Toronto Sign May Have Trouble Staying On, Bombardier Outsources Jobs, and Renters Win Over Condo Developers
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Toronto Sign May Have Trouble Staying On, Bombardier Outsources Jobs, and Renters Win Over Condo Developers

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  • The lovable TORONTO sign in front of City Hall may have trouble keeping the lights on. The sign was never meant to be permanent fixture, but was kept on because of popular demand. Maintenance for the sign will cost money, however, and building a mobile sign to drive around the city will cost even more. Council has yet to figure how to keep the sign illuminated, but councillors did make some suggestions. One councillor put forth an unsuccessful bid to “privatize” the sign, and Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) said he could could keep the sign in working order himself. Needless to say, the famous sign may be in some trouble.
  • When Bombardier isn’t taking way too long to deliver streetcars, they’re sending Toronto jobs to China and Mexico. Unionized workers at Bombardier’s Downsview agreed to move some of the production work for one of the aviation companies planes overseas in order to be more competitive in the market. Maybe it’s a needed change to keep Bombardier afloat. But it’s more likely a vicious corporate cost-cutting measure.
  • In a world where condo developers seem to be all-powerful kingpins, a group of renters are finally victorious. It all started when developers wanted to to build two high-rise condos next to two existing buildings, and add several floors to the existing buildings. While that would be unfortunate for anybody, just to be extra evil, the developers said some new amenities would only be available for new tenants. An Ontario Municipal Board decision sided with the tenants. Those who stay will get discounted rent, choose unit renovations, or apply for the new condo at a lesser price. Anyone who wants to move will get a $1,500 moving allowance. The condo developers presumably wept and dried their tears with $1,000 bills.

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