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  • Battle brewing over Toronto's development charges - Toronto - CBC News
    first that our infrastructure is falling behind second that the existing taxpayer has to pick up the burden and third that a lot of development is incorrectly priced Deveaux responds that building in Toronto is not cheap In Ontario development fees also include Section 37 contributions and park land taxes In Toronto there is also a municipal land transfer tax If you look at all of the total governmental costs that go into a unit we re on par if not higher than all of the other municipal development charges out there said Deveaux City staff plans to study the entire list of charges currently imposed on developers in Toronto to determine if the combined fees are in fact greater in Toronto than the rest of the GTA Rossini is confident the hike will not deter Toronto s ability to attract new development I think that we ll find that even with all things considered we ll still be competitive in the GTA The city s initial plan was to consult with stakeholders and the public through the spring so that it can deliver a new development charge draft bylaw to council before the summer break But pressure from developers has pushed the timetable off course One major point of contention is that the proposal includes the cost of servicing new recreational amenities like the waterfront development that includes the Port Lands revitalization project We accept and agree that growth should have to pay for growth said Deveaux but they are charging future homeowners who will buy over the next 10 years with effectively the full cost of building out the waterfront Rossini said that the provincial law allows the city to charge for development related to expanding the city s recreation facilities They may not like all the items on the list of projects but I can point to several types of services that we can no longer collect development charges for that at one point we used to and that municipalities face real pressure to provide said Rossini He said that before 1997 the city was allowed to charge for the growth related capital costs of cultural facilities administration buildings hospitals and solid waste management Now the cost of these services falls directly on the taxpayer Increases could be phased in Joe Farag the city s director of corporate finance points to the need to find a balance between having growth pay for itself without unduly impacting the real estate market We might expect that council would give some consideration to some provisional charges to phase in the increase but it s hard to speculate what will happen He said one way or another the cost of accommodating growth has to be absorbed by someone so if the charges do not go to development projects the money will have to be found from extra taxes City staff are updating the proposal for the statutory public meeting that will be held by the executive committee on July 3 and

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/05/08/toronto-development-cost-charges.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Rare, $26,000 bottle of scotch stolen from Toronto shop - Toronto - CBC News
    Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Latest Toronto News Headlines Via Rail terror plot accused unable to find lawyer A Montreal man linked to an alleged plot to bomb a Via Rail Train says he cannot find a lawyer willing to use the Qur an as a basis for his defence more Funnel cloud filmed by Ontario storm chaser indeed a tornado Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down on the weekend just west of Kenilworth Ont after the sighting was reported by a local storm chaser more Point and shoot cameras not guns police say Toronto police have launched a guns for cameras amnesty in the city aimed at taking weapons off the street that may end up in the hands of criminals more G20 police officer assault trial postponed over new video The trial of a second Toronto police officer charged in the G20 protests has been postponed until later this week after new evidence surfaced in the case more Sousa wants transit funding meeting with Flaherty Ontario s Finance Minister is calling for a meeting with his federal counterpart to discuss public transit funding in the province more Must Watch Top News Headlines Feds pledge 250K to youth led anti bullying project The federal government will fund the Red Cross training of 2 400 young people so they can deliver anti bullying workshops in their communities it was announced at the Ottawa school of a student who died after years of bullying more New CRTC wireless rules demand 2 year contract cap unlocked phones The CRTC has unveiled a new code of conduct for cellphone companies that demands a two year cap on contract lengths and unlocked cellphones within three months of buying them more Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Don Pittis Stephen Poloz will be an economic party pooper at Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over today for a seven year term more Funnel cloud filmed by Ontario storm chaser indeed a tornado Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down on the weekend just west of Kenilworth Ont after the sighting was reported by a local storm chaser more Most Viewed Most Commented Ford brothers demand apology for gutter journalism G20 police officer assault trial postponed over new video Constant circus around Rob Ford a distraction councillors say Oshawa woman charged in death of 89 year old neighbour Body pulled from Humber River near Old Mill Bridge Man attempts to flee fatal collision in Mississauga Respectful protest calls for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to resign No sizzling Canadian summer in forecast

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/04/23/toronto-police-scotch-theft-lcbo-glenfiddich-single-malt.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Dealing with developers: municipal bonusing spurs debate - Toronto - CBC News
    that particular site In many cases the city planner tries to secure 15 to 20 per cent of the value for Section 37 benefits from the developer The councillor approaches the developer with a list of benefits or amenities that they would like to secure which they negotiate The city s guidelines state that Section 37 agreements cannot be applied across the board as a standard percentage for fear that the benefits could be construed as an illegal tax Under these guidelines each agreement is negotiated on a case by case basis Issues surrounding Section 37 A lack of clarity Aaron Moore PhD and post doctoral fellow at the IMFG and author of Trading Density for Benefits Section 37 Agreements in Toronto points to the vague wording of facilities services or matters in the Planning Act He sites this lack of clarity is as problematic resulting in a number of contradicting interpretations of what constitutes Section 37 benefits For example The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing states that the benefits could be put toward intensification growth management and transit supportiveness Meanwhile the Ontario Municipal Board insists on a direct connection between the building proposal and the community benefit such as building a park or playground adjacent to the new development In 2007 in an effort to resolve the confusion the City of Toronto created a set of guidelines and protocols This document states that the Section 37 benefits have to be spent on specific capital projects and goes on to list a number of permissible categories including heritage conservation affordable housing daycare centres public art playgrounds and improvement to transit facilities The city s guidelines state that planning staff should assist the ward councillor with negotiating the benefit agreements Staff is supposed to recommend when it is appropriate to ask for benefits what types of benefits to request and how to uphold Official Plan policies But these guidelines are often not followed Power concentrated in the hands of the ward councillor The ward councillor decides whether or not to take the advice of the planning department and whether to consult with the public after the benefits have been secured The ward councillor and the community council are not bound by the opinion of the planning staff said Langdon There are some councillors who will negotiate directly with the developer about community benefits says Langdon He says that although it is not in line with the protocol it sometimes has a beneficial effect The ward councillor has a lot of influence with the developer with respect to the approval of the application at the community council level said Langdon Sometimes they can negotiate benefits of a higher value then staff might be able to do But he says this approach comes with drawbacks the Official Plan policies may not be followed if Section 37 funds are negotiated without consultation with city staff The art of city building is properly invested in the politicians that run council And to pretend that technocrats who have a job at the City of Toronto can come in and change that is absolute insanity says Vaughan Councillors can act as ward dictators Former Toronto budget chief David Soknacki recently wrote an article titled Reforming City Revenue for Novae Res Urbis an urban planning and municipal government publication He writes City planning officials have little defence against the practice of councillors acting as ward dictators establishing personal priorities for amenities and inserting them into negotiations To ensure a consistent meaningful use of Section 37 all development decisions should be approved at city wide committees and from there at council How the money is being spent Moore notes in his paper there has been little public debate about these agreements and so far the majority of the spending has been varied inconsistent and spread across a number of small projects One key trend identified in Moore s paper is that most of the spending has been in the form of desirable visual amenities such as parks roads streetscapes and public art He points out that to date only six per cent of the funds have gone toward affordable housing an area where other municipalities in Canada and the United States have focused their density agreement funds Vaughan is working to change that trend He has backed a motion in council that is part of an overall objective to establish a framework for securing affordable housing through Section 37 agreements We ve been doing it on an ad hoc basis and we want a legal and policy framework so it becomes consistent on a site by site basis But he strongly opposes the criticism of Toronto s Section 37 agreements in Moore s paper Could it be more prescriptive Yes But I take issue with the underlined assumptions which are present in this report said Vaughan Priorities aren t always set by government If the people of the city aren t setting the priorities then it s not a democracy Money left unspent Most of the Section 37 funds the city has secured has not been spent Of the 137 million in cash benefits that have been secured by the city from 2007 to 2011 63 million has been received and only 11 million has been spent The city doesn t receive any funds until the development is in use but Moore explains that even once the city has the money often it remains frozen in bureaucratic processes Sometimes this is due to a lack of communication between the ward councillor who secures the benefit and the various city departments that co ordinate city projects such as the parks department or the transportation department Also if a city department has other priorities they may not have the time to focus on a new project In some cases they may not even be aware that the money has become available The delay on spending the funds is a dilemma for us said Langdon We wish the money could

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/04/25/toronto-section-37.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Mississauga power plant decision to cost Ontarians $275M - Toronto - CBC News
    favoured the builder and its U S based lender It wasn t until Nov 21 2011 that the government announced that Greenfield would stop construction The OPA estimated at that time that the plant was then 30 per cent complete The two sides reached a final agreement the following July in which the plant would be relocated and Greenfield would be reimbursed for all design development permitting and construction costs the company incurred to that date Costs higher than government claimed That same month the energy minister announced that the plant would instead be built near Sarnia The estimated cost for that process was then stated to be 180 million though the minister of finance later said it would be 190 million when the cost of a litigation settlement was factored in Progressive Conservative energy critic Vic Fedeli says the auditor general s report confirms what the Official Opposition has been saying about the costs of cancelling the Mississauga power plant in 2011 CBC Progressive Conservative energy critic Vic Fedeli said the auditor general s report simply confirmed what the Official Opposition has been saying for months about the true costs of the cancellation It s very clear to me that they ve known all along that the cost was far more than 190 million Fedeli said in reference to prior government claims about the costs Fedeli also said the governing Liberals pursued the absolute most expensive possible way to cancel the Mississauga plant NDP Leader Andrea Horwath also suggested the Liberals had understated the costs of the cancellation and relocation of the Mississauga plant I think the Liberals have been lying about this from Day 1 and I think they ve done everything in their power to try downplay the costs and to try to pretend they had no idea what was happening here she said Monday The evidence is clear from the auditor general s report that in fact they did know Following the release of the auditor general s special report Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli issued a statement thanking McCarter for his work The energy minister said he accepted the report s conclusions The next step is for all parties to work to improve the process for future occasions when sites are selected for energy projects The auditor general has also been asked to look into the costs surrounding the cancellation of the Oakville plant in 2010 Opposition parties believe it was a much costlier decision than the Mississauga plant cancellation and they estimate it could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars With files from The Canadian Press Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Latest Toronto News Headlines Via Rail terror plot accused unable to find lawyer A Montreal man linked to an alleged plot to bomb a Via Rail Train says he cannot find a lawyer willing to use the Qur an as a basis for his defence more Funnel

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/04/15/toronto-mississauga-gas-plan.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Toronto Lotto Max $40M winner first thought she won $40K - Toronto - CBC News
    I am going to go for dinner with my whole family at The Mandarin all you can eat Carreiro said That s what I m going to do and then I am going to go home take a shower and go to sleep With files from The Canadian Press Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Latest Toronto News Headlines Via Rail terror plot accused unable to find lawyer A Montreal man linked to an alleged plot to bomb a Via Rail Train says he cannot find a lawyer willing to use the Qur an as a basis for his defence more Funnel cloud filmed by Ontario storm chaser indeed a tornado Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down on the weekend just west of Kenilworth Ont after the sighting was reported by a local storm chaser more Point and shoot cameras not guns police say Toronto police have launched a guns for cameras amnesty in the city aimed at taking weapons off the street that may end up in the hands of criminals more G20 police officer assault trial postponed over new video The trial of a second Toronto police officer charged in the G20 protests has been postponed until later this week after new evidence surfaced in the case more Sousa wants transit funding meeting with Flaherty Ontario s Finance Minister is calling for a meeting with his federal counterpart to discuss public transit funding in the province more Must Watch Top News Headlines Feds pledge 250K to youth led anti bullying project The federal government will fund the Red Cross training of 2 400 young people so they can deliver anti bullying workshops in their communities it was announced at the Ottawa school of a student who died after years of bullying more New CRTC wireless rules demand 2 year contract cap unlocked phones The CRTC has unveiled a new code of conduct for cellphone companies that demands a two year cap on contract lengths and unlocked cellphones within three months of buying them more Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Don Pittis Stephen Poloz will be an economic party pooper at Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over today for a seven year term more Funnel cloud filmed by Ontario storm chaser indeed a tornado Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down on the weekend just west of Kenilworth Ont after the sighting was reported by a local storm chaser more Most Viewed Most Commented Ford brothers demand apology for gutter journalism G20 police officer assault trial

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/04/08/toronto-woman-lotto-max-forty-million-win.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Metro Morning marks 40 years on the airwaves - Toronto - CBC News
    250 Front Street West on Wednesday between 5 30 a m and 8 30 a m ET to mark the anniversary Joining Galloway will be a variety of guests including live performances by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo Eliana Cuevas Kobo Town and Divine Brown A reception will follow where guests will be able to meet members of the Metro Morning team With a report from the CBC s Travis Dhanraj Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Latest Toronto News Headlines Via Rail terror plot accused unable to find lawyer A Montreal man linked to an alleged plot to bomb a Via Rail Train says he cannot find a lawyer willing to use the Qur an as a basis for his defence more Funnel cloud filmed by Ontario storm chaser indeed a tornado Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down on the weekend just west of Kenilworth Ont after the sighting was reported by a local storm chaser more Point and shoot cameras not guns police say Toronto police have launched a guns for cameras amnesty in the city aimed at taking weapons off the street that may end up in the hands of criminals more G20 police officer assault trial postponed over new video The trial of a second Toronto police officer charged in the G20 protests has been postponed until later this week after new evidence surfaced in the case more Sousa wants transit funding meeting with Flaherty Ontario s Finance Minister is calling for a meeting with his federal counterpart to discuss public transit funding in the province more Must Watch Top News Headlines Feds pledge 250K to youth led anti bullying project The federal government will fund the Red Cross training of 2 400 young people so they can deliver anti bullying workshops in their communities it was announced at the Ottawa school of a student who died after years of bullying more New CRTC wireless rules demand 2 year contract cap unlocked phones The CRTC has unveiled a new code of conduct for cellphone companies that demands a two year cap on contract lengths and unlocked cellphones within three months of buying them more Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Don Pittis Stephen Poloz will be an economic party pooper at Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over today for a seven year term more Funnel cloud filmed by Ontario storm chaser indeed a tornado Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down on the weekend just west of Kenilworth Ont after the sighting was reported

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/04/01/toronto-cbc-metro-morning-anniversary.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Video: Toronto's tiniest homes - Toronto - CBC News
    the city aimed at taking weapons off the street that may end up in the hands of criminals more G20 police officer assault trial postponed over new video The trial of a second Toronto police officer charged in the G20 protests has been postponed until later this week after new evidence surfaced in the case more Sousa wants transit funding meeting with Flaherty Ontario s Finance Minister is calling for a meeting with his federal counterpart to discuss public transit funding in the province more Must Watch Top News Headlines Feds pledge 250K to youth led anti bullying project The federal government will fund the Red Cross training of 2 400 young people so they can deliver anti bullying workshops in their communities it was announced at the Ottawa school of a student who died after years of bullying more New CRTC wireless rules demand 2 year contract cap unlocked phones The CRTC has unveiled a new code of conduct for cellphone companies that demands a two year cap on contract lengths and unlocked cellphones within three months of buying them more Canada Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Don Pittis Stephen Poloz will be an economic party pooper at Bank of Canada An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis as new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz takes over today for a seven year term more Funnel cloud filmed by Ontario storm chaser indeed a tornado Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down on the weekend just west of Kenilworth Ont after the sighting was reported by a local storm chaser more Most Viewed Most Commented Ford brothers demand apology for gutter journalism G20 police officer assault trial postponed over new video Constant circus around Rob Ford a distraction councillors say Oshawa woman charged in death of 89 year old neighbour Body pulled from Humber River near Old Mill Bridge Man attempts to flee fatal collision in Mississauga Respectful protest calls for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to resign No sizzling Canadian summer in forecast like last year 9 things we know and don t know about the Rob Ford controversy Features Toronto traffic with Joan Chang Check out our live traffic map and the locations of the cheapest gas in Toronto interactive Video real or fake Five ways to flush out fakes Big Box Advertisement Show previous slide Don t miss Bulletproof Backtracking from spent bullets Canadian technology helping police link bullets to firearms Pop astronaut 5 things Chris Hadfield did that amazed us Fans say Thank You Commander Hadfield as his ISS mission ends Robert Fisher Ontario s budget drama won t end in an election Wynne is ready to end horse trading over Ontario s budget

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/03/29/toronto-craven-tiny-homes.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Crime Maps | CBC Toronto
    Note These ranges represent the number of criminal occurrences per 10 000 residents in each neighbourhood Download the data 8K csv Legend 0 10 10 20 20 30 30 40 40 50 50 60 60 70 70 80 80 90 90 100 Note These ranges represent the number of criminal occurrences per 10 000 residents in each neighbourhood Download the data 8K csv Legend 0 6 5 6 5 13 13 19 5 19 5 26 26 32 5 32 5 39 39 45 5 45 5 52 52 58 5 58 5 65 Note These ranges represent the number of criminal occurrences per 10 000 residents in each neighbourhood Download the data 9K csv Legend 0 19 19 38 38 57 57 76 76 95 95 114 114 133 133 152 152 171 171 190 Note These ranges represent the number of drug charges per 10 000 residents in each neighbourhood Download the data 8K csv Legend 0 10 10 20 20 30 30 40 40 50 50 60 60 70 70 80 80 90 90 100 Note These ranges represent the number of criminal occurrences per 10 000 residents in each neighbourhood Download the data 9K csv Legend 0 2 5 2 5 5 5 7 5 7 5 10 10 12 5 12 5 15 15 17 5 17 5 20 20 22 5 22 5 25 Note These ranges represent the number of criminal occurrences per 10 000 residents in each neighbourhood Download the data 7K csv Legend 0 26 26 52 52 78 78 1 04 1 04 1 3 1 3 1 56 1 56 1 82 1 82 2 08 2 08 2 34 2 34 2 6 Note These ranges represent the number of criminal occurrences per 10 000 residents in each

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/features/crimemap/ (2013-06-03)
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