Comment 28100

By Grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted January 09, 2009 at 20:44:09

I guess I did not get my point across very well, sorry I was in a hurry. I think that it would be good if there was a public forum, as to what direction this city should be going in. I do not know Mr Stinson or what he represent, but I think it would be good to have open dialogue about issues such as a living wage, benefits, to those potential employees of this building. I am wrong for thinking this way?

Yes, something has to happen, most definitely to the downtown area, as this ward is one of poorest, my concerns are based around the fact are those who are the most vulnerable going to be pushed by the wayside for those coming from Toronto with their money.

Maybe I do not want to see another Lister block where the taxpayers are on the hook for funding this project, not that it is a definite scenerio. Sure job creation is an important issue, I just think that for this community to move forward, that there should be more public input into what this city actually needs. Just because someone has money, does not mean that those who do not, don't have valuable input to offer.

The way I see things is that the business community has all the say but the people have none, I refer back to an article last spring in the spec where we had the business lobby calling for all kinds of cuts to services to those who are the most vulnerable, how is this democratic, when a communty is made up of all kinds of people. I will ask this question: How many of those in the business community actually effect those that live in poverty by not adhereing to the labour laws, such as stat holiday, or paying overtime, citing law that is non existant in the employment standards act?

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