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Another Call to Raise Toronto Property Taxes

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This piece by Lawrence Solomon is very effective at pointing out the contrast between property taxes applied to landlords versus those that are paid by private homeowners.

In Toronto, property taxes for homeowners are disproportionately low, not just compared to local rental costs, but also for property taxes applied across the province and rest of the country.

As a result, there’s no logic to renting a property.  When inhabitants of other world-class cities (New York, Chicago, London, etc) have no hope in hell of owning something, why should the people of Toronto (note how I’m equating Toronto with these other top-tier cities)?

Solomon hints that landlords should pay less, but obviously I lean towards the opposite:  property taxes levied on homeowners need to increase.

The frenzy that’s happening with Toronto real estate will not be solved by Ontario’s ‘Hail Mary’ plea to the federal government to alter capital gains taxes. Don’t get me started on the absurdity of this request.  It’s a massive fail on Wynne’s part.

This is asking the Rest of Canada to pay for Toronto’s insanity.

So, NO.  We won’t accept that.

Instead, here are just a few suggestions about how Toronto can moderate the frothiness of their real estate market without pissing off the Rest of Canada:

  1. Institute a gradual increase in homeowner property taxes over the next 5 years so that Toronto leaders can fund their city based on payments from Torontonians.
  2. Put an end to real estate speculation by enforcing transparency with bidding IMMEDIATELY.  The level of disturbing manipulation that’s taking place must come to an end.
  3. Implement a foreign ownership tax similar to Vancouver.
  4. Cap the borrowing rates, especially for new owners.  If all you can afford is a 600-square-foot apartment, that’s all you can afford.

The message for Toronto is that you have to take care of yourself if you want Canada to come to the table.  And you have to accept that you’re a world-class city, so ownership simply may not be an option.

And if that’s unacceptable?

There are hundreds of cities, towns and villages where you can live affordably in Canada and that would be happy to receive you if you gave them a chance.

Creating rules and regs that affect 100% of us for the benefit of a select few is a recipe for disaster.

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Toronto’s ‘Emergency’ Warning

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This is great!

When will Torontonians and all Canadians realize that they’re all going to be victims of Conservative lies?

Rob Ford: F U (Signed the People of Ontario)

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Hey Rob,

Please manage your town as you promised.  If you can’t, please resign.

Please take your faux ‘Tea Party’ rage and ‘Ford Nation’ trash and sell it to your private contractors.  The people of Ontario aren’t buying it and the people of Toronto are embarrassed that you’re using such pathetic attempts to blackmail Ontario’s leadership.

Please stop begging the rest of Ontario to pay for the mess you’ve created.

Thank you.

Quotes from Toronto’s New Mayor

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Quotes from Wikipedia:

  • In March 2007, Ford opposed providing city funds to build bicycle lanes on roads. During the 2007 city budget debate, he said, “I can’t support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”[11][12] At the May 25, 2009 Council meeting to discuss reducing Jarvis St. from five lanes of traffic to four, Ford called cyclists “a pain in the ass” for motorists.
  • In May 2010, the city’s integrity commissioner recommended that Ford be reprimanded for breaching confidentiality.  This was the fourth time that Ford has violated council’s code of conduct. In the previous minor breaches, Ford was not reprimanded.
  • Controversy erupted when several councillors reportedly heard Ford call Mammoliti “Gino boy” in the debate over the 2002 budget
  • In March 2003, in a debate over the budget of the Toronto Zoo, Ford called Mammoliti, who chairs the zoo board, a “snake” and a “weasel” in council
  • In 2006, allegations arose of his conduct at a Toronto Maple Leafs game. Two audience members alleged Ford instigated a shouting match.[28] Security at the Air Canada Centre later ejected Ford from the venue. Initially, Ford denied involvement, claiming mistaken identity. The following day, Ford confirmed the allegations and announced his apology to the couple.[29] He cited “personal problems” as a reason for his behaviour.
  • Further controversy erupted in a Toronto City Council session when Ford argued against the city spending $1.5 million on AIDS prevention programs. Ford stated that “(AIDS) is very preventable,” and that “if you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably, that’s bottom line.”[30] With respect to the increasing rates of women contracting the disease, Ford said; “How are women getting it? Maybe they are sleeping with bisexual men.”[30]
  • Again sparking controversy in March 2008, during a debate at City Hall, Ford said, “Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out … that’s why they’re successful in life. … I’m telling you, Oriental people, they’re slowly taking over, because there’s no excuses for them. They’re hard, hard workers.” He drew criticism for those remarks from Mayor David Miller, budget chief Shelley Carroll and other councillors.[31][32]
  • In 1999, Ford was arrested in Miami for driving under the influence (DUI) and marijuana possession charges.
  • Ford garnered controversy again in August 2010 after endorsing Pastor Wendell Brereton, who is running for city councillor in Ward 6. Pastor Brereton has suggested online that same-sex marriage could “dismantle” a “healthy democratic civilization.” Ford has said in regards to Pastor Brereton that “We’re together. We have the same thoughts.” Ford also has noted that he supports traditional marriage, preferring that model to same-sex marriage. “I always have,” he stated. “But if people want to, to each their own. I’m not worried about what people do in their private life. I look out for taxpayers’ money.”[38][39]

Congratulations Toronto!  You’ve made your bed, now sleep in it … for the next four years.

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