Bear in mind that BIAs are agencies of their respective city and, Ontario’s cities, as well as most other private and public institutions, all have Codes of Conduct. And the institutions are each responsible for the conduct of their employees and members. This is an appropriate time to inform or remind BIA members and staff of the existing behavioural guidelines which apply to the workplace. It is most prudent to […]
OPEN LETTER TO ALL BIAs – Forget the Flowers and the Banners… Speak OUT This is a matter that affects all your members – merchants and property owners. The background is – the commercial property values (as calculated by MPAC) were increased outrageously, especially for Yonge Street properties. Naturally, the property owners will pass these increases unto their tenants. This problem was addressed by the Yonge Street BIA because of […]
The matter is now past and here is a summary of the relevant facts. Readers will recall from previous articles that this problem was created and foisted unto the BIAs by three sources. Mike Major of the Office of Economic Development (OED) John Kiru of Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) Steven Waugh and Rob Matthews of Ontario 1Call, (ON1Call) the provincial agency in charge of implementing Bill 8. […]
ON1Call Update – recent developments. December 5.17 For those BIAs being swamped with costly demands for locates, here’s the latest from City Council. The matter was brought before Council two weeks ago but was shelved due to an overloaded agenda. It is being returned this week (December 5, 6, 7) when Council meets again. In the meantime, what is unfolding behind the scenes is a proposal by Councillor Paula Fletcher […]
The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) is proposing to increase the paid parking rates within most BIAs by 34% to $2.00 or more per hour. “The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) has undertaken a review of its On-Street Paid Parking Program for 2017 . As a result, the TPA is proposing a number of adjustments to the hourly rates and hours of operation to the on-street paid parking spaces.” Background “On-street paid parking is important in order […]
Vacancy Tax Rebates (VTR), the Facts Some views and opinions on this subject are based on misinformation or misunderstanding. This includes politicians who are eagerly seeking to remove VTR whilst willing to forego due diligence in the never-ending pursuit of tax revenue. Let’s begin with a little history. Prior to 1998, Toronto taxed business properties on two levels. One level was the actual property which was assessed and taxed at […]
About the Editor:
Buzz Brackenreid is a veteran of the British Forces (Scots Guards). He served in The Falklands Conflict (1982), Episkopi Garrison, Cyprus (1984), Northern Ireland (1987) and Canada (1989).
Buzz emigrated to Canada in 2000. He resides with his wife Olivia, daughter Patricia and his dog Winston, in Etobicoke.