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Toronto’s Tenant Tax – Keeping Toronto’s rents high!

Ward 29 - Toronto Tenants

Toronto’s “tenant tax”

Toronto  Tenants  Pay High Rents  Because  of Discriminatory Tax on Tenants

“It is assumed that because rental housing is a business, that higher rates of taxation can be charged, even though those levies are passed on dollar-for-dollar to the tenants under landlord and tenant laws, and even though the majority of tenants are renters because they have lower incomes and can not afford to be homeowners. Of course, since the tax levies are ultimately paid by tenants as part of our rents, most tenants unaware of the real source of any increased taxes, nor that over 20% of our rents are in fact due to municipal property taxes.”

http://www.ontariotenants.ca/taxes/toronto-property-taxes.phtml

You can see  the difference in the tax rates  here.

I  am amazed that  that few people  seem interested  in this  issue.  If you are a Toronto  tenant or  landlord you need to make your voice  heard…

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Battered but unbroken, Bussin has no regrets

December 31, 2010

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/914288–battered-but-unbroken-bussin-has-no-regrets

Robyn Doolittle

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Former Ward 30 councillor Sandra Bussin talks about the election and her future plans

Sandra Bussin says she knew she was toast long before voters made it official on Oct. 25.

Throughout the city, entrenched left-wing incumbents who had been power players under David Miller appeared beatable for the first time in years.

Perhaps none was more vulnerable than Bussin, the sharp-tongued council speaker and former deputy mayor. Continue reading

`Tiny perfect mayor’ looks at next mayoral race

October 29, 2009

Bob Hepburn

http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/717680

As David Crombie carries his tray around the crowded cafeteria-style restaurant in downtown Toronto, he smiles and waves to several customers who recognize him.

Some 31 years after he left city hall, Crombie is remembered fondly by these noon-hour patrons as the “tiny perfect mayor,” arguably the best in Toronto’s history. Continue reading

Sales tax increase takes effect May 1

Book that holiday now as HST bite begins

April 29, 2010

Robert Benzie

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}With the transition toward the harmonized sales tax starting Saturday, Ontarians should brace for levies on numerous goods and services to rise to 13 per cent, including flights within Canada.

AARON HARRIS/THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

Book soon and “beat the tax.”

That’s the advice of Revenue Minister John Wilkinson to anyone making recreational plans for the summer. Continue reading

Ignatieff bemoans ‘break’ between citizens, political class

Friday, March 26, 2010

David Akin,  Canwest News Service

http://a123.g.akamai.net/f/123/12465/1d/www.nationalpost.com/0326iggybored2.jpg Todd Korol/Reuters

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2730283

MONTREAL — With three former prime ministers and his predecessor looking on, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff opened a weekend “thinkers” conference here with an exhortation to fix what he called “the break” between the country’s political class and its citizens. Continue reading

Vote John Richardson – Independent Candidate – Toronto Danforth – Ward 29

Toronto is your city! Get out and vote!

Canada is one of the world’s great democracies. Democracy is something that you do! Democracy is not something you watch! To put it another way:

Democracy is NOT a spectator sport!

You must get out and vote!

The voter turnout in the 2006 elections was not just low – but abysmally low. In Toronto Ward 29 approximately 12,000 people voted. That’s 12,000 out of a possible 33,705. That’s a very low percentage turnout – marginally more than 33%. Toronto’s City Councillors are the representatives of only those who took the time to vote.  The winner in our Ward – Ward 29 – received less than half of those 12,000 votes. Therefore he was the choice  of at most 17% of eligible voters.

The residents of Toronto have come to expect and been forced to tolerate:

–         garbage strikes – see how Toronto’s  Councillor’s voted

–         a substandard TTC that  creates conflicts with its riders

–         A city council  which  allowed councillors  a pay raise in the midst of a recession

–         A city council that may favor the interests of  special groups  over taxpayers

–        A city council that will finance a city councillor to launch a lawsuit against a taxpayer

–        A city council that spends your money without lawful authority

–         A dysfunctional property tax system

–         A property tax system that discriminates again tenants who live in buildings with more than seven apartments

and more.

That’s what you get if you don’t get out and vote.

My name is John Richardson.  I have been your neighbour in Ward 29 since 1984.  I would like to serve you as your city councillor in Ward 29.   I look forward to meeting as many of you as can from now until October 25, 2010.