Rob Ford vs. libraries. How does one define the city of Toronto? A metropolis of diverse cultures, no doubt. But more importantly, our city is home to various social classes — the lower of which Mayor Ford seems to have forgotten.
Among other service cuts, library closures are frankly quite unwarranted. Having come to Canada in 2004, and progressing from a new immigrant to a citizen of this country, I can honestly say from experience that Toronto libraries are not just simple book stores. These establishments are much more than that; rather, they are a constituent of the emotional, intellectual and social sanctuary that supports many of our city’s lower/middle class, students and new immigrants.
Consider the many post-secondary students in our city.
Libraries are the intellectual sanctuary of these Torontonians. The wealth of resources they offer, coupled with the commodious and quiet space, offer the ideal working area for studies and accomplishments needed by these Torontonians.
Tiange Li, Toronto