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EY ADVOCATE 029: It’s 20 years since The Borough of East York was killed by Province

Posted by on May 4, 2017

The slippery road to total amalgamation began when the provincial government initiated direct election of Metro councillors.

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East Yorkers showing they do care about climate change

Posted by on May 3, 2017

– By Melanie Milanich – East Yorkers were among the many thousands of people —scientists, researchers, teachers, doctors, parents and citizens— rallying and thronging the streets of downtown Toronto for the March for Science April 22 and the March for Climate Change April 29. Science tells us that climate change is real, serious, caused primarily by burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, is happening now and faster than predicted.  We know from the daily news that it needs to be urgently addressed to keep the planet habitable in future decades. East York residents have shown their commitment with solar panels, electric and hybrid cars, cycling lanes, recycling, the tool library, tree plantings, green roofs and insulating homes.  Because of these and other measures, as well as a big help from the province’s elimination of coal fired electric plants, Toronto...

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Rental laws reforms a hot topic on EY political agenda

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

The rules are changing for some landlords in Toronto after City Council approved reforms of bylaws governing multiple-dwelling apartments at its March meeting. And if Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns of the NDP has his way, they will change even more drastically for owners of units built in the past 28 years. Mr. Tabuns on March 20 introduced a private member’s bill to the provincial legislature that would remove a current exemption from Residential Tenancies Act rent control guidelines for several categories of units, most notably buildings constructed since 1991. At a prior press conference Tabuns said the bill is putting many people in a very difficult position because there are effectively no controls in place over rent increases in so many buildings. Skyrocketing real estate prices in Toronto and the GTA are having a ripple impact on rental rates...

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EY residents and groups take a stand against racism and religious intolerance

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

The new East Enders Against Racism group has announced that it is now selling multi-ligual lawn signs promoting inclusivity and tolerance that people can buy to make a statement.

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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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City passes 2017 budget but not everyone happy with its balance

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017

After what became a torturously long 15-hour meeting on Feb. 15, Toronto City Council approved its 2017 budget. With just a 2% hike in property taxes —said to match the rate of inflation— the budget was described by Mayor John Tory as “affordable” and “reasonable” and he also noted it includes increased spending on services such as the TTC, adds new shelter beds and invests additional money in repairing Toronto Community Housing units. But Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis said at one point that she was “embarrassed” to be part of a council that approved it, noting it leaves “the needs of many of the city’s most vulnerable unmet.” At one point, while questioning the mayor on the topic of cutting ten staff positions from the shelter system (even as new beds are being added) Ms. Davis asked him...

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