30 seconds to save the Arts in Toronto

This is a very important message and one that I feel very passionate about!

Take a moment to read this over, then copy the message below, send an e.mail and forward on to all of your friends!

You are being forwarded this email as a person who cares about Toronto.

Did you know the city’s budget crisis could mean the end to theatres, galleries, festivals, concerts and all funding to writers, artists and musicians? It could also mean the end to libraries, community centres and health programs—everything that makes Toronto one of the world’s most livable cities.

Your action now can prevent this.

The city has never been closer to the brink. In just 30 seconds you can help avert cuts to the fabric of our city:

1. CREATE a new email, addressed to clerk@toronto.ca; cc’d to: dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, hhampton-qp@ndp.on.ca, john.tory@pc.ola.org

2. TYPE the following subject line: “Yes to land transfer tax. Please copy to Mayor and City Councillors (arts)”

3. PASTE this paragraph into the body of the email (or make up your own):

“Dear Mayor Miller and City Councillors:
My Toronto includes:

  • the arts
  • libraries
  • community centres
  • recreation programs
  • public health services
  • museums
  • and the TTC

To protect my city, I support the land transfer tax as an immediate solution to Toronto’s financial crisis.

your name
address
postal code”

4. DON’T FORGET your name, address, and postal code at bottom

5. PRESS send.

PLEASE DO THIS TODAY. THE CITY VOTE WILL BE SEPTEMBER 20!

10,000+ EMAILS NEED TO REACH CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK. EACH ONE WILL BE READ.

FORWARD WIDELY.

There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the land transfer tax. Did you know:

  • The land transfer tax is a one-time 2% cost payable only when you choose to buy a house; if implemented it will avert large annual property tax increases payable each and every year
  • First time home buyers will receive a rebate for the land transfer tax
  • Only 6 cents of every tax dollar you pay goes to the city. The remaining 94 cents goes to the provincial and federal governments.

For more information on the land transfer tax, and the city’s upcoming vote www.fairtaxes.ca.

For more information on Toronto artists’ response to the city budget crisis click www.torontoartscoalition.org.

The artists and audiences of Toronto thank you for adding your voice to the growing movement to save our City.

Signed,
From The Arts For the City

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