I watched the Toronto Mayoral
debate forum, between Olivia Chow, David Soknacki and John Tory and I had an epiphany. If I ever decide to run for Toronto Mayor, I want to be just like Olivia Chow.
Are you shocked?
I’m a fiscal conservative who would prefer to find efficiencies, reduce costs, tax less, and find ways to help everyone who needs help but as we have seen here in Toronto over the past 4-years with Rob Ford as Mayor, if you dare even make mention of cutting anything, look out.
When the Mayor commented about fact that there are a lot of libraries close together – some used much more than others – and some rarely used, he was branded a Neanderthal who couldn’t read and this fiasco even resulted in author Margaret Atwood being brought into the fray with jokes that she would be a better mayor.
If you cut, you must hate. At least that is what the left will tell everyone. Public service too large? You hate unions. Want to find cheaper ways to clean TTC busses? You hate transit. Want to not pay for things on the backs of the property taxes? You’re rich and entitled.
Who wants all that crap!
I would want to be just like Olivia. She was great in the debate.
Want better transit? “Invest”.
Want to build lots of transit lines? “Invest” and “No more studies!”
Want to engage the youth? “Invest”.
Want to fight global warming? “Invest”.
Olivia has all the answers, and at times, she had a very coy smile because she knew no matter what she said, there are around 28% of the population of Toronto who are going to vote for this modern-day Santa Claus.
You want transit? You have to pay for it. All Olivia needs to do is add a 1%
how dare you be rich taxto the land transfer tax for every house over $2-million. That will get me enough money to pay for whatever she wants.
Want more social programs? Sure! Once she adds that 1% “levy” (read: tax) on those nasty, horrible rich people (insert booing here) who dared to work hard and earn lots of money, and viola, there is money for social programs.
The debate, er, forum, went along like this through each and every question. Screw balancing the budget. Go away, you terrible rich folks. Whatever you want, Santa Chow is going to get it for you. Someone will pay for it, but let’s not let the details get in the way. With that 1% she’ll have enough money to have studies needed to build more transit (her words last night and yes the same studies she criticized John Tory for wanting to undertake instead of just building now!)
It makes no sense.
She makes no sense.
But honestly, when nobody is listening to the message, it’s easy to be generous with your promises and critical of others who don’t want to have to raise taxes in order to fulfill unrealistic promises. Where is the money going to come from to fulfill ALL her promises if the “rich” do not sell their houses or if they all move outside of the GTA?
My favourite exchange from the forum went something like this (paraphrased of course);
Q1: How would you get Toronto moving?”
A1: “More transit. Invest in Transit. Pay for it NOW. Get started NOW.”
Q2: “Google is trying unmanned transit in San Francisco. Would Toronto?”
A2: “Absolutely!! We need transit moving on all the lines. We’ll invest in that technology.”
A3: “I’ll get those too! I got free dental for seniors. Subsidized metropasses for students and I love giving away stuff. I can always raise taxes on the rich. I’m progressive. Buy now, tax now. The other candidates want to pay for studies. I say forget the studies and invest in unicorns. Why wait 10-years. Get them here now!”
Toronto may not need unicorns, but if more than one-quarter of the city blindly support Olivia Chow’s platform, maybe after the 1% land transfer tax levy, they should all be next.
Who needs fiscal restraint when you’re spending other people’s money, anyways.
This modern-day Robin Hood has it all figured out. Steal from the rich to give to the poor.
Psst… Want more trees too?
I have a lot of stuff running through my mind and when I go to write them down so I do not forget, I forget them. So I’m going to try to empty those items in a Thursday 13 post, whereby I list 13 items on a topic, and the topic this week is 13 Things Happening Around Us We Cannot Lose Sight Of.
13. Uruguay has a player named Luis Suarez who is a pretty damn incredible soccer player. He beat England pretty much by himself which must have sucked since he plays in the English Premier League. Suarez, however, likes to bite his opponents. He has done this a couple of times before and was most recently suspended 10 games for it. He clearly has not learned, however, as he bit a player in Uruguay’s FIFA World Cup game.
Now what are they going to do with him?
Should he not have learned by now?
If FIFA were his parents, would biting him back be justified to teach him a lesson? How about making him write an apology, or punishing him for the lie he told when he denied that it happened.
12. Russia appears to be trying to re-assemble the USSR which is disturbing, but even more upsetting is the amount of anti-Semitism and gay-bashing going around. This country clearly wants to remain a super-power by controlling its citizens, however the trampling of basic human rights places them back in the 1960’s and that much be stopped. Shooting down planes is also not cool at all.
11. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford return to work on June 30th after 2 months in rehab. He immediately jumps to the top of the polls for re-election and I don’t know why. Granted, John Tory has 61% of the popular support, but it appears that Torontonians are poised to make another huge mistake.
10. In my day job, as a tax collections consultant, I have found the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is taking forever to process simple requests and have been quick to assess but slow to follow-up. Where is the accountability? #inTAXicating
9. Miami Heat star LeBron James has opted out of his contract either to become a free agent and join another team, or because he realized he cannot do everything and that Chris Bosh is pretty fragile and useless, like he was in Toronto. So with a new contract at a cheaper price, the Heat can buy more / better players. But with LBJ on his way back to Cleveland, and talks of Bosh wanting to go to front-runner and defending champion Houston Rockets, does it make the Bosh-o-saur seem like less of a player, who wants to go where he can get a free ride, not bang in the paint and play safely?
8. Toronto sports teams suck, and sports fans here are perplexed. The Raptors and Blue Jays were supposed to suck and be last place in their respective divisions this season, but the Raptors won their division and the Jays are just out of first place in the AL East with pretty terrible starting pitching. The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, and the Toronto FC, made changes and were expected to at the very least, make the playoffs but both bombed.
7. Starbucks Brezza coffee is fantastic!
6. I feel bad for business owners who do not do their homework… In my neighbourhood, for example, a new restaurant just opened selling food which I’m pretty sure no one will eat. Worse, it opened across from a religious centre where very few would have / have ever tried that food. (Shaking Head)
5. Did they find that missing plane yet? Sad.
4. 5-years yesterday since Michael Jackson died. I seem to hear more and more of him on the radio each and every day.
3. Girls and Woman in countries all over the world are being kidnapped and tortured for no reason whatsoever. This needs to be stopped, like yesterday. Until each and every person in the world, man, woman and trans-gendered are allowed to live free and safe from persecution, we have a long way to go.
2. Hate is taught. For a child to grow up in a free and democratic country and think it is okay to vandalize something with hate messages which probably would have gotten him jailed, tortured or killed in his country, means his parents and community are breeding hate and that cannot and should not ever be tolerated. Shame.
1. Education is the key, my friends, to pretty much everything. Education, exercise, never trying drugs, and using common sense will lead to a better human race and should be the corner-stone for a new way to bring up our children and judge others.
According to the Federal government, here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/PublicDisclosure/MemberExpenditures.aspx?Id=MER2013FY&Language=E
I’ll break out the stats. Have a look at others. This could be the Mayor to bankrupt Toronto:
Expenditures by Member
Member: Chow, Olivia
Member. Status. Constituency Name. Constituency Size. Number of Electors.
Chow, Olivia. Active. Trinity—Spadina. 26 km². 101,020
Member’s Budgets ($)
Resources Provided by the House ($)
1-Employees’ salaries and service contracts
241,328.49 – 241,328.49
2,191.93 46,090.29 39.50 10.00 – 48,282.22
3,109.33 2,494.24 4.00 – – 5,603.57
Member’s accommodation and per diem expenses
7,240.65 – 7,240.65
Member’s secondary residence expenses
12,000.00 – 12,000.00
3-Hospitality and events
3,870.58 – 3,870.58
3,296.96 – 3,296.96
– 28,835.50 28,835.50
– 19,898.77 19,898.77
Other printing-related expenses
7,536.58 – 7,536.58
Constituency office leases, insurance and utilities
41,962.70 – 41,962.70
Furniture, furnishing and equipment purchases
505.00 3,457.65 3,962.65
2,403.41 – 2,403.41
Informatics and telecommunication equipment purchases
2,092.37 1,726.10 3,818.47
7,330.26 6,998.71 14,328.97
Repairs and maintenance
498.14 – 498.14
Postage and courier services
4,704.87 – 4,704.87
Materials and supplies
4,622.22 3,708.66 8,330.88
348.04 – 348.04
Total Amount Spent: $458,251.45.
345,041.53 113,209.92 43.50 10.00 – $458,251.45
That is $458,251.45 in one year. One riding.
Take a deep breath and think again… Please.
Active – Member throughout fiscal year; DE – Deceased; NR – Not re-elected; NE – Newly elected; NSR – Not seeking re-election; RS – Resigned; NEB – Newly elected in by-election
An Urban Daddy exclusive peek into Canada Wonderland’s new show, DIMENSIONS – A Cirque Experience by Senior Event Correspondent Ryan Starkman.
Here I am reporting from Canada’s Wonderland on June 20th, 2014. A beautiful sunny day has us readying for a bit of a cool down and we are awaiting entrance into the Wonderland Theatre for a sneak preview of DIMENSIONS – A Cirque Experience.
Having just met Jill Aitchison (Digital Community & Events Specialist at Canada’s Wonderland), we were warmly greeted and entered the cozy 800 seat Wonderland theatre excited and ready to be entertained.
First come first serve seating gave us, the early birds, a chance to catch the worm so to speak. Sightlines from the middle two sections are good. As you move to the left or right flanks of the theatre, the angles are noticeable but still appropriate enough to view.
The theatre only runs 19 rows deep so you’re never really too far back and the first 3 rows have your eye level just below the stage. We decided to sit in the 4th row right off the centre aisle. About 20 minutes prior to showtime, a pair of theatrical veterans entertained the audience in Cirque-like fashion. For those that don’t know what this means, it just means you want to be seated by the time the pre-show begins.
Without introducing any spoilers as to the various acts, this is a fantastic 25 minute performance and the perfect way to break away from the bustle of the outside theme park. Having seen just about every show Wonderland has to offer the past 20+ something years, this ranks right up as one of the best.
The show keeps you entertained from start to finish with not a weak act in the bunch. Some comedic interludes help lighten this high energy performance. The skilled acrobats and performers are world class with the majority coming from Canada.
About 25% of the cast come from outside Canadian borders hailing from countries around the world including the United States and Cambodia.
The production company behind DIMENSIONS is Les Productions Haut-vol which stems from the collaborative efforts of Quebec natives Joel Norton and Hugues Aubrey. This masterful pair have an extensive background in performance and have brought to Canada’s Wonderland an amazing program.
Prior to the show beginning, I asked my 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter if they were excited to see the show. The nod of approval was given. Upon its conclusion, my son wanted to see it immediately again, especially one act in particular he thought was really cool. My daughter was nervous for the performers as some of the acts were quite thrilling but said she wanted to come back another day.
And the best part about that comment is with us being season pass holders, we definitely would.
In terms of ways to spend your time at Canada’s Wonderland, this show should rank as one of the best in terms of time invested vs. entertainment value. Having been to the park since 1981 and waiting in lines for rides, some longer than I ever want to think about again, DIMENSIONS will not disappoint. You get a Cirque Experience for 30 minutes that costs nothing more than your time.
This is a no brainer if you like that type of thing and just another way that Canada’s Wonderland is bringing new DIMENSIONS to overall park entertainment.
The other night I fell asleep on the couch. Again. Not surprising either, since it’s tax season, I’m super-busy up late working away (not complaining!) and with a steady flow of children who want to see/talk to/sleep with mummy, I wouldn’t be sleeping anyways.
At some point in the night – I think between 1am and 4am – I dozed off, with the TV on, and my laptop still on my lap when one of my children came downstairs, grabbed my iPhone, logged in using my password, snapped a picture of me and then sent it to my sister via text or BBM.
Of course, the next day they all denied it.
I would never have known had my sister not sent me the picture back.
Time for better passwords!
Or an electric fence.