My Opinion

September 25, 2013 in Public Forum

Hello, I’m a management professional (34 years old) so my opinion is one of a taxpayer who has many years of paying taxes in Markham and I’m a hockey fan (play in rec leagues and attend games in Toronto, Ottawa and elsewhere).

It appears these are the initial stages of proposals and counter proposals.  The current proposal from Remington is weak and essentially seems like exploitation.  Even if they had a guaranteed NHL team this current proposal is still weak for the city.  The worst is that Markham would instantly take a debt position and then not be able to recover any revenue through land tax of the stadium itself.   The levy on new homes is a distortion on how tax is to be applied.  A tax is to fund something for the public good not a private for profit venture that would not do direct profit sharing with the city.

Maybe a stadium would increase the profile of Markham but at what cost?  Sounds like the story of the Skydome but without any major league team as a possible tenant.  When the Skydome was getting built, it was pretty much a guarantee that the Blue Jays and Argos would play there.  In the case of Markham, there isn’t even a prospect.  MLSE will ensure that its market doesn’t get diluted.  It doesn’t even want a team to go to Hamilton let alone Markham!

If you look at the area around Kanata (where the Ottawa Senators play) it doesn’t look like the product of “economic benefits” based on the arena being there.  Whenever I’ve gone to games there, we have dinner in Ottawa and then go straight to the game and then back to Ottawa.  Toronto is not far from Markham and is still the big draw.

As far as negotiations are concerned, my take is that the Remington group is leveraging the public’s interest in wanting an NHL team but the public in Markham is not naive.  It is time for the city to take a stand and put forward a strong counter-proposal on the table to see if the Remington group is serious about working with Markham as an equitable partner instead of a small city desperate to play in the big leagues.

Perrik Le Dreff

Template Opposition Letter?

September 25, 2013 in Public Forum

Perhaps I have missed something somewhere, but does the MCCRG have a template letter that anyone can copy and email to Council, registering opposition to this ridiculous arena proposition?

H lindsay

 

Past President & One of Founders of Federation of Ratepayers

August 14, 2013 in Public Forum

I have lived in Markham for over 34years and was involved in creating the original Federation of Ratepayers of Markham, to act as a leadership device for presentations to Council concerning planning issues, development and the environment. I am personally ashamed of how this entire process has been handled for the potential arena and especially the manner in which this Council has held meetings ” in camera” and not even had a formal RFP issued for this entire NHL arena development. It has been a really cavalier example of not including the public in an issue that will have create major debt problems, destroy our tax base from development and therefore our “reserve” budgets, which are used to offset future infrastructure needs. This will also lead to huge traffic concerns, as well. It does not bring any revenue to the city, as we are responsible for the debt first. We must stop the momentum that this issue has developed and allow the people of our Community an opportunity to see the ” business proposal” or financial schemes that is the basis of this arena concept, as we have been denied this information. The vote is September should be to return to the proper RFP process for this type of undertaking and also bring transparency back to the process. Enough of the concept that this information is too dangerous to be public knowledge.

D’Arcy Pigott

 

 

 

Misleading Ad

April 27, 2013 in Public Forum

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