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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
11,383 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Hillsborough County Commissioners

Save Our Land & Bakas Equestrian Center - Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County taxpayers are at risk of losing 22 acres of publicly-owned lands including the Bakas Equestrian Center's Horses for Handicapped nonprofit program. We should not sell our public conservation land, we should be acquiring more. We must protect this public property, which connects to thousands of acres of land and trails. We must make sure the cost of relocating the Bakas Equestrian Center and building an additional facility is properly determined and actually worth it.Please sign this petition now so Hillsborough County does NOT sell public lands paid for by taxpayers to private interests and the Bakas Equestrian Center will not need to relocate. Want to help? Here's how:  Sign this petition and share it with friends on social media and by word of mouth.  "Like" our Facebook page now to keep up to date on important events, news, and additional information. Email the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners now to explain you signed this petition and any additional reasons why we should NOT sell our public lands to private interests or risk losing the Bakas Equestrian Center! Join us at the informational session hosted by Hillsborough County Administration at the Keystone Recreation Center on Monday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. in support of saving our public lands and the Bakas Equestrian Center! Join us and make public comment at the next Hillsborough County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday morning, May 17th. We must save our public lands and the Bakas Equestrian Center! Thank you for your support of our community.Want to learn more? From the Tampa Bay Times:  In exchange for paying for construction, Pepin would get ownership of the tract in northwest Hillsborough County currently used by Bakas. It abuts the 67-acre parcel where he and his family live in a $1.5 million home. How much Pepin would pay toward building new stables, offices and barns would depend on an independent appraisal of the Bakas site. He has agreed to pay the appraised value plus $50,000. The land has a market value of $827,000, according to property appraiser records. "I have always been a major philanthropic citizen and have helped hundreds of causes in this community," Pepin said in an email. "I am working hard to satisfy the most people and get the most out of taxpayers' money." Pepin originally offered to pay $430,000 for a privately owned, 18-acre parcel in Seffner and said he would pay up to $450,000 for the construction of facilities there to replace the Bakas site. But his proposal to relocate the center 31 miles away in Seffner led to an outcry from families whose mentally and physically disabled children ride horses at the center. Although located in far northwest Hillsborough, Bakas also draws families from Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. The Odessa and Dover tracts now proposed are already owned by the county, eliminating the need to buy land for the new centers. Kim Hajaistron, whose disabled son, Michael, is a rider at Bakas, said the new deal is better than moving to Seffner. But she remains skeptical that the money Pepin is offering will cover the cost of facilities to match the covered arena, a 13-stall stable and administrative center at Bakas. "His original proposal was laughable at how cheap he wanted to get us for," she said. "I need to see numbers, and we need to go into this very carefully." Hillsborough County officials will this week begin evaluating the new deal, which will likely go for approval before commissioners within the next two months. They plan to get feedback from Bakas parents and obtain estimates for stable construction, said Forest Turbiville, director of the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department. Located on S Mobley Road, Northwest Equestrian Park is about 600 acres and has 6 miles of horse trails.Sydney Dover Trails comprises about 800 acres but roughly two-thirds of that is old phosphate pits and mining areas. Roughly 250 acres are suitable for riding, Turbiville said. Both parks are viable sites but the county also has to consider the cost of running two centers, he added. Bakas costs about $580,000 a year to run. "The one thing we don't want to do is reduce service to the existing Bakas facility," Turbiville said.  

Save Our Land & Bakas Equestrian Center
63 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to You

Launch a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of regenerative medicine!

We're channeling something that’s bigger than a cause. Hundreds of millions around the globe are affected by skin conditions ranging from burns, diseases and victims of genital mutilation to all those impacted on both sides of war. RegenRevo (The Regeneration Revolution) was founded in 2008 out of an intense desire to change the world for the better. We're going to accelerate regenerative solutions by directly channeling the voices and economic power of millions into getting past any obstacle, be it political or scientific, found to be standing in the way. Our core founding mission “The Skin Project”, is exclusively dedicated to clearly understanding the hurdles in the way of regenerative skin solutions, as well as funding targeted research and initiatives that hold the most potential to be made available within our lifetime. Restoration of the appearance and function of our skin will have a profound effect on humanity. While skin is the largest organ in the body, it also happens to be the easiest to regenerate; however public awareness and education about current advancements and future possibilities are minimal. The opportunity for those affected to become directly involved in accelerating these solutions within our lifetime is now here. Regenerating skin using your very own cells may seem far fetched but many people are still unaware that second-degree burns can be completely healed over a weekend or that receiving a lab-grown bladder or trachea is now old news. The issue of organ rejection or dying on a waiting list will one day be a ‘thing of the past’. How soon that day arrives is up to us. To accelerate the organization to our first major milestone, we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign on LaunchGood.Com to help us move into our new 5,000 sq. ft. office space in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s now time to begin recruiting our base. Sign this petition now to join our revolution and stay updated. All we need from you now is to share this petition and continue educating yourself about regenerative medicine. We all know someone that would benefit from the miracle this emerging field has to offer. Our future campaign will allow us to complete renovations for our first office space and if we reach our stretch goals, web development and sustained operating expenses. Our first objective will be the planning and completion of a master report on the state of regenerative medicine and our plans on where we can make the most significant inroads. This will then be published to all of our supporters for review. Your support will be critical to guaranteeing the success of The Regeneration Revolution. Sincerely, Ahmed Almashhadani Founder Dr. Mohammed Almashhadani President M.S.E. Biomedical Engineering Jay E. Hilario Executive Director B.B.A. ∞ The Regeneration Revolution ∞ P.S. Your public petition comments are invaluable to us, keep it coming! Stay informed, like, share and support our mission: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Google+ • We highly recommend watching the following: Regenerating Our Bodies TED Talk Growing/Engineering Organs TED Talk How To Build a Beating Heart National Geographic

The Regeneration Revolution
21 supporters