On Wednesday, September 12th, the exhibit officially launched with a panel discussion featuring Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto City Council Candidate), LoriAnn Girvan (Chief Operating Officer, Artscape), Mark Garner (Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA), Peter Tomlinson (sessional lecturer, University of Toronto) and Rob Sysak (Executive Director, West Queen West). The evening was filled with a lively and passionate discussion that extended onto social media. Read the Twitter chat down below that features the opinions of those that are concerned about the economic and social impact higher taxes will have on small Toronto businesses.
Tristan Dowen Dewdney, @tristanpolitics tweeted, “The sale of neighbouring lots of development means that everyone gets appraised as though they are going to develop, via ‘comparables assessment’. So mom and pop shops are taxed like condo towers and are forced to sell. This kills the character of neighbourhoods. #TAXEDOUT”
For a summary of the TAXED OUT panel discussion head over to Ryerson City Building Institute to read the article “Solutions Pending” published in Novae Res Urbis.
TAXED OUT is on until December 14th.