Thanks for the above and welcome to CD! I’m back from Salzburg & Berlin. I received the below email courtesy of Mrs. K and Mrs. G. Sadly, I have no idea which is the lesser evil in the upcoming provincial election. My mom, who passed away last November, actually received a voting registration card; I received a notice from CRA to prove that my house taxes reported was 20k (they added an additional zero!), and the government wants my father (83) to serve as a juror when he has cancer and can barely walk. I could go on…. If you read a newspaper, you know there is something very wrong.
In regards to the below email, do you really think it matters who gets in? They will take care of their own first and foremost. Sadly, they won’t apologize for anything. It’s a scary world we’re living in.
A Message to all Supporters of the Arts and Culture in Toronto
Operating Grants to the City’s Arts and Culture may be threatened
The City of Toronto is reported to have an annual budget shortfall of $575 million. In August City Council voted to defer a motion to raise revenues to cover this deficit through two new taxes; a land transfer tax and a vehicle registration fee, that together would have added $350 - $375 million to the budget. The deferral is to last until October 22, after the Provincial election.
Faced with this crisis the city is choosing to cut services and programs that are at the heart of our civic quality of life, including programs for children and seniors at over 100 community centers, public library services on Sundays, and public transit service. Next on the block are likely to be City operating grants to hundreds of large and small arts organizations; theatres, art galleries, museums, choirs, orchestras and chamber groups, local festivals, and dance companies, including The National Ballet of Canada.
The City of Toronto benefits in a myriad of ways, economically and qualitatively from its rich and diverse cultural life. Toronto’s grants to the arts are already among the lowest per capita of any major Canadian city. Cutting this lifeline of annual funding could literally cripple or destroy the livelihood of over 100,000 artists and the organizations that employ them. The culture sector is estimated to contribute over $8 billion annually to the city’s GDP.
If you would like to learn more about the issue, please visit the city website www.fairtaxes.ca
If you believe that the City is at a turning point in its ability to sustain the quality of community services, accessible public transit, and the cultural life that we all treasure, we urge you to e mail the Mayor and all members of City Council today, with copies to Premier Dalton McGuinty, Opposition Leader John Tory, and NDP Leader Howard Hampton. As members of a civic society we believe it is necessary to speak up now to defend the viability of our city and our arts. You can use the links below to express your views on this vitally important and urgent issue.
Contact your Councilor at http://app.toronto.ca/im/councillors.jsp
Contact Premier McGuinty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Hon John Tory at email@example.com
Contact the Hon Howard Hampton at firstname.lastname@example.org
We care deeply about Toronto, and we appreciate your support,
The National Ballet of Canada
The National Ballet of Canada