Taxpayers Coalition Wants To Close “Licence To Lobby” Loophole

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Toronto Taxpayers Coalition today is urging the Mayor’s Executive Committee to make meaningful changes by ending the “Licence To Lobby” loophole.

Each year, local community organizations lobby city councillors for millions of dollars in funding and for support of various issues. “Lobbying activities by political not-for-profit groups are not only private, they’re completely undocumented,” said coalition president Matthew McGuire. “Many of these groups receive government funding, others still put considerable influence on City Council, and we have no record of who they’ve met with.”

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TTC Favours By-Election Over Appointment If Ford Removed From Office

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“We’ve fought against sole sourcing city contracts, and now we’re fighting against sole sourcing our mayor” – Coalition president Matthew McGuire

Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is urging City Council to call a by-election should Rob Ford lose his appeal of a court decision to remove him from office.

Under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, City Council has the authority to appoint somebody as mayor or call a by-election to let voters decide on their replacement mayor for the remainder of the term.

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David Miller Spent $1 Billion More Than Rob Ford: Taxpayers Coalition

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The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition today released an infographic which visually represents the difference in spending habits of Mayor Rob Ford compared to his predecessor, Mayor David Miller.

The infographic utilizes budget information posted on the City of Toronto website which shows spending in David Miller’s first three budgets grew by $1 billion. By comparison, Rob Ford’s administration increased spending by a mere $20 million. The infographic assumes the budget is approved unchanged during this week’s budget deliberations.

“While we don’t endorse increasing costs to taxpayers, our research shows that even with a $20million increase over the past two years there is a $980 million difference between Ford and Miller,” said coalition president Matthew McGuire.

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Casino Would Be A Cornerstone To A $400 Million Subway Expansion Plan

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The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition announced a bold new position with the release of a policy paper at City Hall this morning – one that would allow the city to build 1Km of underground subway tunnel and 1 subway station per year.

“A casino would be the cornerstone to a fully funded subway expansion plan that doesn’t raise taxes one cent,” said coalition president Matthew McGuire. “Putting this revenue towards expanding our subway network means Toronto wins.”

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Toronto Taxpayers Coalition Announces Plans To Challenge Bag Ban Bylaw

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If city council won’t stand up for taxpayers, the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition will.

This afternoon, the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition announced plans to proceed with a legal challenge to the city’s bag ban bylaw. President Matthew McGuire made the announcement speaking with Newstalk1010′s Jim Richards.

“The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is planning to go ahead with legal action against the city over the bag ban bylaw,” McGuire announced. “We’re watching city council to see the outcome of their decision on the matter later this month.

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Toronto Taxpayers Coalition Wants To ReverseTheBagBan.ca

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The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition will join a powerful coalition announcing the launch of http://www.reversethebagban.ca Monday morning at City Hall.

Earlier this year, an amendment to a motion meant that a vote to eliminate the bag fee was also a vote to ban bags altogether. The unprecedented move to ban a common household item with no prior consultations has put the city on shaky legal ground, with several organizations planning legal action to stop the ban from coming into effect on January 1st, 2013.

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