts:
Councillor Sherene Shaw, City of Toronto Diversity Advocate
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement



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