Residential property taxes have skyrocketed this year, almost twice the rate of inflation. To lessen the blow, the city is considering a plan to set “pay-as-you-throw” fees for household waste pickup that would be integrated into your water bill. A standard-size garbage bin would cost $4 per month for weekly pickup, but the fee would increase with a special larger bin. There would be no penalty for additional recycling and compost pickup.
Liberal MPP Kim Craitor wants to sell Ontario-manufactured beer and wine in convenience stores, but Dalton McGuinty’s all like, “Are you kidding? Some convenience stores can’t even sell lottery tickets without screwing it up, why would we trust them with liquor?”
Jane Pitfield is $250,000 in the hole after losing last November’s mayoral election. That’s a one-two punch in the face. She’s holding a gala fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza hotel tomorrow night with special guest Gordon Lightfoot. Invite your friends!
Torontoist’s Tip of the Day: The only things worse than having poop thrown at you is throwing poop at someone and then having your name and career dragged through the dirt for years to come.
A puppy named Cola was stolen from outside College Park last Thursday, and two teenage girls are the suspected dog-nappers. In defense of the miscrea-ettes, the owner did leave the puppy tied to a bike post for 5 minutes while they bought groceries at Dominion. Tying your property to a bike post in this city is like asking to have it stolen.
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