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Comparing the burbs

At the heart of every debate about amalgamation is the perception that


some Toronto communities get less attention now than they did before.
In 2007, Scarborough Councillor Norm Kelly commissioned a study
looking at 10 essential services within four community council zones, to
see whether they were getting their fair share, post-amalgamation. Here
are some of the results, coupled with information from the city.
POPULATION NUMBER OF PEOPLE (2001)
Scarborough 627,153
Etobicoke York 561,645
Toronto East York 641,697
North York 581,195
LIBRARY EXPENDITURES DIRECT BRANCH COST PER POPULATION SERVED (2006)
Scarborough $32.05
Etobicoke York $30.45
Toronto East York $50.02
North York $31.66
LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES NUMBER OF FACILITIES (2006)
Scarborough 2
Etobicoke York 3
Toronto East York 3
North York 2
COMMUNITY CENTRES NUMBER OF CENTRES (2006)
Scarborough 29
Etobicoke York 40
Toronto East York 32
North York 34
OUTDOOR POOLS NUMBER OF LOCATIONS (2006)
Scarborough 6
Etobicoke York 25
Toronto East York 9
North York 19
ICE RINKS NUMBER (2006)
Scarborough 10
Etobicoke York 16
Toronto East York 6
North York 19
PARKS NUMBER (2006)
Scarborough 303
Etobicoke York 399
Toronto East York 405
North York 375
Snow removal
At the time of amalgamation, select communities — such as North York
— had expanded snow removal programs. Once the megacity was
formed, the other inner suburbs argued to be fair, they should get it too.
This “harmonization” process has been one of the most expensive
aspects of amalgamation.
[ Cost of snow removal in 1998: $32 million

[ Cost of snow removal today: $85 million

(figure does not account for higher labour costs)

Parks spending
Amount spent by the Parks and Recreation
Department on a per person basis.
[ North (North York): $49 [ West (Etobicoke): $50

[ East (Scarborough): $30 [ South (Downtown): $38

SOURCE: City of Toronto TORONTO STAR GRAPHIC

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