Staring Down Homo Economicus: Dufferin Grove park – big ole society in big old action, much to the city’s horror


by Darren O'Donnell

Toronto is currently in a budget crisis with a deficit of debatable size (Vaughn, 2011). Mayor Rob Ford, elected on a platform to "stop the gravy train," finding no gravy, still insists that during these economically austere times, cuts must happen. City councilor Adam Vaughan, on the other hand, counters that what we're witnessing is an ideological driven shell game, in which the mayor is creating a crisis in order to make cuts to services he would prefer covered by the private sector, if at all. The state's role in service provision, while always a hotly debated topic, clearly becomes more urgent during times of real or fabricated fiscal lack.

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