-20% Rent reduction for renters-apts., condos, retail, homes-LOCK for 3 years
-Raise fines to landlords, owners for no proper repairs
-Distribution of $900million in wasted food
-Re-zone, build faster, occupy unused land for livability
-Restructure budget on wasted spending
-Increase in Crime-Solutions within
-Housing-all deserve a place to call home
-Social Services-increased funding
-Investing in people, their health, decency
The continuous rise of crime in the city and the subway system is a pivotal moment in our changing democracy. Overall, hiring more security officers, cameras, trauma response programs are not the solutions. These are just repetitive crowd pleasers with temporary results.
Seek and find the core, where it stems from. The community. You cannot find the cure without knowing the cause.
We need to invest back into each neighborhood. Create community coalitions within each ward. Assemble volunteers who know what is occurring in their surroundings. Bring in police representation where people can share their ideas, frustrations, experiences. Talk with each other. Listen. Citizens are the best first-hand witnesses and representation which reflects the nature of the causes of the crime.
What is the definition of housing? Housing is a place to call home, a roof over your head for protection. Every one matters, from low-income families to people residing in the streets.
It was reported that in the past ten years over $300 million was spent on the shelter system. Last year there were over 1.3 million vacant houses, plus thousands of empty apartments. Money needlessly wasted, which could have been properly spent filling those units, by taking people off the streets and occupying them.
Re-zoning about 65-70% of untouched land in the city could be re-developed, building low-level apartment rental buildings with nearby parks, retail, schools.
Also the land could be converted to bungalow houses, each with front and backyards, self-maintained. Non-profit concepts would be a welcome return to mainstream equitable-shared neighborhoods.
The rise in demand for TTC services, the reduction in availability and the increase in fares has placed an incredible strain on the taxpayers, especially people on low or fixed incomes. Budget cuts should have started from the top, with retiring outdated over-salaried positions and perks, administration expenses reduced, putting the money back into public services. There needs to be more community involvement when it comes to accountability of affordable livability and reduced stress of all levels of income.
Also, some companies reimburse their employees for TTC fares, easing their burden. Government incentives could be established in which the citizen and employer would both benefit.
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