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Councillor Shelley Carroll deconstructs the city budget from the equity point of view.
Stamping out homophobic bullying takes dedication, strategy and cash, so strike a blow for inclusiveness by attending the Climax funder for PFLAG, co-hosted by PROUD FM, Laser Eagles Art Guild and others. Climax includes performances by Kreesha Turner, Jeffrey Straker, Young Empires and others. Sunday (May 27), 3 pm. $10 min donation. Berkeley Church, 315 Queen East. lasereagles.com.
Making safe, just ‘hoods
Neighbourhood safety is a complex matter - we need policies that address social justice shortfalls as well as protecting residents from crime. What Will Keep Our Communities Safe? features input from those who've spent time munching on the dilemma: U of T criminologist Tony Doob, harm reduction expert Raffi Balian, Toronto Police Accountability Coalition's Anna Willats, youth gang expert Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and Ryerson criminologist Anne-Marie Singh. Tuesday (May 29), 7 pm. Free. Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen East. 416-392-6810.
Follow the money
To what extent do city expenditures help or hurt the attempt to create fairness across our communities? Here's an evaluation by a pol who's watched every dollar. Where The Money Goes - Equity And The Municipal Budget features Councillor Shelley Carroll, budget chief under David Miller. Carroll demystifies the way city revenues work and describes how individuals can bring about change. Tonight (Thursday, May 24), 6:30 pm. Free. Don Mills United Church, 126 O'Connor. 416-425-4950.