Tag Archives: OMB

exceptions are not solutions: creating a special property tax class

In the social swirl of the holiday season, I’ve been caught in conversations with people who are enthusiastic about the creation of a special property tax class for creative enterprise hubs (announced earlier this year and covered recently by Murray Whyte in The Star, an article which includes our friends at Akin Collective - whose…
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A false dilemma about Section 37 deals

I’ve been urging that we manage public-private partnerships differently, and that we use Section 37 agreements to better effect.  I should be more careful what I wish for. Affordable housing is already possible under Section 37 of the Provincial Planning Act.  Only a small portion of the developers contributions have been used for this purpose.The City…
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What’s that I hear squeaking?

The following comment appeared in response to yet another article by Christopher Hume, slamming Toronto for being too choosy about what gets built and where it gets built in our City. “Sad to say, but the squeaky wheel gets the politicians’ attention. It is politically safer to be led by a group of naysayers, than…
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Edifice Complex: Toronto’s billion-dollar “spectator sport”

I want to understand why the erection of Frank Gehry’s towers, or the gleam in David Mirvish’s eye, makes thoughtful people like Christopher Hume weak in the knees. A year ago, I wrote about all the ways we sabotage our plan for the City of Toronto.  It was a response to how Mirvish had tied Toronto’s…
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