Good news, guys! It's Tuesday, which means that awfulness that was Monday is behind us. Blech, good riddance! Today: The City is examining ways to fund The Big Move; the zoo is up for sale or rent; the plastic bag ban is back on the table; and Our Lady Peace launches a new project.
Well, well, well. It seems that we can’t have it both ways when it comes to cutting taxes and gaining new services. In order to meet the revenue requirements to fund The Big Move, Metrolinx’s $50-billion plan for transit expansion throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, new dedicated taxes and fees may have to be introduced. The City Manager has recommended public consultations on a variety of revenue tools including the infamous vehicle registration tax that Mayor Rob Ford swiftly scrapped once elected, as well as the land transfer tax, another item on the mayor’s hit-list. Eight other revenue options were discussed in the report, including a one per cent personal income tax increase.
The Toronto Zoo is up for sale. Or lease. Or, you can just run the damn thing. Really, whoever wants it can just take it. The City has issued a request for expressions of interest, and indicated that they are looking for “innovative, creative, and sustainable” options from those interested in buying, leasing, or operating the attraction. Proposals are due back at the end of November and will be reviewed by City staff, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Parks Canada. Maybe they should just go straight to the expert… Matt Damon, any suggestions?
It’s back to the chambers for city council, and the plastic bag debate may be back on the agenda as early as today. City solicitor Anna Kinastowski is expected to advise council about possible legal action against Toronto that could result from the plastic ban. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association has stated that the ban violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has already announced plans to pursue legal action if the ban is implemented. If you can’t get enough bag-ban news, or need some bag-related fodder for your next dinner party, please check out this article we ran last month.
Turns out it’s not just our neighbourhoods being gentrified, it seems our rock stars are, too. Okay, fine, we know that’s not actually possible, but Our Lady Peace opening a “fitness boutique” in the trendy King West area is as close as it gets. The gym, which is equipped with spinning bikes, fitness classes, organic shampoo, and vegan juice-cleanse bottles, opened last month.