user fees

In the wake of the budget defeat, Rob Ford compares his opponents to dogs In the wake of the budget defeat, Rob Ford compares his opponents to dogs

After a large portion of his proposed budget was dismantled, Rob Ford, ever gracious, did what any classy politician would do: he compared his opposition to dogs. Of his fellow, apparently money-hungry councillors, Ford offered this: “They see money in front of them, it is like putting food in front of a dog, they can’t… Read more »

National Post: stop comparing Rob Ford to Hitler, start charging for stuff National Post: stop comparing Rob Ford to Hitler, start charging for stuff

The Post’s Chris Selley would really appreciate it if everyone lay off the comparisons between Mayor Rob Ford and Adolf Hitler. Selley argues some of the larger numbers involved in the budget conversation—like the city surplus or the revenue streams that have been dammed up—are far more important than those pesky proposed $2 user fees…. Read more »

Kristyn Wong-Tam suggests Toronto start its own bank; comparisons to Bible Bill ... Kristyn Wong-Tam suggests Toronto start its own bank; comparisons to Bible Bill Aberhart ensue

Mayor Rob Ford is fond of saying that when it comes to balancing the budget, his opponents believe massive tax increases are the only alternative to service cuts. Kristyn Wong-Tam appears determined to prove him wrong. The outspoken councillor has teamed up with journalist Stephen James Kerr to pen a lengthy essay for the National… Read more »

Farmers’ markets brace for a potential fee hike that could put them out of bus... Farmers’ markets brace for a potential fee hike that could put them out of business

Fears are spreading throughout the Toronto Farmers’ Market Network that participants at city markets might soon be on the receiving end of a large user fee increase from the city. Anne Freeman of the Dufferin Grove market and Carolyn Wong of Trinity Bellwoods are just two of the market organizers who have been circulating a… Read more »

City manager warns of huge impending hikes to user fees City manager warns of huge impending hikes to user fees

Whether Toronto should be subsidizing its recreation services at a higher level than other GTA cities is a political question. Whether it can afford to is a financial question. And whether it will continue to do so is a reporter’s question. The answer, according to the Toronto Star? Apparently, not so much.