Toronto library board member quits, calls TPL a "$165,000,000 annual burden"
Stephen Dulmage made a splash as a rookie member of Toronto's library board.
While other members focused on trying to minimize cuts in an austerity budget, Dulmage advocated "closing 38 branches, warehousing books, eliminating computers, and other budget measures that baffled board colleagues of all political stripes," the Star's Daniel Dale wrote last November.
Board members had been invited by the chief librarian to make money-saving suggestions as alternatives to Sunday closures and hours reductions. Dulmage is a chartered accountant and former chief financial officer of Dominion Securities who donated to mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi during the 2010 civic election campaign.
Dulmage has quit the library board with a flourish. In his May 2 resignation letter obtained by the Star, Dulmage wrote to library board chair Councillor Paul Ainslie:
I resign as a Director.
After 6 months as a Director, I see that the Board has no will for needed change. TPL is a $165,000,000 annual burden for City Taxpayers which could easily be done for $100,000,000, stuck with a bricks and mortar model when people now go online to search for books. 2 consultant reports have told us we have too many branches and in fact there are 3 times as many branches south of St. Clair as compared to north of St. Clair!
The Branches have been turned into Community Centres offering programmes and services duplicating other Government Agencies ... Toronto already has 200 Community Centres !!
I could go on with a long list of other problems and misdirections ... but won't as you know of them.
keep moving forward !!