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My Waterfront Photo Exhibit
Discover the Beauty of Toronto’s Waterfront at the 2014 My Waterfront Photo Exhibit
September 26 to November 2 in Queen’s Quay Terminal
Toronto, Ontario – September 2, 2014 – Explore Toronto’s striking Waterfront through original and inspiring images from some of Toronto’s best amateur photographers at the 4th Annual My Waterfront Photo Exhibit presented by City Sightseeing Toronto, which showcases images from the 50 winning finalists of the My Waterfront Photo Contest in Queen’s Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West). The exhibit launches on Friday, September 26 with an Artist Preview Gala from 6-9pm in Queen’s Quay Terminal to honour the finalists and runs until November 2. Visit for more details.
Krinos Taste of the Danforth 2014




The Greek Gods smiled on the twenty-first anniversary of the Krinos Taste of the Danforth. The sun was out all weekend - and so were the crowds. There were a record-breaking 1.6 million attendees.

Candidates united in support of Bayview BIA

To BIA or not to BIA. That is the question.

Except, as for how it might impact the race for the Ward 26 council seat in the Oct. 27 municipal election it really isn’t much of a question at all. At least not yet. Both current councillor John Parker and David Sparrow, the only challenger to have filed nomination papers to date, say they are entirely in favour of business improvement areas.

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.

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.
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.

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.

TABIA AGM 2013 Tax Report

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.

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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From advocacy to collective bargaining, TABIA gives its members a voice!   Plus... TABIA offers members discounts on a wide range of product and services.  DETAILS

Think Big - Buy Local

My Neighbours Shop Local for fresh produce and support their community

For My Neighbour Bus Shelter Posters



Accessible Mainstreet

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Making your customer service accessible

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Workplace Safety

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We and our members want relief from high commercial property taxes. Find out more and help spread the word by downloading, printing and distributing our Tax Posters.

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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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