I've been toying with the idea for weeks and weeks.
Yes, I want to stop the "Gravey train at City Hall"!
Yes, I want to pay less taxes
Yes, I want to freeze the land transfer tax etc...
But who is the right person for the job?
so I went and dug up some info about where do these city councillors stand on liberal issues such as "Sex Clubs" and here is the article from June 2008 that I found:
Swingers' clubs anger Toronto's city council
By JENNY YUEN, SUN MEDIA
Inside Club Wicked's "exhibitionist room" a tanned blond wearing aviator shades and a tight, cropped police uniform straddles her husband......
A curious couple peeks through beads on the doorway. "Can we play?" they ask, and wait for a nod before hopping onto the bed........
At a council meeting in June (2008), 33 city councillors voted in favour of a motion to close two Etobicoke swinger clubs -- Club Hers and Menage a Quatre.
Etobicoke-North Councillor Rob Ford, who supported the motion to close the clubs, said he doesn't feel swingers clubs reflect what Toronto stands for, even if they do attract tourism. Yet, it was only last year when the city invested $150,000 for racy ads as part of their Live With Culture campaign to boost tourism.
"Families and people like that," Ford said this week. "They're the ones who bring the money to the city."
"Toronto being sex capital of the world wouldn't bode too well with tourists in general," he said.
This fall, the city manager will begin work in consultation with the police, planning department, public health, fire services and municipal licensing and standards to oust the swinger clubs.
There is certainly a lot going on inside the clubs.
On a Saturday night at Wicked, it looks like a scene from the movie Eyes Wide Shut, but without the masks.
Husbands and wives begin kissing wildly and hands start to wander. Some change partners and others opt for the anonymity of "glory hole" booths. On the top floor, a hallway fan buzzes to dry off the sweat. There is chatter on the patio where towelled and naked bodies go for a post-sex cigarette. There isn't even a tinge of pushiness in the air as the couples walk hand-in-hand and climb into bed with four other couples too busy to notice their presence. Between the moans of ecstasy, you can hear fiendish giggles.
But "Toronto the Good" has always struggled with morality issues......
"You look at the very few raids that have been done in places and so-called bathhouses in recent years so obviously there's a much more permissive attitude on the part of politicians. The public interest groups that support these places are much more vocal and politically connected," said Staff-Sgt. Al Verwey of 13 Division. "There is generally an attitude that if the public isn't complaining about it very loudly, the police aren't going to enforce it very rigorously."
There is some irony, then, in the city's current confrontation with swingers clubs.
"People always get bent out of shape when heterosexuals want to have sex, and I don't get that," said Peter Bochove, owner of gay bathhouse Excess Spa on Carlton St. and an activist in the 1981 raids. "If everyone going into this club knows exactly what they're going into and kids aren't walking by giant signs, then no one's being harmed."
"The city isn't suspicious anymore, it rigorously loves diversity," she said. "We're a changed culture where it's now seen as wrong to criticize different lifestyles."
And the bottom line: Swingers clubs are legal.
LEGAL SINCE 2005
The Supreme Court of Canada made them so in 2005, ruling that two Montreal swingers clubs that allowed sex on the premises between consenting adults did not violate decency laws because it didn't harm society.
Club Wicked has a doorman who not only keeps out the young, impressionable and curious, but turns away those who don't meet the club's standards of physical attractiveness.
Aurora Benzion and her husband Shlomo told the Sunday Sun their club allows experienced, curious adults to indulge in sex with other couples in a safe environment. But at the same time, they've built a "positive" relationship with their community.
"It's better than a nightclub because they're not drug addicts or ... long lineups or people who make a lot of noise," Shlomo said.
Club Wicked evolved from the "sex mansion parties" the couple ran in 2003. They moved to a space at Richmond and Church Sts. a year later but found it too cramped and, in 2006, landed at Ossington Ave. and Queen St. W.
Their regulars come weekly from all over the GTA, Hamilton, Oakville and Niagara Falls. The owners boast 30,000 members on their website worldwide. Tourists from Boston, Chicago, Tampa and Germany have all come here to swap partners and the Benzions are organizing some buses from Michigan to come to Wicked.
"We're becoming a destination for liberated Americans," Aurora said. "I don't think they can find this kind of entertainment in their country anymore. Our clientele is very upscale."
The higher echelon of society -- lawyers and doctors -- as well as regular blue-collar folks can be found within the walls of Wicked on any given night. Though, to make it to the upstairs Shlomo's Penthouse area where all the naughty stuff goes on you have to fall into the Benzions' ideal of "fit and attractive."
Aurora suggests swingers clubs are part of a trend that is seeing more people explore their sexuality. Many got into the "lifestyle" (although some prefer to be called "hedonists") because it allows them to explore their fantasies together without cheating.
"The younger people are less worried about what will people say," she said. "People who are over 40 want me to blur their faces if I take party pics of them but those in their 20s and 30s are fearless."
"There's not very much the city can or should do," Excess bathhouse owner Bochove suggests, arguing the gay community experience shows the Supreme Court decision trumps anything municipalities can attempt to do, including public health inspections or zoning.
"But at least then people can sue the city," he said.
Even city officials have trouble with where the lines are.
Mark Dimuantes, Toronto's municipal licensing and standards senior policy officer, said swingers clubs don't require a licence but added "it probably wouldn't be a good idea for the city to licensed them because then they become an accepted land-use."
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I've looked at the poll results on this site and wonder how most of you could vote for someone who hates your lifestyle and claims that if someone has aids they must be a heroin user or be a gay man. Or if they are not gay, must have had sex with a bi-sexual man. What will this guy do if he is in control of our city?
The problem is what are the choices out there?
is a replica of the previous City Hall - Emptied the city coffers, sold themselves to the Unions. Everyone is talking about the garbage strike, but we were plagued by a whole number of them including the infamous 3 months York University strike! Nobody compensated those students for a year lost...
is selling himself to the other Union (you know, the ones who decided to strike just when TIFF started) making an international mockery of Toronto! Coupled to that he has a string of budget scandals attached to him. Last thing I heard was that he was going to penalize/compensate? (not sure the term used) businesses who hire/don't hire young Y Generation "It's all about me" .
A waspy hic, outspoken, with DUI infractions, an embarrassing accusation of aggression towards his wife (which was conveniently never around), but he is the only one who says what people (and business owners) want to hear: "City Hall is going to take their hand out of your pocket!"