Mayor John Tory cast a vote at city council last week which increases fears that he is backtracking on his commitment to tackle poverty and inequality in our city.

Mayor Tory helped defeat a motion that would have protected low-income people from user fee hikes in the city’s 2017 budget.

He also voted against motions to protect child care spaces, social housing spaces and TTC service — all key elements of the city’s anti-poverty plan — from budget cuts.

As members of the Advisory Group on the City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, we are deeply troubled by these and other recent actions by our mayor and council.