Toronto mayoral elections signs go up today. Doug Ford vows to cut the land transfer tax by 15% annually. Rob Ford shows up at last night’s townhall, leaves feeling sick. Canada is preparing for potential Ebola cases, sending experimental vaccines to designated hospitals. TDSB committee has voted to end a deal with the Confucius Institute after outcry and concern about its ties with the Chinese government.
TORONTO ELECTION SIGNS START PLANTING IN LAWNS TODAY
Less than a month away from Toronto’s municipal election, mayoral candidate’s election signs are now starting to clutter up Toronto’s landscape. As of midnight, candidates have been allowed to start hammering their signs into lawns and public boulevards as we inch towards the October 27th election. John Tory’s campaign team plans to place 5,000 signs in the next 48 hours, however, Olivia Chow and Tory were not seen last night, while Doug Ford was setting up signs all over the neighbourhood. “We have hundreds of people spread out across the city, spreading the word of taxpayers and putting money back into people’s pockets,” Ford told reporters.
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DOUG FORD VOWS TO CUT LAND TRANSFER TAX 15% ANNUALLY
Doug Ford has vowed to cut the land transfer tax by 15% annually, over the next four years. The tax — introduced in 2008 — is levied on top of a provincial land transfer fee, which can add thousands of dollars to the cost of new homes and condominiums. It was back in 2010 when Rob Ford spoke before the Toronto Real Estate Board, promising to bring an end to the municipal Land Transfer Tax. Four years ago, Ford explained that the tax “hurts young people and seniors” and claimed it to be “unfair.” Four years later, another Ford sat before the same board, detailing the exact same speech, save for a few minor tweaks. Doug Ford addressed the room yesterday, promising to get rid of the tax over an extended period, starting with a 15% reduction each year for the first four years. In 2013, the tax generated more than $300 million for the city, with Ford claiming the first reduction would take away just over $50 million. To compensate for the lost money, Ford says he will “give councillors an offset, a net zero”, explaining that savings can be found by contracting out garbage collection east of Yonge Street, along with implementing savings from the Shared Services Plan. Ford promises to allocate all savings to “provide residents with immediate relief” without harming services. The mayoral candidate did say he wouldn’t be able to get rid of the entire tax in one term, however promised to continue finding savings for years to come.
ROB FORD SHOWS UP AT DEBATE, LEAVES FEELING SICK
All three leading mayoral candidates showed up for a debate last night, but they were upstaged by Mayor Rob Ford. The surprise appearance to support his brother only lasted a few minutes with the mayor sayin he wasn’t feeling very well and was having trouble breathing. Doug Ford, John Tory, Olivia Chow and Ari Goldkind were taking questions in a St. Clair West community centre. Residents asked about the police budget, special needs funding, sidewalk clearing, uranium processing and everything in between. After taking a seat in the audience for only a few minutes, the mayor got up an left because he wasn’t feeling well. He said the gym where the town hall was being held was too hot and he didn’t want to push it.
CANADA PREPARING FOR POTENTIAL EBOLA CASES
Canadian Health Officials may place doses of experimental Ebola vaccines in designated hospitals across the country to treat Ebola cases if any arrive in the country. Meanwhile, Toronto Western Hospital has been designated as ‘Ground Zero’, where care would be given to any Canadian responders who got infected. However, Minister of Health Rona Ambrose insists Canada’s risk from the virus is low.
TDSB COMMITTEE VOTES TO END DEAL WITH CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE
A TDSB committee has voted to end a deal with the Confucius Institute after outcry and concern about its ties with the Chinese government. The trustees on the planning and priorities committee recommended that the board cancel the deal but the TDSB will vote on the matter at the end of the month. The Confucius Institute paid the TDSB $100,000 in exchange for office space at two local high schools. Before the meeting hundreds people demonstrated outside to protest the controversial partnership. The trustees voted to approve of terminating the deal. But their decision still has to go before a vote of the full board at the end of the month. The Confucius Institute paid the TDSB $100,000 in exchange for office space at two local high schools.