Battle of the Books

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, who also has a great Twitter Feed:

Toronto’s public library board has set up a confrontation with Mayor Rob Ford by voting to seek a 2.6 per cent budget increase rather than the 2 per cent it had recently been asked for and the 5 per cent cut the city had originally wanted.

At a rare standing-room-only meeting Thursday night, the board voted 8-2 to approve a plan submitted by Councillor Janet Davis that would avoid the closing of the library’s Urban Affairs branch and another cut that would force the system to purchase 18,400 fewer books and other items.

via Library board defies Ford to seek increase –

Good news all around. Of interest is that Jaye Robinson, who is on the mayor’s executive team, voted to maintain the branch.

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