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Support the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition: Stop Chow Now!


In case you missed it, I wanted to share with you a startling and shocking bit of news about the size and cost of municipal governments and their workforce. While we are paying more and more taxes, they are getting bigger and bigger and richer and richer. Doesn’t sound right now, does it?

A newly released study put out by Western University professor Timothy Cobban reveals that since 1995’s amalgamation, local government in Ontario has swollen by 39%!

Here are some more sobering facts made available by the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition;

  • In 1995 Ontario had 160,000 municipal employees, today there are 270,000 – an increase of 110,000.
  • Spending on municipal wages and salaries has increased almost fourfold – from less than $200 million in 1981 to $750 million today!
  • Ontario has only 38% of Canada’s population, yet 43% of the country’s municipal workforce.

Clearly, amalgamation, despite all the promises to the contrary has failed to deliver smaller, more efficient government.  Even the mere talk of closing or downsizing locally resulted in attack after attack on Rob Ford for being uneducated and hating libraries, for example.  It can’t be done if no one wants to admit there is duplication and waste, but then again it cannot continue to operate this way in the red…

So what went wrong?

Well for one thing, the merging of collective bargaining units meant compensation was harmonized upwards to the highest salaries and benefits for that position.

In fact, according to a Toronto Taxpayers Coalition analysis, the number of Toronto municipal employees earning $100,000 or more grew by an astounding 30% – from 5481 up to 7123 – in a single year.

Also, the layers of middle management in general administration positions were often duplicated

The bottom line from all this is obvious: local government is too big, too costly and too burdensome.

And brace yourself for some more bad news.

If Olivia Chow and her left wing NDP pals take control of the Toronto government in the next municipal election, things are guaranteed to get worse.

Much worse.

That’s why we need, more than ever, to stand up and promote the idea of smaller government and lower taxes.

We need a strong voice to offset the union bosses, the media and other assorted left wing groups who will be helping to push Chow’s big spending, high tax agenda while taking aim at the Fiscally Conservative candidates.

The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition will be that voice!

Indeed, they are already making a difference in Toronto politics, former Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday recently had this to say about them:

“The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is a great organization, one that we sorely needed here a long time ago. Increases in taxes and an increases in spending by the Toronto council has gone on for so long that it’s a shame a group like this wasn’t in place to try to maybe put a stop to it earlier on.”

But we will to step up it up a notch for the next election and do even more.  You can help make sure the Taxpayers’ Coalition has the resources it will need to be a force in the next municipal election.

How?

Lots of ways. You can host fundraisers for us; you can introduce our group to your friends and business associates; you can volunteer your time, and of course you can contribute to our special municipal election fund.

But whatever you do, you need to help soon. The election is only months away, and the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is already putting together a budget for a special “Stop Chow Now” campaign, to get out the message to voters, to expose and oppose the ruinous policies of Chow and the NDP.

That will be costly. Running an effective media campaign always is.

I’m hoping you will help, because I know you share my belief that Toronto can do better, and that we must do better. I also know that you’re willing to fight for what’s right!

So I’m asking you to donate $10, $25, $100, $500, or more to help “Stop Chow Now.”

Or better yet, sign up to make a monthly contribution automatically – it takes less than a minute to set up.

Whatever you donate, please make it the most generous contribution you can afford.

Together you and I, along with all the other Taxpayer Coalition supporters, can make a difference.

Thanks in advance for your support.

 

P.S. Thanks to forced dues and government funding, bug union bosses and special interest groups have lots of money to help Chow and the NDP. The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition relies on voluntary support. We rely on you and your generosity. Help us Stop Chow in 2014. Donate today.

Olivia Chow + Mayor + Toronto = Terrible Weather + High Taxes + Out of Control Spending


I don’t think there is any coincidence whatsoever that the day MP Olivia Chow announces that she wishes to resign her seat with the Federal Government of Canada, to run for Mayor of Toronto that the beautiful weather here in Toronto went from 11 degrees above 0 to 25 degrees below zero.mayor candidates

Understanding that current Mayor Rob Ford is a bit of a… Where to start… Sideshow, to immediately think that his political views are no longer needed in Toronto would be a huge misrepresentation of the truth.

Considering candidate John Tory (a Liberal by affiliation, and fiscal conservative) said that Ford is correct that there is a lot of wasted spending which needs to be reeled in, it would therefore make reasonable sense that a typical left-wing mandate of spend, tax and spend more, would bankrupt this city.

As much as I like Karen Stintz, she can help the right-wing causes (she’s right of centre fiscally and left of centre socially) by taking aim at Chow right away. We already know how she feels about Ford and she worked on Tory’s campaign in the past.

There is also an 18-year-old running whom I saw on TV, and it’s great that the youth want to be included in the process, but Mayor is not a realistic goal when she appears to think the solution to transit woes, and high taxes and over-priced real estate is to ask – no demand – that the Provincial government and Federal government give Toronto more money.

Umm, that money is tax money and while I’m happy you earned some babysitting, if the other governments are going to give more to Toronto that means either raising taxes, or cutting spending.

My hand is up for cutting spending. Wasteful spending only please.  Please no one mention libraries or books, or Margaret Atwood, or she’ll register to run too…

Someone should also tell her that in fact everyone does pay property taxes, whether owning or renting, as it’s included in rent too.

But with all that being said, the most important thing to take out of this post, is that with this election coming and all the fuss about the Fords, there are elected representatives sitting in Toronto City council who run by their own agenda and are not accountable to you, the voter.

I found, then lost, a pie chart showing the voting patterns of City Councillors since Ford was elected and there are about 5 of them who voted against the Mayor on each and every issue without fail.

If in 3-years these councillors could not find one issue to side with the Mayor on, then who are clearly not serving you, who elected them. Other councillors found common ground, but without fail some councillors just see something brought forward by the Mayor and vote against it without giving it any further thought.

Imagine if they were Mayor, and council was on the right of centre politically and every time they brought forward a motion it was voted against without fail…

They would be crying to every paper possible about council not wanting to work with them, and about a hidden agenda.

Talk to your councillor now. Ask them for their citing record and see if they truly represent your views for the city of Toronto, or if it’s time for them to find another job.

Oh, and day 2 with Chow in the race… Still looking bleak. On all fronts.

Thursday Thirteen, on Thursday the 13th. 13 Things I missed while on vacation with my family. Last year vs This year.


English: Honour guard for Jack Layton.

English: Honour guard for Jack Layton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since today is Thursday the 13th, I would be remiss if I didn’t have a post for today…  Oddly enough I had this post sitting in my draft folder since last summer and it perfectly ties in with thoughts for today’s post.Last year for our family vacation we drove to New York.  We took our time getting there and made sure to stop along the way to visit attractions in the State like Howes Caverns, as we headed to the apartment we rented in Brooklyn.  We had a very busy week running around the city and had very little time to catch up with local news online.

We totally lost touch with the news when we left on a cruise from Manhattan, down the coast to Barbados – where we met Hurricane Irene - and never regained touch as we raced back up the coast back into Manhattan before we finally settling in with cousins in New Jersey as the storm hit.

Cruise ships are not known for having free WiFi, in fact Internet is so expensive that we did without and we missed some pretty interesting news stories which we encountered upon our return back to Toronto.

This year for family vacation, we spent a week in Disney (melting in the heat and humidity) before heading out for a cruise – again hitting the Hurricane (Tropical Storm Isaac) - and then settling in Florida when the storm hit before racing up and across the state at 3am to catch a flight out and back to Toronto.

Again, on the cruise ship, no WiFi and very expensive Internet, so again we missed a lot of news.

So today’s Thursday 13 is a comparison of the events we missed while on the cruises – the first 9 happened last year and the last 4 happened this year…  What a difference a year makes, eh?

So with the kids settling in back in school and us adults getting some piece of mind back, sit back, relax, be happy it’s Thursday the 13th and not Friday the 13th, and let’s begin:

Here are 13 things that I missed while on vacation without Internet connection or any sources of news;

13. Jack Layton died – Newly elected leader of the opposition party of Canada, Jack Layton, died.  This was a huge shock especially to me as Layton made his name in Toronto City council, so I got to see and hear from him a lot.  He is best known for being quick-witted, a great speaker but unfortunately being the leader of the NDP has always meant 3rd best in Canada until Layton was able to use his catch phrases (#fail) and the utter incompetency of the Liberal party to pass them in the polls and into 2nd place and become the official opposition party in Canada.  The NDP also booted the separatists out of Quebec (for a bit) but upon his passing they named a former head of the largest union in Canada as his temporary successor.  The “orange wave” will certainly not be the same by the next election.  I also wondered if Jack knew he was sick in the last election and if he owed it to Canadians to tell us that instead of voting for a leader who knew he was not going to be the leader in the next 3-6 months.

12. News that Hurricane Irene was coming – Yeah, we totally didn’t see that coming… Oops.

11. Libya – The Libyan civil war, which began in February 2011, fought between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those seeking to oust his government took a historical turn when the rebel forces captured the capital city of Tripoli well on their way to the ousting and eventual death of Gaddafi.

10. I missed real unbiased news. Instead I got MSNBC, BBC, CNBC and Fox.  The political biases in the news and news reporting on these stations was extremely evident and all I wanted was a station that gave straight up news or at the very least held back on the blatant attacks on the other political party.

9. The Blue Jays trade of Aaron Hill and John MacDonald.  The Jays dumped a lot of salary in trading 2B Hill to the D’Backs for Kelly Johnson.  I was surprised but pleased to see Hill and Johnny Mac get a fresh start and having Johnson buys time for some kids developing in the minors.  This was significant because it told me that the new GM was going to make major changes and dumping salary was one great way to start.

8. My GCC updates -It was very hard to keep in the loop on the Global Corporate Challenge with no internet, especially as my team was challenging another office team for 1st place in our company and we were in the top 10 in Canada out of 606 Canadian teams.  I walked a TON on our vacation and wrote down the stats for entering when we had Internet. but I didn’t know if the 50,000, 60,000 and 70,000 steps I was walking were going to be enough or if I needed to stay up later and walk even more to help my team win.  We eventually did take 1st place for our company beating Canadian and American teams, and we finished 6th in Canada and somewhere around 200th in the world out of over 20,000 teams.

7. Clean clothes – You can only wash and re-wash clothes so many times before you get sick of them and want different clothes.  I hit that breaking point.

6. Earthquake!  We missed an earthquake that was centred in Virginia but the impact was felt right up into Toronto.  Cool.  The kids would have loved that.  Not that fleeing a Hurricane was not cool, but experiencing this natural disaster as an after shock would have been interesting.

5. Being Dry!  It rained so much the last 5 days of the trip I just wanted dry shoes, dry clothes and dry roads to drive home on.

2012 Vacation

4. Lance Armstrong – Lance Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins and handed a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.   He remained defiant and said he would not fight the charges and that he has done more for the sport than bad.  One major problem is that the next 6 racers after Armstrong have all been banned for doping infractions.  Yikes.

3. Hurricane Isaac was coming to meet us in Florida… Again, who knew.  For those of you thinking we’re idiots (or adventurous) for going to Hurricane centres during hurricane season you will be pleased to note that we have decided to stop travelling the last week of August down south.

2. Rogers Cable bought Headline Sports which is good and bad.  Good because Headline Sports is a great station and they carry all the WWE wrestling, but bad if Rogers who already have Sportsnet decides to pillage the station and boot out all the staff and send away the programming.

1. Not only does the NASA Land Rover land on Mars but it zaps a couple of rocks and takes some great pictures.  Incredible!   We missed the live feeds but saw it on the net upon our return.

What a difference a year makes, but it’s funny how not having Internet for just one week can mean missing so much.  What did we do 15 years ago?

If you want to be a MP, shouldn’t you at least know (to the nearest 5 million) how many Canadians there are in Canada?


Quick:  How many Canadians live in Canada?

Come on.

Give me your best guess… We’re a big country… 20 million?  25 million?  30 million?  If you said 33 million people according to the last census, you would be correct!

If you guessed “almost 9 million people”, well not only would you be WAY off base, but you would also be Scarborough NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan.  At a conference on “Human Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka” last Wednesday, Rathika, while speaking about her struggles as a young Tamil child in Sri Lanka, uttered the following comment about the number of Tamils in Canada, and the number of Canadians in Canada; 

English: Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP for Scar...

 “Tamils united, in Canada we’re about 300,000 strong, But Canadians united in Canada we’re a huge force to be reckoned with. We’re almost 9 million if I remember the number correctly. That’s 9 million Canadians strong. Standing together to fight for human rights.”

Screeeeeeech….

She was then interrupted by an audience member who pointed out the number was actually 33 million at which point she tried to hide her error by making the following comment;

“You know what I was thinking of.  I was thinking of the people that came out and voted in the past election.”

… Oh boy…

14.8 million people voted in the last election.

Granted after watching the YouTube video I could tell she was guessing at the numbers of Canadians when she paused trying to collect her thoughts and then referred to the vast number of Canadians before throwing out a number hoping to be close.  She wasn’t close.

More than 9 million Canadians live in Toronto and Montreal.

So while I appreciate that not every Canadian knows the number of Canadians - my guess was just under 30 million, this shows what happens when voter sentiment determines a change needs to be made and does so by electing a party to opposition status (thank goodness not to be the ruling government) who are not prepared to be in that position.  Dare I add that if this was a conservative, the left-wing media would be all over them and asking for them to apologize to Canadians.

But some good has come from this fiasco.  We all know there are 33 million Canadians living in Canada and it’s projected to be 34.7 million by the next census.  As well, some news outlets pointed out that because she’s such a pretty young lady, this non-issue will help her grow in her political career.  Hey!  Nothing surprises me in Canadian politics anymore.   

So since the Liberals were obliterated from power in that election that had only “9 million” voters, maybe they can start working on a training package for all rookie MP’s to help them with some of life’s greatest mysteries.  Population of Canada is today’s issue, the next issue might be the number of provinces in the country, or possibly Canada’s location in North America… or worse, the number of Canadian hockey teams.  (There are 7 now that Winnipeg is back in the league).

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg.

Here is a link to an article by Yahoo Canada with the YouTube video so you can see it for yourself.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/ndp-mp-rathika-sitsabaiesan-population-math-may-fine-213352701.html

Undecided? Not sure who to vote for in the Ontario Election? You MUST read this!


So the Ontario election is coming up on this Thursday, October 6th, and you, like many I have spoken to are undecided. Whatever should you do?

Let me give you some suggestions / recommendations / my opinion to see if I can help you make a decision.

1. Vote. Regardless of whom you decide to vote for, it’s your democratic right to vote and you should do just that for the billions of people who cannot vote, or who are in countries where they are not allowed to participate in the vote for fear of being punished.

2. Vote Liberal. Are you shocked? Me too. I cannot believe I wrote this. If broken promises, an unclear platform, secretive sex education to grade 1 students, a billion wasted on eHealth, cigarettes for votes and all that is to your liking, then put that “X” for good ‘ol Dalton. If, on the other hand you are holding back on voting for Timmy Hudak because he doesn’t look the part, or you don’t get that warm fuzzy feeling, I leave you with this advice… We know what damage Dalton has done. You don’t know what damage – or good – that the PC’s can do.  We’re still in a recession and conservatives are good to have in power during this time.  See Stephen Harper and Canada.

3. Have NDP Leader over for a BBQ. Of the 3 leaders a poll indicated that most Ontarians would like to have NDP Leader Andrea Horwath over for a BBQ and hang with her. I’m all for that. She seems nice and all, but be carefull what you wish for. I saw a great cartoon explaining socialism, which I will post if I can find it, but there was a poor guy in the street asking some guy for money and the guy responded “SURE!!!” and as he’s doing that he is reaching into the picket of the guy standing behind him – lifting his wallet and grabbing the money needed to give to the poor guy. Am I saying that socialists are thieves? Heck no. I’m saying the rob Peter to pay Paul routine gets tiring after a while. If the NDP we to – heaven forbid – take power of Ontario again – SEE BOB RAE – then all the “Peter’s” will leave the province. No Peter… No money for Paul.

4. I don’t smoke but I do like my cookies. Thank you Liberal MPP Mike Colle for the Dad’s Oatmeal cookie at the Eglinton West station this morning, with your campaign sticker on the back. You are not in my riding, I’m voting PC and you told me last month to vote Liberal so there are “not Conservatives at all three levels of government”. Ummm, good platform.

5. Where exactly was George Smitherman’s donor list? I suspect some of you are looking at this and are ready to dismiss this. It was an issue from the Toronto Mayoral election when now-Mayor Rob Ford disclosed his donor list and former Liberal health cabinet minister Smitherman refused to. Sure 4 months aft the election he had to, but I still do not recall seeing that. So why the concern? As Health Minister, Smitherman was in command of a billion dollars of your and my tax money which was wasted. Did he accept the blame? Nope. Did he blame others… Yup. And he ran away from Provincial politics all the way back to Toronto in hopes of being elected the mayor of Toronto. In doing so, he received donations from citizens like you (not me) and your neighbours, but he also took donations from some pretty suspicious characters. I recall Barbara Hall – former mayor of Toronto and now the Integrity Commissioner in her very non-partisan position was endorsing Smitherman. Something was not right with his campaign and I think he learned all his tricks from Dalton.

6. Thinking more Liberal and less Conservative are you? Here’s something you need to know about the NDP – Liberal unholy alliance. First of all, if the race is close, organized labour (unions) tend to remove support from the NDP and move to the Liberals. Secondly, the last time there was a minority government, the Libs and New Democrats worked together to push through all the Liberals legislation. Above board? NOT.

7. Speaking of organized labour… On Tuesday, October 4th, in Windsor Ontario, Liberal leader McGuinty got yet another boost from Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union boss Ken Lewenza. With polls still pointing to a close finish when voters head to the polls Thursday, the union chief took aim at Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s “defeatist attitude” in opposing government aid for economic development.
I’m sure he meant he didn’t like Hudak’s anti-union stance…

8. My friend, Mike Yen is running for the PC’s in Trinity-Spadina and he reported that a group on non-English speaking residents went to vote for him and asked the volunteers there to assist. They asked what number on the ballot Mike was – He was #8, but these volunteers told the group he was #4. #4 belongs to the NDP candidate in the riding. The volunteers… NDP sympathizers.
That, my friends, is dirty politics and a reason to avoid the NDP.

9. The Liberals vowed to fund IVF, not only because doing so is a kind thing to do, but mainly because doing so would save teh government a ton of money. It’s taken them 5 years to look into it. $30million to save $30million. Dollar for dollar. What is taking so long!!

10.  I almost forgot the HST!   What party increases taxes during a recession???  Right!  The Ontario Liberal Party.  And what did Finance Minister Dwight Duncan have to say about the HST?  He basically said that they brought it in because it should have be done years ago but only they had the balls to do it.  Yikes. The HST was not a good idea. It may never be a good idea. It should not have brought in during a recession, and in BC, where the HST also came in at the same time the HST did in Ontario, well that leader was forced to resign and it’s being removed in 2013.

So to recap:

NO Liberals.

NO NDP.

Yes to Voting

Yes to Premier Hudak.