MPAC Town Hall on November 20th/2012

Posted on November 2, 2012

MPAC Town Hall

On November 20th,2012, from 7:00-9:00 PM,  Parkdale High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo will be holding an MPAC Town Hall in the Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Secondary School Staff Room (1515 Bloor Street West, 3rd Floor).

 

This event is a great opportunity to about MPAC assessment and what to do if you are having issues with your property tax assessment.  As well, Councillor Doucette and myself will be on hand to discuss how Toronto’s Property tax system works.

 

For more information on the event please contact the Parkdale-High Park constituency office of Cheri DiNovo, 2849 Dundas Street West (@ Keele), Toronto, ON, M6P 1Y6, T: 416-763-5630, E: dinovoc-co@ndp.on.ca

City of Toronto property Assessment Notices in the mail

Posted on November 2, 2012

 

 

“City of Toronto property assessment notices in the mail

This week, property owners in Toronto will begin receiving their 2012 property assessment notices from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). These notices identify the current value assessment (CVA, or an estimate of the market value of the property) based on a valuation date of January 1, 2012. The notices also identify the CVA that will be used for taxation purposes in each of the 2013-2016 taxation years.

Residential property values have increased by approximately 22.8 per cent in the City of Toronto since 2008. Residential property owners will see an average assessment increase of 5.5 per cent in 2013. The average assessment value of a residential property is $550,000, up from $448,000 based on the previous valuation date at the end of 2012.

Assessment value increases will be phased in over the next four years with one-quarter of the assessment change being applied each year from 2013 to 2016. The full benefit of any property assessment decrease is applied immediately for the 2013 taxation year. Updated assessment values will be reflected on the 2013 final property tax bill.

An increase in a property’s assessed value does not mean that property taxes will be increased. Each year, when property values increase, the City is required by law to reduce its tax rates so that the amount of property taxes collected remains the same – the reassessment does not generate any additional revenue for the City.

This means that if a residential property has increased in value at the same rate as the average increase for all other residential properties within the municipality, there is no increase in property taxes arising from the reassessment. Properties that have appreciated at a rate that is higher than the average for the municipality will experience an increase in taxes, whereas a property which appreciates at a rate less than the average will experience a decrease in taxes (exclusive of any budget-related tax impacts).

Any tax impacts arising from re-assessment are completely separate and in addition to any budgetary increases or tax policy changes that Council may adopt for the 2013 tax year. In accordance with provincial legislation, tax impacts associated with the re-assessment are identified separately on the City’s tax bill.

Property owners can verify the property information that was used by MPAC to determine their property assessment at http://www.aboutmyproperty.ca.

If property owners believe their property information or their assessment is incorrect, they may file a Request for Reconsideration, and MPAC will review their assessment free of charge. The deadline to file an appeal is April 1, 2013.

More information is available at

http://www.toronto.ca/taxes/property_tax/assessment.htm.

Toronto lights up the holiday season with Cavalcade of Lights

Posted on November 2, 2012

 

 

 

 

Toronto lights up the holiday season with Cavalcade of Lights

The 46th annual Cavalcade of Lights will kick off the holiday season at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

Great Gulf joins the celebration as the new presenting sponsor of the event and of Toronto’s magnificent official Christmas tree. The public is invited to attend this magical event in November to enjoy the lights, fireworks and musical performances headlined by Dragonette.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with musical performances by pop/rock vocalist Suzie McNeil, R&B artist Sean Jones and rising star Alyssa Reid. The first lighting of the Cavalcade of Lights display will be followed by a breathtaking fireworks display at 8 p.m.

The celebration will continue from 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. with the “Sno Ball” sponsored by Timothy’s World Coffee. It will feature a concert by international recording artists Dragonette, a fiery pyrotechnic performance by Circus Orange and an open-air DJ dance party with DJ Mel Boogie under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights.

Throughout the celebration, the public will be able to visit the 100th Grey Cup Festival tent to have photographs taken with the Grey Cup.

High resolution images and background information about the event are available to media at http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/media.htm.

For complete event details, the public can call 311 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/cavalcade_lights/2012/post.htm.

 

 

 

The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society Presents: "Incidents in the Life of John Howard19th Century Toronto Visionary"

Posted on November 2, 2012

 

 

Roncesvalles Village Historical Society and Colborne Lodge, City of Toronto Cultural Services jointly present a panel discussion on John Howard, the first City of Toronto’s Surveyor and Engineer and an accomplished architect and artist. He is most famous for having deeded the original portion of High Park to the city in 1876. Featured speakers are Catherine Raven, a Historical Interpreter at Colborne Lodge and Dr Janice Kulyk Keefer, Professor Emerita, University of Guelph and the author of a forthcoming novel on John Howard. Both panellists will discuss Howard’s remarkable legacy after coming to Canada in 1832. Five years later he built Colborne Lodge on the 165 acre property that he and his wife Jemima named High Park. The evening will be moderated by Roncesvalles native Andrew J. Borkowski, author of the Toronto Book Awards shortlisted story collection Copernicus Avenue.

Place: Runnymede Library 2178 Bloor Street West
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm

Free

 

 

The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society Presents: “Incidents in the Life of John Howard19th Century Toronto Visionary”

Posted on November 2, 2012

 

 

Roncesvalles Village Historical Society and Colborne Lodge, City of Toronto Cultural Services jointly present a panel discussion on John Howard, the first City of Toronto’s Surveyor and Engineer and an accomplished architect and artist. He is most famous for having deeded the original portion of High Park to the city in 1876. Featured speakers are Catherine Raven, a Historical Interpreter at Colborne Lodge and Dr Janice Kulyk Keefer, Professor Emerita, University of Guelph and the author of a forthcoming novel on John Howard. Both panellists will discuss Howard’s remarkable legacy after coming to Canada in 1832. Five years later he built Colborne Lodge on the 165 acre property that he and his wife Jemima named High Park. The evening will be moderated by Roncesvalles native Andrew J. Borkowski, author of the Toronto Book Awards shortlisted story collection Copernicus Avenue.

Place: Runnymede Library 2178 Bloor Street West
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm

Free

 

 

Toronto Public Health – Diabetes Awareness Month and Flu Vaccine Safe and Effective

Posted on November 2, 2012

 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, learn more about diabetes and diabetes prevention at:  http://www.toronto.ca/health/diabetes/at_risk.htm

 

Toronto flu clinics still open – Flu vaccine safe and effective

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is reassuring the public that the influenza vaccine is safe and effective and is still the best defence against getting the flu. TPH flu clinics opened last week across the city, and will continue to operate as scheduled.

As a precautionary measure, Health Canada has temporarily suspended the use of influenza vaccine manufactured by Novartis (Agriflu and Fluad).

“Currently, Toronto Public Health is not using Norvartis influenza vaccines at any of our clinics,”said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Medical Officer of Health. “We want to reassure the public in Toronto and encourage them to still get their flu shot.”

Toronto Public Health monitors for adverse events following immunization. Those members of the public who have received their influenza vaccine can be reassured that, to date, no reports of serious or unexpected adverse events have been reported. If a member of the public does experience a reaction to an influenza shot, or any other vaccines, they should contact their family physician or TPH.

More information is available at

www.toronto.ca/health/cdc/factsheets/influenza_factsheet.htm

or call 416-338-7600.

 

Information is also available from Health Canada at

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2012/2012_162-eng.php

 

Last Day For The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden Survey

Posted on November 2, 2012

 

 

Just a quick reminder, “If you missed our Landscape Design Workshop on October 23, or want to add to your participation after the workshop, you can give your ideas and comments now through our online survey. ” To share your ideas for the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden or to learn more about the amazing group please visit:

 

http://www.dundasroncesvallespeacegarden.ca/online-survey-landscape-design/

 

 

 

 

 

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