Ontario can be a funny place. Many of our cities are Blue cities, voting conservative like clockwork. Some cities are Red cities, voting liberal like clockwork. The late Jack Layton (may he rest in peace) brought a refreshing Orange Wave and certain ridings were Orange for a time, but it didn't last. Brampton? We tend... Continue Reading →
What is the cost to educate a child in Ontario? it's hard to say. There is a funding formula used by the Province, which is combined with local resources, and there are two school boards, it is a lot of data. Now, an article from Time.com in 2014 that suggests the following U.S. data: "According... Continue Reading →
It has been argued that Mississauga has a lower residential tax rate than Brampton. Mathematically, I suppose that is technically true. Last year, with all three levels combined (city, regional, school), the residential (RT) tax rate was approx. 0.99% for Mississauga, vs. Brampton's 1.103025%. So 113 basis points apart. This means, that for the same... Continue Reading →
Property taxes are a funny thing, because they just keep going up! Don't they? Well, sort of. See, it's actually NOT the taxes that keep going up ... it's the Property Values that keep going up. I hear you already: don't lie to me Jackson! I know my taxes went up! Have I ever lied to you... Continue Reading →
Leadership is a balancing act. There are many competing interests that need to be addressed in any situation, and there never seems to be enough money to do everything you'd like to do. This blog is (mostly) about the things I would do if I were really in charge. Granted, a Mayor is no more... Continue Reading →
You know what my readers love more than anything in the whole world? Data! Facts, figures and charts! Woo Hoo! And Buzzwords, Slogans and Catchphrases! Hooty Hoo! So, for my faithful readers, I have captured some aggregate data on Industry Employment from 2006, 2011 and 2016. Exciting, isn't it? So, without further adieu, I present... Continue Reading →
This post is in progress, and will be added to as I work my way through the 2016 Census Data. Is growth in Brampton slowing down? 2006 2011 2016 Population 433,806 523,911 593,638 Growth -- 90,105 (+20.8% approx.) 69,727 (+13.3% approx.) Rate of growth, measured by a percent increase of residents over 5... Continue Reading →
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