High marks for creativity in business assistance plan
To help businesses along Queen Street and improve the overall experience of living in the area, I call on residents to seek out Toronto Parking Authority officers on their daily patrols. Engage these diligent and often maligned civil servants in friendly and polite conversation. Enquire how to interpret misleading signage to avoid a ticket, or learn about their guidelines if a vehicle falls foul of an invisible threshold.
For my part in this community endeavour, I hope my chat with the enforcement officer ticketing vehicles at the drop-off area outside Kew Beach Public School provided sufficient distraction to spare some parents from an unnecessary expense while safely escorting their children to the school yard.
Be assured that even a small interruption of the ticketing process negatively influences performance targets and lessens the attractiveness of the Beach for revenue generation. This spring, make a new friend and help keep monies in the local community.
Thanks for a good deed from a stranger
Some time in the last week a good person found our son’s health card on Queen Street. He or she did some research and forwarded the health card to a mailbox rented by the Toronto Beaches Lacrosse Club. Michele Kidd, the club administrator, then contacted our family.
We greatly appreciate the efforts of the person who found the health card and of Michele. You paid it forward and we hope good karma comes your way.
Mike and Karen Pitre
Bylaw loophole for election donations
In July 2013, city council passed bylaw No. 1108-2013 which provides for rebates to be paid by the City of Toronto to donors to candidates in the 2014 municipal election.
The bylaw contains no requirement that a donor be a resident of the City of Toronto in order to get a rebate from the city.
This is nonsense. It is offensive that Toronto taxpayers are being asked to provide rebates to non-residents. Clearly this is an oversight in the bylaw.
I hope council will act as soon as possible to have the bylaw amended to add a requirement that the donor be a resident of the City of Toronto to qualify for the rebate. Please stop this gravy train.