Local BIA hopes free Internet will keep people in the neighbourhood and bring "eyes in the park and eyes on the street."
Torontonians will soon be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi in Queen West without paying for overpriced coffee.
Two new parkettes scheduled to open in fall 2017 will offer complimentary Internet service, as well as seating, trees and other amenities.
City licensing staff insist that proposed fee hikes of, in some cases, more than 1,000 per cent for patios serving alcohol are still under consideration. But restaurant and bar owners say the increases will lead to fewer outdoor spaces for residents.
You could call it a war on fun in Toronto.
A city staff proposal to dramatically boost fees charged to operate sidewalk cafés and patios is being called just that, with some restaurant and bar owners predicting it will lead to fewer outdoor spaces for residents to eat and drink.
To: The Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
Re: 2017 Budget
Minister: Thank you allowing us this opportunity to express our concerns. I will start with the Business Education Tax (BET).
Business Education Tax
I don’t know of any other tax in Canada which discriminates against a geographical area. It negatively affects a number of municipalities in Ontario, but has a severe negative effect on Toronto businesses.
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.