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EAST YORK ADVOCATE #027: 2017 budget debunks claims of tax savings from amalgamation

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

At the beginning of 2017, after deciding to aim for increasing our property taxes 2% to keep pace with inflation, our Toronto City Council was faced with a $91 million deficit between its proposed spending and its expected revenue. Now as you may know, a municipality, unlike the federal and provincial governments, is legally required to balance its operating budget each and every year. Toronto can borrow money for capital projects by issuing bonds or debentures, but it is legally forbidden to pay for its annual operating expenditures in this fashion. Historically municipalities paid only for “hard” services such as garbage collection, roads, sidewalks, sewers, fire, police protection etc. from property taxes, while the senior levels of government paid for income redistributing “soft” services from graduated income taxes geared to income. Today Toronto is required legally to pay for...

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New logo for MGH’s 88th bday —but old name still much in use

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

People don’t move so quickly when they’re 88 years-old —and apparently neither does a hospital.

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EY speaking out about proposed City budget cuts

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

\ By Gary Webb-Proctor \ East York residents and political reps are poised to make a significant impact on the City of Toronto’s budget deliberations process this year —and one has already got city Mayor John Tory backpedalling on proposed cuts that rankle many in the borough. Olympic record-setter and historic 2016 gold medals winner Penny Oleksiak, a student at Monarch Park Collegiate in the area, tweeted her opposition to a proposed budget cut that would see the closing of the pool at S.H. Armstrong Community Centre on Woodfield Rd., along with two others. “It’s important to teach kids how to swim.. It saves lives and is a good physical activity,” Ms. Oleksiak wrote. Mr. Tory responded the next day with a tweet saying he’d asked the city’s Budget Chief, Gary Crawford, to try to find a way to...

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EY ADVOCATE 026: East York will never die!

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017

In the early days of World War II when Hitler’s armies were over-running his country, the French Prime Minister declared: “France will never die”. The time has come for all of us to stand up and say the same thing about our community: “East York will never die.” On the eve of the 1998 amalgamation Ontario provincial cabinet members Al Leach and Tony Clement told East Yorkers they intended to wipe out East York. Ever since amalgamation, deliberately or otherwise, the City of Toronto has been doing its utmost to stamp out all traces of our community identity. We are not allowed to fly the East York flag at our East York Civic Centre. Then recently the East York Town Centre sign at Millwood and Overlea was replaced by a sign reading “Thorncliffe Park.” Next, the East York logo...

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Residents have until December 19 to have input into OMB reform

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016

Long the bane of community groups, politicians and developers alike, the Ontario Municipal Board is finally due to get a makeover, according to Liberal MPP for Beaches-East York, Arthur Potts. Mr. Potts is sponsoring a 6:30 p.m. “town hall” meeting at Community Centre 55 on Monday December 12 (97 Main St.) at which the public is invited to make submissions to the review process. Those who can’t attend can submit comments online or by mail, but must do so by Dec. 19, Potts noted in a press release. People can call his office at 416-690-1020 to get help making submissions. The board is a tribunal that rules in disputes concerning land use matters and has the power to overrule local municipal councils. The government is considering changes to make OMB decisions “clearer and more predictable,” give more weight to...

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East York logo —it’s here …… and gone!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016

East York logo —it’s here …… and gone!

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