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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019

TORONTO COUNCILLORS AND RESIDENTS CALL FOR DOWNTOWN SIDEWALKS TO BE CLEARED
Libby Znaimer is joined by Toronto Councilors Josh Matlow, for Ward 12 Toronto-St. Paul’s, and Mike Layton, for Ward 11 University-Rosedale.

Winter has already arrived in full force, which means residential sidewalks in Toronto are going to be piled up with plenty of snow and provide plenty of danger with ice.

Many residents, particularly in the neighbourhoods of Old Toronto,  are calling on the city to plow their sidewalks to make it safer and accessible for pedestrians both with and without physical disabilities.

As it stands, residents themselves are expected to clear their own sidewalks. The City of Toronto is in fact kicking off a pilot project after December 1st, which will see 150 km of sidewalks being plowed by the city. Not all residents believe this is the answer.

Both Councillors Matlow and Layton have been vocal on the issue calling on the city to take on sidewalk clearing. On Twitter, Layton said the following: “Sadly, my motion to expand sidewalk clearing project[s] to the levels recommended by consultants to city…failed. Next stop – budget committee. We will keep trying”.


SHOULD TORONTO IMPOSE A VACANCY TAX ON UNINHABITED RESIDENTIAL UNITS?
Libby Znaimer is joined by Jaco Joubert, a Software Developer and Ana Bailão Toronto’s Deputy Mayor, and Councillor for Ward 9 Davenport.

Jaco Joubert, a Toronto-based Software Developer, designer, and renter, conducted a condo vacancy study and he found that vacancy rates of such residential properties are higher than is currently estimated.

The question becomes: should a tax on vacant residential properties be implemented? Some Torontonians including Councillor Bailão agree.

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