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For Whom the BIAs Toil

Servants or Slaves? There is a universal premise that those who govern in a democracy do so with the consent of the governed. This tenet presumes that the governed have chosen their governors and have empowered them to protect the interests and safety of the governed. Under current legislation enacted by provincial authority, BIAs are designated as agencies of the municipal government (in Toronto, that would be City Council). Such […]

King Street – Where Businesses Go To Die

JOHN TORY’S KING STREET DISASTER: RELIEF NOWHERE IN SIGHT   By Doug Ford The car exclusion zone on King Street has now been in place for the past couple of months. What I have heard and seen from small business owners is that sales have sunk to an all-time low, traffic has been driven away from King Street, and the neighbourhood has become less vibrant. Gridlock has become unbearable on […]

Board Member Per Diems

Per Diems Must Be Introduced for Boards Per Diems for BIA Board members are long overdue. Toronto milks BIAs for millions annually and has never shown any appreciation or generosity towards those who serve the city’s interests. In fact, some councillors (thankfully not all) not only provide little support… they only get involved when it’s in their political interests to meddle. Otherwise, they keep tabs (spying) on the BIAs by […]

Commercial Lease Rights and Remedies

To maintain a healthy relationship, the tenant and landlord will often work together to resolve issues such as a monetary default.  After all, it is in the interest of the landlord for the tenant’s business to thrive, as it reduces the time, energy and cost associated with exercising contractual or statutory rights and finding a new tenant.  However, if the relationship is beyond the point of recovery and all attempts at […]

ON1Call Rubbish

  Non-compliance is the solution The caveat to non-compliance is that the BIA Board should be prepared to defend its self-determination. The following are facts that should be made known to all those involved. 1          ON1Call has been foisted unto the Toronto BIAs with the connivance and approval of John Kiru of TABIA and Mike Major of the Office of Economic Development (OED). 2          About 20 months ago, two staff […]