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Trends & happenings in mainstreet retail
 

Consumers Favor Small Businesses Because of Their Customer Focus

Prices have little influence on consumers' decisions to go with small companies

Social Media Advertisers in Canada Favour Nonpaid Strategies

Engagement is the top social media marketing activity  

 
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Mayoralty Race and Property Tax

For the First Time a Mayoral Candidate Takes Up Property Tax Issues

TABIA’s constitution prohibits it from endorsing or supporting any political party or any political candidate.  But to the extent that members’ concerns are in issue, TABIA does advise its membership of the various positions and platforms proposed by the parties and by candidates.

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Lawrence Park North residents live in best 'hood in Toronto

When Barbara Ruggeberg was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer five years ago, the mother of two was terrified and exhausted.

But she quickly learned that she and her family wouldn’t have to battle the disease alone.

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Toronto’s Ethnic Buffet
When I tell my friends in Toronto how much I love their city, they often say, “Really?” I always assume they imagine I’m just trying to be gracious, or perhaps — with characteristic Canadian modesty — they’re reluctant to acknowledge how easy their city is to love. But they also have a great deal of justifiable civic pride, and a clear sense of why Toronto is such a special and unusual place to live and visit. There’s more to this understated city than many people might realize.
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TABIA takes a stand against Ontario's Business Education Tax
For Immediate Release:

Contrary to the commitment it made in 2007, the Province maintains significantly higher tax rates on Toronto's commercial properties than on commercial property in the adjoining municipalities. Toronto's rate is 12% higher than Durrham, 17% higher than Peel, 22% higher than York Region and 40% higher than Halton. No wonder the Ontario property tax has been described as arguably the most inequitable tax in Canada.

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Beach BIA rebrands commercial strip as The Beach Village
The Beach Business Improvement Area (BIA) is taking cue from the community’s distinct “village feel” in its latest rebranding campaign.

Established in 1793, The Beach has a distinct small-town feel, which the BIA is highlighting by renaming the Queen Street East commercial strip The Beach Village.

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Toronto Financial District BIA focusing on long-term master plan
The downtown core needs transit to match its explosive growth, starting with a relief subway line, says a spokesperson for the Business Improvement Area (BIA) representing the city’s financial district.

Grant Humes believes it is essential to approve construction of the congestion-easing subway line, also considered a priority by the city, in order to provide better rapid transit within 15 years to the borders of the Toronto Financial District (TFD) BIA, which includes Bay Street, King Street and Union Station.

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Baby Point Gates fully restored, thanks to local BIA
A two-year project to restore the historic stone gates at the Jane and Annette streets intersection has finally come to fruition.

The year 2011 marked the Baby Point gates’ centennial anniversary, which coincided with the creation of the Baby Point Gates Business Improvement Area (BIA). In recognition of the milestone, the BIA hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially launch the restoration project, funded by the BIA with support from the city and the Baby Point Club.

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EDITORIAL: Local businesses are leading by example
Businesses in Toronto – big and small – help make our city the economic force it is. They create jobs, they pay taxes and they provide services and create products we need.

We’d suggest there’s another goal local businesses should make a top priority: to give back to the community they serve.

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TABIA AGM 2013 Tax Report
TAX COMMITTEE REPORT 2013 TABIA AGM

I usually try to start my reports with a bit of humour, not that it's ever easy to find anything funny about taxation. But this year it seems impossible. I snaffled a few items from the internet which were originally written in jest, but the irony is that today in 2013, what was formerly considered a joke has become a reality.

JOKE: A Canadian can consider himself a success when it costs him more to support the government than to support a family.

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Another Victim of a Flawed Commercial Property Tax System
Toronto, Ontario - April 29, 2013

Excerpted from a letter to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the Minister of Finance

    I purchased this property in April of 2007 for $535k. A few months later I was informed by MPAC that it's new value was $748k - an increase of 47% in 7 months at the height of the recession and at a time when the road I was on was under construction (this lasted three years and the frequent shutdowns of part or all of the street and sometimes even the sidewalks forced me to lay off all of my staff - 15 businesses on the street closed during this period). You can imagine my amusement when customers asked if businesses were being compensated for the loss of traffic during the construction - I told them only if you consider a 50% tax increase "compensation".

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TABIA is The Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areasand operates as a non-profit umbrella organization, representing the City of Toronto's 75 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)who in turn represent more than 35,000 business and property owners.

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