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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
12,487 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Kari Norman Arnold, That Photographer Guy Who Winks at Everyone, Chase


It's been over a month since you, Chase and Kari, were married on April 14, 2017. We, your wedding guests, your esteemed friends, and unassuming internet-victims who have stumbled upon this page, are growing weary of living without these fragments of captured light. Where are these wedding photos? (Did the event even really take place? Were we drugged? Is nothing real?) We're not saying it's your fault, because we know you're busy. We know you've tried. We know that this is overkill. And yet it is for these reasons that such overkill is necessary- this task is obviously not high priority stuff, but given the intensity with which we feel in our hearts a need for public display of these photographs, we have taken it upon ourselves to create a higher priority for this by taking it to The Internet.  The purpose of this petition, then, is to light a fire of inspiration and courage within your heart that will act as a torch during your journey of emailing the photographer again and being like "HEY man, at this point, just mail me your DSLR, I will pry this memory card out of its cold, dead, slot by myself and slap it on Facebook in a matter of seconds so they'll finally shut up." (If postage costs of mailing a full camera to your location is of concern, I can set up an IndieGoGo page. Oh wait, I ALREADY DID.) In fact, you could also just email him this link, it might subtly send the exact same message. IN CONCLUSION, Please, relieve us from our suffering. We've done our waiting. Release the photos. Redeem 2017. Only you can save us.

Amy Whiting
14 supporters