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Torontoist Explains: City Council Revenue Tools

Council's perennial budget woes could be solved with the right mix of revenue tools. Here's what those options are.

Photo by edk7 from the Torontoist Flickr pool

Photo by edk7 from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

I won’t call them revenue tools. I think that’s a misnomer. We have to have more taxes or fees to offset the cost of government.
John Campbell (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre)

John Campbell is right. A “revenue tool” is just any way the City can bring in more money. Using “revenue tool” may circumvent that knee-jerk response people get when you say “taxes”. The difference is that John Campbell thinks taxes and fees are inherently a bad thing, and others don’t. Welcome to the plight of the Toronto Revenue Tools Debate.

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Flushing Toronto’s Traffic Congestion With Gusto

Movie mayor Bert Xanadu on ending traffic wars—the 1973 way.

It’s been said that the word “traffic” is derived from an Ancient Greek prefix meaning “unlanceable boil.”

As God is my witness, I will lance Toronto’s boil.

Man may have stopped going to the moon, but that shouldn’t mean that other forms of transportation, such as the automobile, should return to their pre-Edwardian speeds. As your Mayor, I would sooner take my inspiration from Steve McQueen than from NASA.

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