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Petition to Kathleen Wynne, Charles Sousa, Eleanor McMahon, Han Dong, Joe Cressy

Save 401 Richmond

401 Richmond Street West is a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building turned arts-and-culture hub in downtown Toronto. It is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, social innovators, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops. Now looming property tax increases threaten to price tenants out of this long-time sanctuary for dozens of Toronto's non-profit cultural organizations. "401 Richmond, a beloved downtown hub of non-profit culture organizations in a reclaimed factory, has been hit with a property tax increase that could spell its end." - The Toronto Star The Premier and others in her government need to take action and update provincial tax policy now in order to ensure the preservation of cultural centers like 401 Richmond. The last tax assessment is terrifyingly high -- it's now a matter of great urgency. "This building and its extraordinary roster of tenants was made possible through the generosity and vision of its owners - a rarity in Toronto, and an example the city needs! It must be protected!" - Vera Frenkel In 2012, UrbanSpace, the building’s owner, paid close to $447,000 in property taxes, with its rate increasing steadily to that point at 1 per cent per year. Then in 2013, it jumped to $520,280. By 2016, the bill was within a few hundred dollars of $700,000. Without some kind of intervention, the building’s 2017 tax bill will be $846,210.73. "City council has delivered a clear statement to the province: New provincial tax policy is necessary if we are going to protect and support important buildings like 401 Richmond," - Ward 20 Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy While UrbanSpace has absorbed the worst of the increases, tenants have shared some pain. And with taxes projected to go as high as $1.29 million by 2020.The only way for this address to pay the proposed tax is for the current building to be torn down and a 40-storey tower built to replace it -- action needs to be taken immediately. "Please don't let artists and creators be dispersed and driven out of the heart of the city! A totally sterile urban landscape is not what we need!" - Margaret Atwood Please sign and share this petition if you wish to protect 401 Richmond as well as other cultural and creative centers like it. To go the extra mile you can call and/or write to your MPP and tell them to change the provincial tax rules that inappropriately tax heritage buildings. What to Share on Social Media Link: Hashtag: #save401richmond Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne @SousaCharles @EMcMahonMPP @401Richmond Square Logo: *for Instagram sharing Full Logo: Where to Send Letters Premier Kathleen Wynne Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 (Photo Eduardo Lima, Metro)

Phil Tucker
12,640 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Please permanently remove "Alirras" from Instagram

Many users on Facebook and Instagram know of a user named @Alirras, who is notorious for stealing, lying and harassing users. I've started this petition in hopes to get her permanently removed from Instagram, where she is repeatedly submitting traced and stolen artwork from an artist who goes by the username Dauxycheeks. I have filed copyright complaints against her over 10 times now, all of which has resulted in the content being removed. But still, Instagram continues to let her account remain active, regardless of how many complaints they receive on this user. I am not the only person this user has stolen from, she has multiple posts about her on Facebook regarding the tracing, lying and stealing. She has been permanently banned off multiple websites, including FurAffinity, Amino, IMVU and has even had a few of her Facebook profiles removed. Instagram is the only application I can't seem to get her off of, no matter how many times I e-mail them. I'm tired of having to police her profile, looking for my stolen work and taking time out of my day to have it removed.  Artists work hard for what we do, any and all income we get goes to support our every day lives. People that have the audacity to steal and replicate for their own profit, have no business being on any type of social media, until they can learn to have respect for the property of others.  This petition will be sent to Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook, who now also owns Instagram. Please sign this petition to help me end this constant headache that has been going on for well over a year now. You can see another post regarding this person here:

Stephanie Spellman
313 supporters