2014 City Council Election: Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt

The Incumbent:

Norm Kelly

The Race

Long-time politician Norm Kelly is on the ballot in Ward 40 once again in 2014. We were looking forward to receiving the Deputy Mayor’s survey response to add to the two candidates who responded. One of whom supports a “Toronto dollar system”.

Candidates Who Did Not Participate:  Councillor Norm Kelly

The Breakdown

  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh Supports decreasing property taxes by 65%.
    Internicola, Anthony No


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh I will remove hydrofluorosilicic from the water supply. That will save us $1.5 million/year.
    Internicola, Anthony My focus will be on fundraisers and community cooperation.


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh No
    Internicola, Anthony No


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh Yes
    Internicola, Anthony Yes – with conditions


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh Yes – eliminate
    Internicola, Anthony Yes – eliminate


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh  We will create Toronto dollars and use them to stimulate economic growth.
    Internicola, Anthony I will work together with the community to see where we can address this issue, we will sit together and come up with ideas where we can help set goal to create jobs.


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh  I will fund transit will debt free, interest free Toronto dollars and yes the planning process must be changed.
    Internicola, Anthony No specifics provided


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh With the Toronto dollar system we don’t need to short change city employees or private contractors.  Advice: pay them fair wages with Toronto dollars.
    Internicola, Anthony I feel that the city can easily resolve the issue if they scrap pay rate increases and add better health and dental benefits and coverage’s. My theory is that a healthy and happy worker is a better worker and it is cheaper to give health benefits then to give raises.


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh Yes. Every area of government services should in my opinion be open to P3s, but who am I? There will be votes about this and the people will decide.
    Internicola, Anthony I think this is a great idea, because when people work together you get different perspectives and usually good discussions come from them.


  • Candidate Response
    Borenstein, Josh Municipal currency system
    Internicola, Anthony Through monthly community meetings or as needed, the community and I will address all issues that come up. I am currently talking to the resident to get their concerns and idea’s.

 

The full responses

  • 1. Do you support a property tax cap ensuring future hikes are no greater than the rate of inflation?

    A property tax cap is far too insufficient. I will reduce the property tax by 65% in all brackets. To supplement the loss in revenues I will create the Toronto dollar system, by passing a by law that will give Torontonians and Toronto businesses the option of paying their municipal taxes, licensing fees and all other debts owed to the municipal government of Toronto with Toronto dollars. Currently, 97% of all money is created literally out of nothing by corporate banks. Every time the banks make a new loan, they are creating new money; they are not lending out depositors funds! Toronto will issue its own money to finance deficit spending.  We will simply spend the Toronto dollars into existence, rather than incurring odious debt by borrowing money which was created out of nothing by a bank; which will never be repaid and will grow exponentially until an inevitable Argentinian style bankruptcy. In order to prevent this we must use the Toronto dollar system to stimulate economic growth. We will use Toronto dollars to pay workers to improve our aging infrastructure, build hospitals, and build transit. Everyone will accept them for payment because you would be able to pay your taxes with them. After all, why do you work for money? Because number 1 you can pay taxes with it and number 2 you know you can exchange it with other people for goods and services because they know they can pay their taxes with it.  The primary reason we need taxes is simply to create an artificial demand for the Toronto dollar currency; which is why we don’t need excessive taxes, just enough so that everyone will accept the currency.

    2. Where, specifically, do you advocate finding savings in the current city budget?

    That will be unnecessary with the Toronto dollar system; however, I will fight for mechanism that would allow the people of Toronto to recall a councillor or mayor, eliminate a department they thought was useless or detrimental and vote on the private contractor that they wanted to provide their municipal government services.  But please understand that we really don’t have to find any savings when we have our own currency. And I will remove hydrofluorosilicic from the water supply. That will save us $1.5 million/year. It is waste product from the phosphate mining industry, when it is transported it is categorized/labeled and treated as dangerous/toxic/hazardous waste, it is illegal for hydrofluorosilicic acid to be dumped into lakes, rivers and oceans; however this substance (which is not naturally occurring fluoride) is being added to the water supply of Toronto.  Furthermore, hydrofluorosilicic acid causes cancer, arthritis, intestinal disease, damage to vital organs, brain damage and it does not prevent tooth decay or cavities.  I will fight to have this substance removed from the water supply, please review the sources I have provided below to verify the statements above.

    Sources:

    http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1104912/

    http://www.prlog.org/12251203-fluoride-killing-us-softly-by-gary-null-phd.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UeoBA6UucQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpPv290z2-Y

    http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/cancer/

    3. Do you support reducing the size of Toronto City Council?

    Reducing the size, as in the number of councillors? If that is what you are referring to, I am opposed to it.  I would like to see de-amalgamation, followed by a referendum for Toronto to become a province with special privileges (i.e. a provincial Toronto dollar bank, authority over trade inter-province and international, as well as control over natural resources).

    4. Will you support contracting out garbage collection east of Yonge Street?

    Sure, why not? All services should be contracted out (if the voters want).  The voters pick the contractor, there will be debates where various contractors present their plans and voters will pick the one they like the best and the winners are paid with Toronto Dollars.

    5. What are your thoughts on the Municipal Land Transfer Tax – will you support reducing it or eliminating it?

    Abolish it.

    6. Toronto’s unemployment rate is much higher than the provincial rate. What are your ideas to create job growth in Toronto?

    We will create Toronto dollars and use them to stimulate economic growth. We will use them to pay workers to improve our aging infrastructure, build hospitals, and build transit. Everyone will accept them for payment because you would be able to pay your taxes with them. After all why do you work for money? Because number 1 you can pay taxes with it and number 2 you know you can exchange it with other people for goods and services because they know they can pay their taxes with it.

    7. It seems City Council has been debating public transit forever with little results to show. How would you fund new transit projects to ease congestion for everyone? Do you feel we need to change the current transit planning process?

    Whatever the people want they will get with the Toronto dollar system. Whether you want light rail or subways, please understand that Toronto is nearly bankrupt and the current mechanism that the city uses to finance itself (i.e. incurring debt by receiving loans from banks with money the banks created out of nothing) will not be able to finance either system without an Argentinian style bankruptcy and at that point the banks will own the TTC and I am sure that no one wants that! So, I will fund transit will debt free, interest free Toronto dollars and yes the planning process must be changed. Politicians are too ignorant and corrupt to produce results in any area let alone public transit. We will give it over to private contractors (if the people want that) and the contractors will debate on TV and the people will vote on which one they like the most or if they want multiple systems and they will be paid with Toronto dollars.

    8. Labour negotiations will be a big part of the next council term. What advice do you have for the city’s negotiating team to get the best deal for taxpayers?

    With the Toronto dollar system we don’t need to short change city employees or private contractors.  Advice: pay them fair wages with Toronto dollars.

    9. Do you see opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s) involving the City of Toronto? Where, specifically?

    Yes. Every area of government services should in my opinion be open to P3s, but who am I? There will be votes about this and the people will decide.

    10. What is the top issue of concern for residents in your ward? What will you do as Councillor to address the issue?

    Here is the issue:

    Every election politicians line up like horses on a race track and compete with each other over who will utter the most compelling lie, the most absurd fallacy and the most blatant truth obfuscation. It then becomes the responsibility of the electorate to attempt to cipher through the overwhelming onslaught of propaganda in an attempt to try and find any semblance of truth behind the wall of deceit. Politicians always say, “We need to invest in our children’s education” or “We need to increase support to those less fortunate” or “We have to improve technological advancement in our medical sector”, but they will NEVER EVER tell you how they “plan” to do that or where they are going to get the money to fund their grandiose fantasies. It truly makes me physically ill to see politicians play the heart strings of Ontarians by promising things they know for a fact will not come to fruition. Every single problem in Ontario has one thing in common, they are either caused by a lack of funding or can be fixed by an increase in funding, but sadly, no politician will ever tell you that real problem is that current system is designed to keep the government in debt to private corporate banks. Up until 1974 the Bank of Canada issued virtually interest free loans directly to the government, this money was spent into circulation and produced massive achievements for Canada such as the Trans-Canada highway, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and not to mention the creation of our universal health care system. From 1867 to 1974 the entire national debt was $21,000,000,000, but after 1974 the debt began to explode and is now over $1,200,000,000,000! Meaning that every man, woman and child in Canada (Canada currently has a population of around 34.48 million people) currently owes $35,000.00 for their share of Canada’s public debt, but why did the debt explode? In 1974, when Pierre Elliott Trudeau was Prime Minister, the Bank of Canada joined what is called the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) which essentially is the central bank of central banks and ever since then the government stopped borrowing interest free loans from the Bank of Canada and started borrowing heavy interest bearing loans from major corporate banks. Toronto has been doing the same thing which is why Toronto’s is over $4,000,000,000. You will always hear politicians proclaiming that they have the skills to “balance the budget”, but sadly even if they were able to balance the budget, it would not have any effect on the outstanding national or provincial or municipal debt which is continually growing larger and larger because of the accumulation of interest that continues to compound on the already massive outstanding debt.  Furthermore, despite article 18 subsection (i) & (j) of the Bank of Canada Act which codified the authority of the Bank of Canada to issue loans to the federal government and the provinces, Section 91 article 15 of the Canadian Constitution delineates banking regulatory powers to the federal government. So ultimately the authority to force the Bank of Canada to issue Toronto interest free loans lies with the federal government.  However, Toronto can lobby the federal government to force the bank of Canada to make those interest free loans to the municipality or the municipality of Toronto could unilaterally issues credits which could be used to pay all municipality of Toronto related debts (i.e. property tax, municipal income tax, licensing fees, ect).  These credits would be just as good as money, because after all, what is money?  Money is simply a mechanism that facilitates economic exchange and people accept money because they know that they can pay their taxes with and they know that they can exchange it with others because they will be able to pay their taxes with it. So, I propose that the municipal government of Toronto issue all of these credits in a responsible manner for: governmental fiscal liquidity and stability, public-private initiatives and projects as well as stimulus in times of economic recession.  Meaning, if the municipal government of Toronto did not generate enough revenues to satisfy all of its spending obligations it could issue “Toronto Credits” or “Toronto Dollars” (which could be used to pay future debts owed to the municipal government i.e. taxes, licencing fees, hydro costs, ect) to pay corporations and individuals as opposed to borrowing heavy interest bearing debts from cooperate banks.  Moreover, these Toronto Credits issued by the municipal government of Toronto which would regularly be used to supplement the salaries of public sector employees as well as contractors could be traded and exchanged with willing participants in the free market.  Thus, if a TTC driver wanted to use her bonus that she received in Toronto Credits to purchase something from her local vendor and the vendor was willing to accept the Toronto Credits the transaction could take place. And of course the vendor would be more than happy to accept the Toronto Credits because he would be able to pay any municipal Toronto debts with the credits (i.e. taxes, licensing fees, etc).

    Sources:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2013/07/10/city_of_toronto_deeper_in_debt_under_mayor_rob_ford.html

    http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/B-2/page-7.html#docCont

    http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/section-91.html

    www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7f000b18-ca44-11e3-bb92-00144feabdc0.html#axzz30Cuujcid

    http://www.comer.org/projects/index.htm

    http://www.ofina.on.ca/borrowing_debt/debt.htm

    qualicuminstitute.ca/wpress/federal-debt/

    http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/05/16/beyond-our-means-government-debt-tops-1-2-trillion-and-spending-is-still-rising/

    http://www.comer.org/about/index.htm

  • 1. Do you support a property tax cap ensuring future hikes are no greater than the rate of inflation?

    No, I do not support a tax cap, because when things need to be managed accordingly a tax cap makes too hard to work with. If we can save and lower taxes with the cap it will make it difficult. It is not what I want, it is what my community and Torontonian’s want. If they want the cap, they will get the cap. If they do not want the cap then we will not put one.

    2. Where, specifically, do you advocate finding savings in the current city budget?

    Now, the city budget seems to work. I guess once I am able to figure out what my community needs then I know where to put my focus. My focus will be on fundraisers and community cooperation.

    3. Do you support reducing the size of Toronto City Council?

    No, I do not support reducing Toronto City Council. Even if council is reduced; it will take longer time for taxpayers issues to be addressed in turn promotes bad customer service for the taxpayers. Even though councillors get cut, the councillors that are still in power will absorb the salary, in turn there really isn’t much saving.

    4. Will you support contracting out garbage collection east of Yonge Street?

    I will only support contracting out garbage collection if the company hired is equipped to do the job correct and safe. Contractors need to be accountable for their work. I believe that the contracts need to be shared by several contractors to ensure fairness. Or else by keeping it to the city, the job will be done; correctly. When Parks and Recreation was responsible for maintenance by the city of Toronto, the job was done correctly, and the area was well maintained. Now that it’s contracted out, there is a poor job being done in some areas. Especially in the neighbourhood I live in, an example, is the lane ways, they are maintained properly now. I think if we are going to take the root of contracting out services, we are creating jobs but contracts need to be given to more than one company to ensure that contractors of Toronto have equal opportunities to grow their businesses.

    5. What are your thoughts on the Municipal Land Transfer Tax – will you support reducing it or eliminating it?

    I do not support the land transfer tax; I do not think it is fair that when you are selling your house you have to pay a land transfer tax. Only the person buying the house should pay it. In addition, 80% of Torontonians do not support it. In addition, what the people want they should get. However, if it does not go our way then I will be fighting to reduce the amount to the lowest possible to make the people happy.

    Do I support it? No, not for the seller.

    6. Toronto’s unemployment rate is much higher than the provincial rate. What are your ideas to create job growth in Toronto?

    I will work together with the community to see where we can address this issue, we will sit together and come up with ideas where we can help set goal to create jobs.  I will voice this once I get voted into office.

    7. It seems City Council has been debating public transit forever with little results to show. How would you fund new transit projects to ease congestion for everyone? Do you feel we need to change the current transit planning process?

    I support the Sheppard subway plan, including Mr Ford’s plan. I recognize that LRT’s are financially cheaper, but it will still be too congested, even after the construction is complete. Because that means that we will have card, trains and subways on top, and that will cause a lot of traffic.

    During the construction of subways, the traffic congestion will only be while construction is happening. After the construction is complete then cars will be on top and subways underground.

    However, as I said before, whatever the communities want I will fight for.

    8. Labour negotiations will be a big part of the next council term. What advice do you have for the city’s negotiating team to get the best deal for taxpayers?

    So as a family man I understand that the cost of living in today’s economy can be both physically and mentally draining and it’s important as a community to work together to enhance our quality of living. I understand purpose of negotiations for higher wages and benefits are important to the hard working people of local 79 and local 416. As a representative of ward 40, I understand that I will be in crucial role of negotiating a fair but logical deal between the city of Toronto and the union. I feel that the city can easily resolve the issue if they scrap pay rate increases and add better health and dental benefits and coverage’s. My theory is that a healthy and happy worker is a better worker and it is cheaper to give health benefits then to give raises.

    Maybe even offer to help subsidize the cost of living /property tax for city worker’s that live in the city

    9. Do you see opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s) involving the City of Toronto? Where, specifically?

    I think this is a great idea, because when people work together you get different perspectives and usually good discussions come from them.

    10. What is the top issue of concern for residents in your ward? What will you do as Councillor to address the issue?

    Right now the residents of ward 40 needs a councillor, who will be there for them, who will put the community first and ward 40 needs me, Anthony Internicola, the person who will be there for the community and who believes in community and family.

    Through monthly community meetings or as needed, the community and I will address all issues that come up. I am currently talking to the resident to get their concerns and idea’s.