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Toronto, Feb 11 (Canadian-Media): This afternoon, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Gary Crawford, City Councillor and Budget Chief, Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest at City of Toronto highlighted the library initiatives in the City’s 2018 budget ahead of Monday's City Council meeting to debate the 2018 budget, media reports said.
City of Toronto plans to invest $182 million in the Toronto Public Library, including opening on Sundays subject to the approval of City’s 2018 budget this week.
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Nine additional library branches that would reportedly be opened would be: Burrows Hall, Eglinton Square, Jane/Dundas, Morningside, Sanderson, St. James Town, Steeles, Thorncliffe and Weston.
This will bring the total number of branches that would remain open on Sundays 42.
Sunday reportedly being the busiest day of the week, on an an hourly basis, the expanded Sunday service would support the objectives of the City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy -- a concrete, 20-year plan that was unanimously approved by City Council in 2015. It contains 17 recommendations linked to a set of actions to be carried over a four-year period -- by giving people access to safe space, technology and information.
"We are choosing to invest in people by bringing library access into neighbourhoods which need it most. The library is about making sure everyone in Toronto has access, opportunity and connections,” John Tory was reported to state.
Sunday service also reportedly responds to the needs of families with children who need a place to visit and learn, students who need a place to study, do research, and the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners for mobile work space during non-traditional hours.
"This program, along with several other measures in the Poverty Reduction Strategy from the 2018 budget, will make a difference in people’s lives, provide hope and opportunity, and make our city a fairer more inclusive place to live,” Crawford was reported to state.
Reporting by Asha Bajaj