With a glimmer of hope the province may yet upload some social service costs, Toronto Mayor David Miller yesterday got some backing for his message to Queen’s Park from a new coalition of labour, environmental, housing and ethnocultural groups.


“The downloading of services and downloading of costs has put a straitjacket on our city and other cities and has made them financially unsustainable,” John Cartwright, president of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, said during the coalition launch at city hall. Miller told reporters yesterday the city is paying about $300 million in social service costs the province should pick up.




In progress

  • On Monday, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen said, “We’re working on it,’’ when asked whether there may be an announcement from the province on uploading.