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Friday, August 7, 2009

Toronto the Recessive

Reading the (online) comments on a resent article in the Toronto Star RE: Councillor wins legal support from city, was a good indication to me that my out rage was indeed echoed by others. Sandra Bussin has asked council to approve her request for Taxpayers to pay for her legal costs against a Local paper which she claims has made false statement’s against her. I think the picture posted with this article says it all. First of the fact she feels she has the divine right to ask council to agree that all tax payers should flip her bill is down right insulting. Everyone has the right to defend them selves in a court of law but no one has the right to expect taxpayer to flip the bill. I would like her to go to every Torontonians door and ask them if they would agree to flip the bill. I bet she would have doors slammed in her face. And what about her own riding ward 32 how many doors would they slam in her face? The fact is her request is so out of line that the City does not have a policy on how to deal with this kind of request. Why? Because, no councilor before had the gall or was stupid enough to make such a request. Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) is right the money that would be spent to pay for her personal lawsuit could be better spent on the public legal aid system which does more good then Bussin is clearly doing for the city.

City solicitor Anna Kinastowski, “ had been asked to come up with a draft policy, said she knows of no other municipality in Canada with such a procedure.”

When no other municipality in Canada has such a policy it should be an indication that other Canadian municipal Politician is stupid enough to make such a request as Bussin has. If Council agrees to allow tax payers to flip the bill it will be a clear indication that Toronto will have to be relabeled
“Toronto the Recessive.”


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