Outrageous Garbage Tax

Please take a moment and let me know if you are or are not in favor of the proposed increase.


Would you support the removal of our existing garbage bin subsidy plus a 3% increase in your garbage bin fee?

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NO - I am not not in favor of this proposed increase

YES - I am in favor of this proposed increase



Throughout the 2015 Operating and Capital City Budget debate, I spoke loud and clear and led the fight by opposing and voting against this regressive garbage tax.

As you may have heard through recent media reports, City staff are not only requesting a 3% tax increase on garbage containers, but what is most concerning, is the removal of the containers rebate subsidy.

Back in 2007, when the new garbage and recycling bins were rolled out, taxpayers were promised a rebate to keep cost neutral for homeowners and revenue neutral for the City.

Property taxes are meant to cover costs for essential City services, such as police, fire fighting, public works, water supply and sewer services. This proposed garbage tax increase is not only regressive by punishing low and middle-income families, but it’s targeting residential property owners that are doing an excellent job in exceeding the City’s waste diversion rates.

This means that taxpayers, who already pay in full for garbage collection through their property taxes, will now be paying for garbage collection again through the implementation of a separate waste management revenue stream, at a time when the cost of this service is significantly lower than previous years.

To add insult to injury, this “ridiculous fee” has been presented as a way to encourage recycling and to help the City meet its goal of a 70% waste diversion rate. The fact is that home owners who are subject to this rate increase have already met this target rate. It is unfair to penalize homeowners to subsidize apartment buildings and condos which are failing to meet the City’s waste diversion targets.


As you know, I only have one vote at Toronto City Council, however, I will do everything in my power to fight this outrageous tax grab but I need your help.

Please write, e-mail, or call my office. Sign the petition opposing this garbage tax on my website. Get in touch with the Mayor’s Office (416-397-2489, mayor_tory@toronto.ca) and the Budget Chief (buc@toronto.ca), to make deputations before the Budget Committee at City Hall - collectively we can make our voices heard!


City of Toronto to Remove Abandoned Bikes From Streets, Sidewalks

News Release

November 13, 2015

City of Toronto to remove abandoned bikes from streets, sidewalks

The City of Toronto will be removing abandoned bicycles from city streets during the week of November 16 to 20 in advance of the winter season.

Residents can assist with this cleanup by calling 311 to report any bike that appears abandoned in the public right-of-way. To help the City identify the abandoned bikes correctly, callers are asked to identify the bike with as much information as possible, including the colour of the bike frame, the type of bike and the location.

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City of Toronto Remembrance Day Services

Media Advisory

November 6, 2015

City of Toronto Remembrance Day services

The City of Toronto is hosting several Remembrance Day services across the city on November 8 and 11. Mayor John Tory will deliver greetings and remarks as part of the ceremony at Old City Hall. The Remembrance Day services acknowledge and honour Canadian veterans for their courage and sacrifice while serving their country during times of war, military conflict and peace.

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City Reminds All Road Users to Be Safe During Fall Season

The safety of all road users is a priority for the City of Toronto.

That's why the City is reminding pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to take extra care, especially as we enter the fall season when daylight hours are reduced. Statistics show that during autumn, there is an increase in collisions involving pedestrians.

The City has produced lawn signs that encourage all motorists to drive safely as they travel in our neighbourhoods. To get a lawn sign, call our office at (insert phone number or e-mail address here).

It's critical to be aware of your surroundings at all times when you are travelling. All road users need to remember that safety is everyone's responsibility.

Dick Watts Remembered

Dick Watts Remembered


Condolence Motion

Moved by: Councillor Cesar Palacio

Seconded by: Mayor John Tory

The Mayor and Members of Toronto City Council are saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Watts at the age of 93 on October 12, 2015.

WattsRecognition_2012-11-28-11-43-49_13As the local City Councillor, I was fortunate to work alongside Dick Watts over the years. In many ways he was my inspiration and strength, along with the hundreds of residents of Regal Heights in Ward 17.

Dick Watts was an inspiration to the residents of Regal Heights for more than three decades. His vision and tireless work have made the neighbourhood the vibrant community that is today.

Everywhere you look you can see his influence: in the friendship and cooperation between residents; in the flowers and shrubs where once there were desolate patches of weeds; in the planter barrels spilling over with seasonal flowers and greenery.

Over the years, he planted trees, removed graffiti, organized community carolling and organized Canada Day processions, annual community clean-up days and art installations. Furthermore, Dick promoted the history and heritage of the area by commemorating Garrison Creek with sidewalk makers, supporting the restoration of the portico at Regal Heights Public School, and hosting annual heritage walking tours.

His constant initiatives on behalf of the local community are extensive, but Dick never called attention to himself.

It is unusual these days to see someone so committed to making a community all that it can be. Dick Watts had become the soul of Regal Heights that made life better for all of those who had the privilege of knowing him.Obit

The City Clerk is requested to convey, on behalf of the Members of Toronto City Council, our sincere sympathy to Dick Watts’ family.

November 3, 2015

Toronto Taxi Fares to be Reduced Beginning November 1

News Release

October 30, 2015

Toronto Taxi Fares to be Reduced Beginning November 1

Beginning November 1, the base fare to enter a taxicab will be $3.25. This $1 decrease was approved by Toronto City Council at its September meeting.

Although some meters may not reflect the reduction right away, taxicabs must charge this reduced rate to passengers starting November 1.

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Union Street Renamed to Benny Stark Street


Story_MainFamily of the Late Benny Stark and general public attended the ceremonial unveiling of Benny Stark Street Tuesday, October 27, 2015.  The ceremony was held at the north east corner of Turnberry Avenue and Union Street.

The late Mr. Benny Stark was a holocaust survivor that emigrated to Canada back in 1953. He worked on multiple jobs to survive and provide for his family.

In 1959, Mr. Stark opened his own scrap yard on Maria Street in the Dundas/Runnymede area. The business ultimately became a substantial operation and subsequently relocated the establishment to Union Street. After many years and with his son Stephen joining the business, the Starks acquired neighbouring properties and ended up owning both sides of Union Street between Turnberry Avenue and the end of the Union street. Collectively, they made Stark Iron and Metal and Stark Auto Sales, one of the most successful and recognized businesses in the City.

Over the years, Benny Stark remained a good corporate neighbour in the community overall, and fought valiantly for the retention of employment lands within the local neighbourhood. Benny’s vision, coupled with his vast knowledge and experience, helped transform a scrap metal yard into an innovative business within the car industry. The industrial community within the neighbourhood is in support of the recommendation to rename Union Street, between Turnberry Avenue and the end of the street to "Benny Stark Street".

Stephen Stark, son of the late Benny Stark says, “This sign will provide a lasting legacy and help to remember my father’s commitment to his beloved community”.

“Considering Mr. Stark’s contribution to the local Davenport neighbourhood and business communities, I strongly believe it is the most appropriate time that he be recognized by designating the section of Union Street “Benny Stark Street”.  Councillor Cesar Palacio.

Union Street Renamed To Benny Stark Street

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City of Toronto Sees A Spike In Raccoons With Canine Distemper

News Release

October 28, 2015

City of Toronto Sees A Spike In Raccoons With Canine Distemper

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) is a virus present in the raccoon population, but at low levels. Distemper cases in raccoons tend to spike in the fall.

Raccoons with distemper may approach people, or curl up to sleep in open areas in close proximity to people. They generally act disoriented or lethargic, but can become aggressive if cornered, and may have seizures.

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Complete Streets Photo Contest

Fairbank Village BIA


Complete Streets Photo Contest

Complete streets are designed to consider all users and uses. Submit your photos to answer, "What makes a street feel more complete?" Winning photos will be displayed at City Hall, in Spacing Magazine, and used to inspire future street designs.

Prizes include: Your own vanity City of Toronto street sign; Gift certificates for Spacing Store; and Subscriptions to Spacing magazine.

Enter now at www.toronto.ca/completestreets

Submission deadline is October 31, 2015