7.20.2011

toronto has more donut shops than libraries. fight to keep the libraries open.

Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford thinks his city has more libraries than donut shops. In fact:
When the Urban Affairs branch closes, Toronto will have 3.9 libraries per 100,000 people, which is what Vancouver has. Halifax has 4.3 libraries per 100,000 people, more than Toronto. In the U.S., the entire state of Vermont, which has only one-quarter of the population of Toronto, has 30 libraries per 100,000 people, which is 7-1/2 times the library density of Toronto.

In Etobicoke (Mr. Ford's area), there are 13 library branches there, and 39 Tim Horton's shops, not to mention all the other donut shops. In fact, on a per capita basis, the people in Etobicoke have fewer libraries than Toronto as a whole. They have one for every 27,000 people whereas in Toronto as a whole it's about one for every 25,000 people.
A new poll shows that Torontonians overwhelming oppose Ford's anti-library privatization agenda. Of course they do! Privatization benefits the few at the expense of the many.

Be part of the many that speaks out against this madness.

9 comments:

James said...

Ford & co have paid KPMG $3 million to find the gravy; what they've come back with has basically amounted to There's no gravy here. At best there's a bit of brushed-on BBQ sauce, just enough to keep things from being completely bland. You should get rid of that. And some of the meat.

Which isn't a surprise. Government's a lot more efficient than conservative politicians like to believe...

James said...

A useful resource: the top five Ford brothers truthiness fact checks of the week, which includes the library quote.

James said...

BlogTO works it out: Toronto has about 3x as many Tim Horton's stores as libraries. Check the map.

My neighbourhood (Highland Creek)? 9 Tims, 3 libraries.

impudent strumpet said...

Apart from the bass-ackwards priorities, not only is he lying about objective verifiable quantitative facts, he's lying about objective verifiable quantitative facts when going up against librarians!

laura k said...

Thanks for the links, James.

he's lying about objective verifiable quantitative facts when going up against librarians!

LOL bad idea.

Of course he doesn't care about facts. Politicians with privatization agendas don't let the facts get in the way. If they did, city services would never be privatized in order to supposedly save money, since it always ends up costing more (with less efficiency and less accountability).

James said...

In response to Margaret Atwood's criticisms of Ford's attacks on libraries:

"Good luck to Margaret Atwood. I don't even know her, she could walk by me, I wouldn't have a clue who she is. But she's not down here, she's not dealing the problem. If she did, tell her to go run in the next election, and get democratically elected. And we'd be more than happy to sit down and listen to Margaret Atwood."

laura k said...

Rx: less time in Tim Horton's, more time in the library.

James said...

I've figured out a solution that should appease the Fords:

Open Tim Horton's branches in libraries.

Hey, they have Second Cups in Chapters branches...

laura k said...

Hey, they have Second Cups in Chapters branches...

Where I live, every bookstore has a Starbucks. I believe it's the law.

Maybe unemployed librarians could bake cookies and sell them in the library.