Let’s face facts. Most of the City’s budget is allocated to legislatively required services, many of which were downloaded by the province. The budget we control at our sole discretion is roughly $1.5 billion. Our projected funding shortfall is over $0.4 billion. The shortfall grows with inflation, property taxes do not. Our choices will be deep cuts to the kinds of services you and I believe make Toronto liveable, or property tax increases in the 20% range.
I have no desire to reduce the levels of public services in Toronto. If fact, there are some areas: recreation, transit and public health where I believe we must expand services. We have a shortfall that I believe is short term. I want to be certain that we manage the short term problem so that it doesn’t become a long term problem.
City Council will debate the new taxes on Monday October 22nd. Please join the Mayor, myself and other Torontonians in a show of support for our City’s future. We will gather at 8:30 am in Nathan Phillips Square before proceeding to Council to hear this important debate.
“I have never been more worried about the state of my city and its future. I don’t see closing libraries and community centres as a solution to the current budget crisis. I believe there has to be away of mobilizing the citizenry rather than alienating them. What’s at stake is huge. To protect my city, I support the land transfer tax as an immediate solution to Toronto’s financial crisis. (I have argued in its favour with a Toronto Sun columnist!)”Catherine Bush, Ward 14 Resident
“We need to use the tools we have. The voices on council who scream taxation from one side of their mouth and from the other side of their mouth about not cutting services are the same voices who have hobbled Toronto’s development since the beginning of its history.” Jowi TaylorRoncesvalles Resident
As you are aware, the Martin Goodman Trail is a multi use trail (pedestrian, cyclists, rollerblades, scooters, etc) as well as vehicular traffic (patrons for the Boulevard Club, Palais Royale, deliveries, etc), that runs along the waterfront, fronting the Palais Royale, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Boulevard Club. An on site visit was conducted to discuss the on going issue of the intersection of this multi used trail. At this site visit, many things were noted. Vehicular traffic accessing the Boulevard Club from the east bound Lakeshore Blvd, would “gun” it when a opening appeared in the westbound lanes of the Lakeshore Blvd to make the crossing safely. Often, the drivers would not pay attention to the users of the trail and this has caused some very near misses. The cyclists traveling westbound on the MGT, in excess of the posted speed limit of 20km per hour, would not pay attention to the fact that a driveway was present and again, near misses would transpire. Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure as well as Parks, Forestry and Recreation as well as the Manager of the Boulevard Club attended the meeting. It was decided that the current markings for both the users of the trail and vehicular traffic were very confusing. The pavement markings are one step in the process. A stop sign has been adjusted at the Boulevard Club, and soon traffic signs will be installed on the Lake Shore alerting vehicular traffic to the users along the Martin Goodman Trail. Cross hatching, like what is painted in the intersection of Bay and King, have been painted in the cross over of the Boulevard Club entrance and the Martin Goodman Trail in an effort to alert vehicular traffic not to block this section. Also, bollards have been replaced to the east and west of the Boulevard Club entrance, and additional bollards have been off set for added safety. Again the focus of present and future measures will be safety. This situation will be monitored and any future improvements will take into consideration all users of the trail. The most important factor to keep in mind when looking at possible solutions is safety. Pavement markings will also be painted on the MGT in front of the Palais Royale to alert the users of the trail of potential multi-use traffic. The Palais Royale currently uses temporary stanchions when they hold events to have their patrons exit the facility in a safe manor without impeding on the users of the trail. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Meri Newton in my office. You can reach her at 416-338-5178 or via email at email@example.com.
The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is hosting its 20th Annual TV Auction on Saturday, November 24, 2007 on Rogers Community 10 from 10 am-Midnight.
The club has raised over $150,000 from previous auctions for community projects such as the Redwood Shelter for Victims of Family Violence (a priority project of our club since its inception), The Parkdale Breakfast Program and Pia Bouman Dance School (bursaries for talented students with limited means) to name a few.
To donate new products or services or more information about the TV Auction please contact Carmel Kidd, firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Bartle, 416-710-4383.
The Gay West Community Network is the first independently run Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community Centre in the City of Toronto with a street office in the west-end. They are looking for a few more talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our outreach, programs, queer festivals and opening a street office. Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the LGBTTIQ community including Queer Youth, Ethnic Minorities and People with Disabilities. For more information call or write Michael ParÃ© at email@example.com – 416-551-1709. (Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm).