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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 2 months ago

Petition to Lyda Krewson

Reopen New Life Evangelistic Center!

All it takes is a catastrophic event or debilitating illness to cause even the richest of men to suddenly become needy and homeless.  For anyone stricken and stuck in the streets of St. Louis, this place has been a beacon, a sign of somewhere to go and of someone who cares! Reverend Larry Rice Ministries and staff have been working around the clock to resolve the issues that have arisen, including repairs made to the physical building located on Locust St., but attempts to meet with or grant the permits to reopen the doors of  New Life Evangelistic Center are currently hindered by a lawsuit against New Life and the city of St. Louis, which has been filed by uncooperative neighbors to keep the doors shut, rather than to share new ideas and work together for the safety and welfare of everyone!  Your voice matters and you can make a difference by signing this petition, or directly calling the Mayor. (314) 622-3201   Maybe you don't know what it's like to endure a debilitating illness or ruin on a personal level yourself, to have to struggle with adversity as you sort through the debris and remove the rubble just so you can rebuild, and I hope you never do, because I can relate to those who have found themselves in the center of chaos, and I know how horrible the helplessness feels. As independent as you have been trained to become and to believe that you are supposed to be, consider how it is so that a business can't thrive, let alone survive without customers, which implies therefore that even the greatest of them are all codependent.  This is why it is so vital that we learn to work together!   Center's like New Life not only provide the immediate necessities to survive, but people are encouraged to allow themselves to grow spiritually as they are introduced to new skills and jobs training programs, vital for the victory in the quest of recovering from homelessness! Lyda Krewson is the Mayor of St. Louis.  With the understanding of the plight of the ill,  heartbroken, and homeless, and the generous deeds of Larry Rice and his staff, and with the center having a long history of cooperating with the city to provide shelter for the homeless, including our war-torn Veterans and lost daughters and sons, this is a deed that should be signed, sealed, and done! Let her know your thoughts too, either by signing this petition and commenting or even by making a phone call directly to the Mayor. (314) 622-3201  Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated!  "And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." (Isaiah 32:2)   Visit the NLEC on the web Join the conversation on Facebook: See more opportunities to get involved with New Life Evangelistic Center on Twitter:

House of Prayers Inc.
52 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Morton Grove Community Members

Place Little Free Pantries on Morton Grove Village Properties

A Little Free Pantry is a place where neighbors can leave food for those who may need food or experience food insecurity.  It is also a place for people to take food from when they are in need.  It is a grassroots movement meant to be supported and taken care of by neighbors in a community.  On 11/24/2017 a Little Free Pantry was installed on Morton Grove village property at the corner of Menard Avenue and Greenwood Street. There was overwhelming support from many community members who embraced and supported this cause.  There were also members of the community who did not support this cause and called the police department and village hall to express concerns.  The village, in order to avoid confrontation, determined that it was easiest to require the removal of the Little Free Pantry from village property. Food insecurity is a reality that many individuals face.  Did you know, 27% of the student population at Park View Elementary is considered low income and 32% of the student population at Niles West High School is considered low income? Additionally, this pantry is to promote sharing, giving, and community which means that even people who don’t face food insecurity can and do benefit. Who hasn’t forgotten the cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving or Christmas when the store was already closed?  Promoting a Little Free Pantry may seem scary or like it’s “not for this community” however, the differences we promote and embrace are what make this community and the surrounding area such a rich place to live.  Please support the Little Free Pantry by signing this petition and by visiting it in Morton Grove on the 8900 block of Menard between Greenwood Street and Lake Street.  It is on the east side of the street.    Take what you need, leave what you can.

Alyssa Hofeld
369 supporters