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Thursday, July 27, 2006
Politics puts people out of business and employees out of work in Toronto.
Three hundred plus employees will be out of work if The Docks Entertainment Complex loses its liquor licence on Friday.
Toronto Islanders, who got what even the mainstream media called a "sweetheart deal" on their controversial 99-year leases, have been out to shut down The Docks for years. In this election year, they have the ear of their local councilors and The Docks has a date with destiny in court 10 a.m., Friday morning.
The Islanders, who boast they elected anti-Toronto Island Airport Socialist Mayor David Miller in 2003, were paid $36,000 and $46,000 for their leases, which run to 20092.
Its been too easy for Toronto politicians to drive hard-working Torontonians out of business. Miller is headed for a second term, come November, and has no competition in Councillor Jane Pitfield.
Incredibly, the highly political Toronto Island with its population of about 600 people, all but run Miller.
"We go to court on Friday, 10 a.m., where if we lose we cannot afford to keep our doors open and will put 300 + out of work," says Tammy Grisdale, director, The Docks Entertainment Complex. "We HAVE to win to give this community an exceptional event/entertainment venue back; to say a thank-you larger than words can say; to ensure jobs for our staff; to help pave the path that other businesses cant be so easily be put out of business; to ensure a stronger economy and city growth, and last but definitely not least, to once again get the chance to prove to this city and all the people in it that we are a responsible Corporate Citizen.
Since word began drifting out that the Docks was being pushed up against the ropes, thousands of letters have arrived from patrons, clients and the public at large.
Dock detractors sole complain is about noise.
"We are a good Corporate Citizen, We bought a state of the art sound monitoring system two years ago," says Grisdale. "We are the only venue that has one, we use it and we have since the day we got it. We are accountable and responsible."
With no real competition on the political scene, frustrated Torontonians cannot boot Miller out of the mayors office in November, but they can make a difference to protect jobs and to keep business alive in Toronto.