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Petition to British Columbia Government, John Horgan, Carole James

Stop BC's Speculation Tax

The BC Government has proposed what they call a "Speculation" Tax in their 2018 Budget.  The objective of this tax is to prevent "foreign" real estate owners from driving up the price of BC real estate by purchasing BC real estate, leaving the properties vacant and then flipping the properties simply to make a profit, thereby driving BC real estate prices higher. I am caught in the tax below as a “Satellite Family” except that we are a Canadian Satellite Family not what the term generally means in the BC Real Estate world, i.e. wealthy investors from outside the country. I am currently an Alberta resident but I have owned property in BC as a vacation home since 2006. I consider the Okanagan home. My husband was raised in Coquitlam and attended UBC. We will retire there in a few short years. We are residents, not speculators. We and many of our friends and family from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan have visited our Okanagan home and spent many weeks and months there as residents.  We spend thousands of dollars in our home community every year, at restaurants, Superstore, Save-On Foods, wineries, restaurants, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, the list goes on.  We are residents, not speculators. BC Residents: Please sign this petition. We do not want to leave our home but we cannot afford the "speculation" tax which more than doubles, and then more than quadruples our property taxes. If we sell, and we would have to, we not only have to abandon our dream vacation home but we take all of our spending with us. Who will buy our home? A BC resident? Maybe, or maybe an actual speculator. Ministry of FinanceTax Information SheetISSUED: February 2018 Information Sheet 2018 Tax Info Sheet The speculation tax will target foreign and domestic speculators in BC. These are homeowners who have removed their units from BC’s long-term housing stock –meaning they are not owner-occupied or a qualifying long-term rental property.Satellite families - households with high worldwide income that pay little income tax in BC - will also be captured by the tax.The speculation tax will initially apply to the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Capitaland Nanaimo Regional Districts, and in the municipalities of Kelowna and WestKelowna.In 2018, the tax rate will be $5 per $1,000 of assessed value. In 2019, the rate will increase to $20 per $1,000 of assessed value. The owners of this petition can be reached at stopspectaxbc@gmail.com Find your MLA here:  https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members

Stop BC Speculation Tax
17,346 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Chair Alan Caslin, Sandy Annunziata, Dave Augustyn, David Barrick, Brian Baty, Bob Bentley, Gary Burroughs, Frank Campion, Henry Dangela, Patrick Darte, Jimmy D, Sandra Easton, Kelly Edgar, Bob Gale, Paul Grenier, Brian Heit, Bill Hodgson, Doug Joyner, Ted Luciani, Debbie MacGregor, John Maloney, George Marshall, Bart Maves, Tony Q, Wayne Redekop, Tim Rigby, Walter , bruce.timms@niagararegion.ca , Selina Volpatti, Office of the Ontario Ombudsman

INVESTIGATE: Hiring of Niagara Region CAO D'Angelo

Serious allegations regarding the integrity of the process by which Niagara Region hired its current CAO have recently come to light.   According to an investigation by veteran reporter Grant LaFleche, of the St Catharines Standard, the confidential process was compromised by an internal leak. It is alleged someone, at Chair Caslin's office, colluded to give Mr D'Angelo confidential information on “the names of other candidates and their biographies”. It is further alleged there were “internal efforts at the Region to clear the path for D'Angelo” in a “predetermined decision”. Due to the severity of the above allegations, we feel an independent investigation is warranted; an internal audit is neither appropriate nor sufficient. The proper avenue for an investigation into accusations of corruption is through existing provincial framework such as the Ombudsman’s office or the OPP. Should anyone be found to have violated public trust, or peddled influence, they should face charges per the Canadian Criminal Code. https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/8376169-special-investigation-region-s-cao-hiring-compromised-by-leak/   IF YOU BELIEVE CAO Carmen D'Angelo should resign because of his failure to do the job properly, including the #PressFreedom fiasco of December 2017:  https://www.change.org/p/resign-niagara-region-cao-carmen-d-angelo 

Emily Spanton
432 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Alan Caslin, Jim Bradley, Cindy Forster, Wayne Gates, Sam Ooster, Brian Baty, Dave Augustyn, Sandy Annunziata, Bob Bentley, David Barrick, Frank Campion, Jim Diodati, Henry D'Angela, Kelly Edgar, Patrick Darte, Sandra Easton, Bob Gale, Paul Grenier, Brian Heit, Bill Hodgson, April Jeffs, Doug Joyner, Ted Luciani, Debbie MacGregor, John Maloney, George Marshall, Bart Maves, Tony Quirk, Wayne Redekop, Tim Rigby, Walter Sendzik, Bruce Timms, Selina Volpatti, Carmen D'Angelo

Resign: Niagara Region CAO Carmen D'Angelo

Following the shocking seizure of respected veteran reporter Bill Sawchuk's laptop and notes by staff at the Niagara Region on Thursday, the 7th day of December, 2017, we demand that Chief Administrative Officer, Carmen D'Angelo, resign. Freedom of the Press is the cornerstone of a free society and one of the tenants of Canadian democracy; an apology does not suffice for this flagrant disregard of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/bill-sawchuk-reporter-niagara-region-council-1.4439855 https://twitter.com/ChiefMcGuire/status/939230078231371776http://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/local/minister-of-municipal-affairs-issues-statement-on-incident-involving-reporter-at-niagara-region-1.3491517 http://www.cjfe.org/cjfe_condemns_the_seizure_of_st_catharine_s_standard_reporter_s_notes_and_laptop http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/niagara-regions-violation-of-press-freedom-is-inexcusable-caj-662861913.html https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/12/08/canada-wide-journalists-organizaation-condemns-seizure-of-st-catharines-standard-reporters-notes-and-laptop/ https://twitter.com/FEW_Niagara/status/938960395401875458

Emily Spanton
495 supporters