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How smart is it as a politician to turn your back on the votes and economic impact of Pride Month?  Toronto is happy to have the hundreds of millions in revenue pour in, and lots of other cities would love to have that kind of boost as well.

http://thebuzzmag.ca/2018/09/pride-toronto-releases-2018-economic-impact-report/

ATTENDANCE

An estimated 1.6 million people attended Pride weekend and more than 1 million attended Pride month events (excluding Pride weekend). While the majority of attendees were from he GTA and Ontario, many visitors from other parts of Canada, the US, and internationally attended Pride events.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

The average spend of Pride Toronto festival weekend attendees was estimated at  $190. The average spend of Pride Toronto month attendees was $375. The Pride Festival (including Pride weekend) contributed an estimated $681 million to Ontario’s GDP, supported 5,600 direct jobs and generated $270 million in combined Federal, Provincial, and Municipal tax revenues.

1.6 million Pride Festival attendees spent an estimated $305 million on Pride related purchases over the Pride Toronto festival weekend (June 22 to June 24, 2018), and estimated $379 million over the month.

The Pride Festival (including Pride Weekend) contributed an estimated $681 million to Ontario’s GDP, supported 5,600 direct jobs, and generated $270 million in combined Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Employment tax revenues.

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Obviously a strongly principled man who can't support an organization that engages in exclusionary practices.

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So rather than working to unite the communities in his province by working to get them back together, he remains divisive just like he was in the past.

A good leader works for all their constituents, not just the ones they agree with.

You are right though, he is entitled to his beliefs.

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Since this will cover most of your talking points, I suggest you purchase this and save yourself a heap of time.

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if your issue with Wynne is that she is a Lesbian then you missed all the real issues.

 

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Cons love to say they voted for Dug Fraud to save money.  Here is a right wing paper reporting the reality of how much more he is costing us. Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss....

Watch out Alberta, you're next!

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/costs-of-ontario-climate-plan-would-be-double-liberal-carbon-tax-raise-household-costs-report

OTTAWA — Ontario’s climate plan would cost taxpayers twice as much as the federal Liberal carbon tax, a new report says, casting doubt on policies proposed by a handful of provinces as they mount a legal objection to Ottawa’s environmental ambitions.

A report set to be released Tuesday by Canadians for Clean Prosperity, an environmental think-tank, found that Ontario’s climate change policies would be 59 per cent more costly for businesses and households in 2022 compared with Ottawa’s carbon tax. That figure would fall to 50 per cent more expensive by 2030.

The findings align with a growing pile of research that argues economy-wide carbon taxes are cheaper to administer than regulations targeting specific sources of emissions, which ultimately trickle down and raise costs for consumers.

The federal carbon tax, which came into force at the beginning of 2019, has become a source of intense political discord in Canada. Provincial leaders in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick have all opposed Justin Trudeau’s environmental policies. Ontario and Saskatchewan are involved in legal appeals as part of an effort to overturn the carbon tax, and the battle is widely expected to reach the Supreme Court.

The Clean Prosperity report found that the cost of the Ontario plan would be more expensive largely because it would “cherry pick” certain sources of emissions to cut and would cost $334 million in 2022, or $62 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions removed. The federal plan would cost $214 million in 2022, or $40 per tonne, according to the report.

 

Much of the additional costs would be passed down to consumers, the report said, raising annual household expenses in Ontario by an average $80 in 2022, rising to $154 in 2030.

Dave Sawyer and Seton Stiebert, researchers at EnviroEconomics who wrote the report, estimated the cost of the Ontario plan by adding up its many regulatory pieces. Those include a carbon tax on heavy emitters based on an Industry Performance Standard (IPS); a $400-million fund to help finance clean technologies; a plan to raise ethanol levels in gasoline to 15 per cent; and a policy aimed at boosting electric vehicle adoption.

The researchers said the Ontario plan effectively removes the economy-wide carbon tax, which raises the cost of gasoline and diesel at the pumps, while leaning on a tax on industrial emitters.

“Large emitters look to be overcompensated, on average, by $298 million in 2022 and $78 million in 2030” even as they pass costs down to the consumer, they said.

The federal carbon tax is made up of an economy-wide tax on gasoline and diesel, and a tax on emissions from heavy emitters.

The Clean Prosperity researchers recommend that Ontario could reduce the cost of its plan by extending its IPS system to distributors of gasoline and diesel, which would effectively raise costs of the fuels closer to the source, rather than at the pump.

Critics of the Ontario policy have also pointed out that Premier Doug Ford’s plan to raise the portion of ethanol in gasoline to 15 per cent, up from a 10 per cent blend, also threatens to raise pump prices by weakening the energy output of gasoline.

Ottawa has rejected Ontario’s climate plan, saying it fails to sufficiently account for economy-wide emissions.

Ontario and other provinces have argued that they should be allowed to cut emissions through whatever policies they see fit, rather than being forced by Ottawa to introduce a specific carbon tax.

Voters in some provinces, particularly in Alberta, have loudly opposed an economy-wide tax but have largely accepted the tax on heavy emitters.

Large emitters look to be overcompensated, on average, by $298 million in 2022

Alberta introduced a carbon tax on heavy emitters in 2007 under the Progressive Conservative government, which was set at $15 per tonne. The New Democratic Party then expanded it in 2016 to include an economy-wide tax, starting at $20 per tonne, and initially slated to rise $10 every year thereafter. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney scrapped that plan altogether as his first policy after taking office in April.

Economists say economy-wide taxes are the most efficient way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. About 80 per cent of all oil-related carbon emissions come from the transportation sector, according to the International Energy Agency, which includes the driving of cars, trucks and SUVs.

Critics of the Liberal carbon tax are quick to point out that Canada accounts for only a small sliver of global emissions. Even by its own admission, Ottawa is set to miss its Paris climate targets under current policies, and would need to sharply raise carbon taxes or introduce new measures to meet those thresholds.

 

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Just like Wolfhunter predicted!

“ Ford’s dilemma — We want less spending, but no cuts “

An Ipsos poll last week that showed the Ontario Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and NDP statistically tied in popular support had another interesting finding.

It’s that most Ontarians agree with Premier Doug Ford that, given the state of the province’s finances, government spending must be reduced.

It’s just that most of us don’t want anything actually cut.

The poll found 52% of Ontarians surveyed supported cuts to public spending, with 48% opposed.

But when people were asked what they would cut, there wasn’t one example provided where the number in favour was higher than those opposed. Not one.

The closet was reductions to arts and culture funding, where 50% were in favour, 50% opposed.

On cutting funding on Indigenous issues, 53% opposed, 47% in favour.

On cancelling tax cuts, 54% opposed, 46% in favour.

On reducing fundings to cities, 54% opposed, 46% in favour.

On reducing police funding, 58% opposed, 42% in favour.

On cutting transit and infrastructure spending, 58% opposed, 42% in favour.

On reducing environmental and climate change funding, 60% opposed, 40% in favour.

On reducing funding to colleges/universities 61% opposed, 39% in favour.

On cutting funding to primary and secondary education 62% opposed, 38% in favour.

On reducing funding for homelessness, poverty and welfare, 63% opposed, 37% in favour.

On reducing funding to seniors, 65% opposed, 35% in favour.

On reducing health care funding 68% opposed, 32% in favour.

The biggest problem facing the Ford government, which has promised to balance the books one year after the next election in June, 2022, is that public opposition to reducing funding in the two largest areas of provincial spending — health and education — is over 60%.

That’s why it’s so easy for opponents of spending restraint to rally public support against any cuts.

It’s easy to dramatize the immediate impact of the cuts with exaggerated rhetoric — people will die, children will starve — but far more difficult to explain the long-term damage to society caused by runaway debt.

For example, that $13.3 billion annually of Ontario taxpayers’ money now goes just to pay interest on debt. If interest on debt was a government department, it would be the fourth largest after health, education and social services.

That’s a major reason why, even when the previous Liberal government was recklessly spending and turning Ontario into one of the world’s most indebted sub-national borrowers, we also had overcrowded emergency rooms and hallway medicine.

More taxpayer money, every year, was being diverted solely to paying interest on debt.

The choice is clear.

It’s either reduce government spending or keep doing what the Liberals did, who by the end were spending $40 million more a day than they were getting in revenue.

Spending’s easy. Restraint’s hard.

But it’s necessary if we want to turn around the Titanic of Ontario government debt, before we hit the iceberg.

 

https://torontosun.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-fords-dilemma-we-want-less-spending-but-no-cuts

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Less spending with no cuts is no logical way to run a government.

Tell me what these days is actually going down in price?  On top of that, they have already worked overtime keeping wages at rock bottom, so something has to give.

 

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if he is going to cut then he should look a little closer to his office IMHO

 

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2 minutes ago, boestar said:

if he is going to cut then he should look a little closer to his office IMHO

 

You really think cutting back his office expenditures  will make a dent in this sink hole? The cuts will have to come from programs.. pure and simple...regardless of Liberal whiners.

“ Ontario government debt. ... As of March 31, 2018, the Ontario government's total debt is projected to be CDN$348.79 billion. The Debt-to-GDP ratio for 2017-2018 is 37.1% and interest on the debt is CDN$11.97 billion, representing 8.0% of Ontario's revenue and its fourth-largest spending area.

 

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are you that naive to think that's what I meant.  I meant cut government as a whole.  Its a bureaucratic wasteland of useless people doing nothing.  MANY efficiencies to be found there.  but no lets vote us a huge increase and keep it all moving along.  

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No waste at school boards? 

The Toronto District School Board wanted to buy nearly 4,000 of the newest, most expensive iPhones all at once. 

While planning to spend over $5 million on iPhones, they wanted parents to believe they have no money for classrooms, repairs or teachers.

 

“‘TDSB wanted to spend big for top-end iPhones “

Even as the Toronto District School Board was complaining about school funding changes, board officials were going ahead with a contract to spend more than $5 million buying new high-end iPhone handsets.

The contract proposal was only cancelled last Thursday.

That was after the school board had already talked about laying off teachers and warned that classes would have to be cut.

There was no money we were told.

Turns out Premier Doug Ford was right and the board could find savings elsewhere.

Let me be clear, the contract proposal I am about to describe could only happen in government.

According to a copy of the request for proposals (RFP) sent to companies looking to bid, the board wanted a whole new wireless contract for voice, data and text services complete with the new handsets.

The RFP showed the board was looking to purchase more than 4,000 brand new iPhones for administrators, the vast majority of them the high-end iPhone XS or XS Max valued at as much as $1,519 per handset.

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/lilley-tdsb-wanted-to-spend-big-for-top-end-iphones

 

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As a person who doesn't even own a smart phone, never mind an iPhone, even I know that the technology changes so fast that if you were to purchase a cheaper model, you would be out of date with regards to updates and technology very quickly.

Having said that, having a high school age child, they have gotten away from paper information coming home for the parents.  It is all electronic now. 

So you can buy cheaper, more often, or invest for the long run.

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even the XS and XR will be obsolete by September when the next big thing arrives.  I still use an iPhone 6  

 

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“ Ontario added almost 21,000 new positions last month as it led the country in job creation, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey released Friday.

An increase in full-time work, 28,500 positions, was offset by a decline in part-time work of 7,500 positions.

About 222,000 new jobs have been created in Ontario since last May, Stats Can says.

There was a notable increase in the number of people aged 25 to 54 and women working, the survey said.

With fewer people looking for work, unemployment in Ontario declined by 0.8% to 5.2%.

The economic news came on the first anniversary of the Doug Ford government’s election win.

“We are bringing quality jobs back to Ontario families,” Economic Development Minister Todd Smith said in a statement.

British Columbia saw the second highest job creation in Canada, the addition of 17,000 positions in May, followed by Nova Scotia with 4,500 new jobs and New Brunswick with 3,000 more jobs.

Other provinces experienced either no change or a slight decline in the number of jobs, the Labour Force Survey reports.”

https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/ontario-led-country-in-job-creation-in-may-stats-can

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To think that all happened under the previous governments programs as the current governments policies hadn't kicked in yet.....

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14 minutes ago, deicer said:

To think that all happened under the previous governments programs as the current governments policies hadn't kicked in yet.....

 

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"Whenever Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government, or for that matter any government, tries to restrain public spending, the impacts of the cuts it makes are always personalized by those who want to maintain the status quo.

Thus, “children will starve” or “people will die” if our current unsustainable levels of spending, deficits and debt are not maintained, they claim.

But what is never personalized is the negative impact of debt on the public and on public services.

This point was made recently by Tony Chapman, a Newstalk1010 commentator and successful entrepreneur.

He asked why people aren’t demonstrating in the streets over the countless examples of government waste and inefficiency that contribute to unsustainable debt."

 

High social cost of runaway public debt

“ To put what Chapman and Sowell are talking about in concrete terms, consider that the legacy of 15 years of Liberal rule in Ontario is a $10.3 billion deficit this year, a $360 billion debt and annual interest payments on debt of $13.3 billion.

Imagine how much health care, education and community services could be improved if Ontario had $13.3 billion more annually to spend on public services, instead of paying interest on debt, which doesn’t even lower the debt.”

https://torontosun.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-high-social-cost-of-runaway-public-debt

 

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So how is the debt being addressed when Ford is spending more than Wynne, especially on his buddies?

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-doug-fords-spending-big-just-not-on-you

Budgets are about choices.

And in the lead-up to his first budget, Doug Ford has already given us a good look at his spending priorities.

Make no mistake, Ford is spending your money. He’s just not spending it on you or your family.

In fact, I can already pinpoint hundreds of millions in costs and handouts.

Ford negotiated with Kathleen Wynne’s $6-million man at Hydro One, and quietly worked out a deal to pay Mayo Schmidt a ludicrous $9 million in severance payments to make him go away.

Then, Ford meddled again in Ontario’s electricity sector when his chief of staff demanded an old political foe at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) be fired. Tack on another $500,000 in severance.

This constant political meddling is what led to the American regulators blocking Hydro One’s acquisition of Washington-based Avista Corp, costing Ontario families a whopping $138 million in cancellation penalty fees. That cost balloons to $191 million when you factor in the financing charges and interest for this boondoggle.

Then there are the tickets to the Ford gravy train.

These patronage and favour-trading appointments add up to millions of dollars.

Former PC Party president Rueben Devlin is collecting nearly $1 million over three years. Former Ford campaign tour director Ian Todd’s annual $350,000 payday as Ford’s trade representative is a huge salary bump for the gig. Ford even gifted his former principal secretary, Jenni Byrne, a cool $197,000-a-year appointment to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). These are just a few of the dozens of sweet gigs and windfall paydays for Ford insiders.

And then there’s the biggest handout of all: His handout to the very wealthiest people. Ford jumped right away to cut taxes for the wealthy, resulting in big savings for millionaires, and costing us all $308 million.

This money could have gone to repair local schools or bolster health-care spending.

So when Ford rips autism service away from children or cuts mental health funding and tells families that the provincial cupboard is bare, he’s really just making stuff up. Ford is spending hundreds of millions — he’s just not spending that money on you.

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