On December 6th, 2016 TABIA held the 6th annual TABIA Awards Night. A night of recognizing and awarding many of Toronto's 82 BIAs for their efforts throughout the year. For photos of the night click here
Thirty Seven awards were handed out to deserving BIAs in thirteen categories in addition to the Michael Comstock Community Builder Award, and several recognition certificates for years of service.
Congratulations to all of our 2016 winners!
For a PDF of the 2016 Awards Presentation click here
For a PDF of the 2016 Awards Program click here
Tory has called for an end to the massive property tax break given to building owners who keep their units empty. I am very, very happy about this.
For me, it’s an issue that hits close to home. There’s a diner at the end of my street. It’s one of those classic greasy spoon places. A sign in the window advertises cheap beer and wings on Thursday nights.
Deputation made by TABIA to the City of Toronto Executive Committee
What is before the committee is a proposal for introducing a levy on parking spaces located on commercial property. Such levy would in effect be a form of property tax imposed on top of the existing property tax. These parking spaces are included in the assessment which MPAC does, and hence are taxed as part of the overall property. In effect we would have double taxation. TABIA sees the proposal as counter-productive, and inconsistent with other policies of the City.
You will recollect that former Mayor David Miller introduced a program to reduce the ratio between commercial and residential property tax rates. That program was approved by Council when it was realized that the very onerous tax burden on Toronto commercial property was driving business out of the City, to the extent that the commercial tax base was apt to erode.
Partying until 4AM and beyond in Toronto takes commitment. By 1:30, you've abandoned the idea of taking the subway home, and by 2:30, you're out on the street competing with everyone else for the next cab to take you home or to that after-hours spot your friend told you about. It's a scenario that is becoming increasingly common as the nightlife in major cities pushes further into the early hours of the morning.
While many celebrate the fact that the fun doesn't have to stop (quite so early), others are recognizing that it's bringing an influx of jobs and cash to downtown centers. This so-called "other 9-5" is also forcing these urban areas to consider what impact each of their night-time economies have on not only their revenue streams, but their transportation networks, public health resources, and most importantly, their citizens. In Toronto, that means considering whether subway service ending at 1:30 AM, and last call happening at 2 AM, is really what's best for everyone.