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Should Scarborough become a city of its own?

Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 7:23 pm EDT

Would you want to see Scarborough become a city of its own? A new petition has been started to support that very idea. We explored the possibility, the likelihood, and the sentiment for a “de-amalgamated” Scarborough with some key players and residents in the city.

 

Paula Fletcher
Councillor, Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth

“I’m not sure if this is the right moment to start the de-amalgamation conversation.  But for Scarborough to begin it when they’re getting their $3-billion, one-stop subway paid for by a levy all taxpayers across the whole city are paying, it’s a bit odd to me.”

 

Mayor John Tory’s office

“The Mayor was elected on a mandate to unite us as one Toronto by building a strong, inclusive city from Etobicoke to Scarborough and from North York to the waterfront. It’s why he is determined to bring much needed transit to the east end of the city with SmartTrack and the Scarborough subway extension. The 600,000 people living in Scarborough deserve this transit that will connect their neighbourhoods to the rest of their city, to their jobs and to their vital economic and community hubs in Scarborough.”

 

Norm Kelly
Councillor, Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt

“The neighbourhoods that I represent — the tax load went down anywhere from $250 to over $1,000 a year. That’s a lot of money left in the pockets of Scarborough taxpayers.  We’re an exciting part of Toronto. In many respects, we’re the best part of Toronto. We’re the greenest part of Toronto. And it’s in Scarborough where a lot of the more creative artists are coming from — The Weeknd, for example.”

 

Robert McDermott, petition author

“We have 44 members at Toronto City Council voting on a re-zoning issue in Scarborough. That shouldn’t happen. Somebody halfway across town is voting on an issue that’s not really related to them. This is the reason we want our council back so we can deal with our local issues and we can keep our tax dollars in Scarborough.”

 

Rukhsana Iqbal, Scarborough resident

“It will be better because it will be more efficient and effective.”

 

Prasanna Sunthar, Scarborough resident

“Either way it’s fine. I think it’s doing fine right now. I don’t see an issue with it right now. So, why change something that’s working, right?”