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AGAR: Province's budget battle with cities far from over

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28.05.2019

Premier Doug Ford has reversed course and will back away from imposing retroactive provincial funding cuts on municipal public health, ground ambulance and child-care programs.

Ford announced Monday that he has listened and agrees that municipalities are having difficulty with retroactive cuts, saying: “We are giving them more runway.”

Did Toronto Mayor John Tory score a political victory?

In a letter to the premier last week, Tory — referring to City Manager Chris Murray’s assertion that the cuts would leave Toronto short $177.65 million for 2019 — said: “He was also clear that we will not be able to make up this difference with efficiencies alone this far into the fiscal year — if your government proceeds with these cuts, the city will be forced to cut core........

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