The City of Toronto proclaims a lot of special weeks and days, primarily to help raise awareness for various issues or worthy organizations, and their latest proclamation will be for ... tape. Red tape.
Or more specifically for reducing red tape.
At a media conference on Monday, Jan. 21 at City Hall, in the Members Lounge, Mayor Rob Ford, flanked by councillors Michael Thompson and Peter Milczyn, will declare Jan. 21-25 Red Tape Awareness Week in Toronto.
And Mayor Ford, according to a city media release, will “highlight some successes the Toronto Public Service has had in cutting red tape for businesses and residents.”
The initiative, for the fourth year, is the brainchild of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and their president and CEO, Dan Kelly, will be on hand for the proclamation.
The CFIB, on its website, said that “when it comes to running a small business in Canada, red tape is everywhere, it’s the $30 billion ‘hidden tax’ that leads to lost jobs, stress in the workplace and higher prices for goods and services.”
Red Tape Awareness Week, it added, “is an opportunity for all Canadians to push back against the paper pushers in government.”
It’s also launched an online petition, which it promises to deliver to governments, along with a number of related initiatives including:
• The Golden Scissors Award: Who’s leading the crusade to cut red tape within government?
• Canada’s Red Tape Report (with U.S. comparisons): Breaking down the problem of red tape, by the numbers.
• Provincial Report Card: Some governments are worse than others when it comes to red tape. How did your province do?
• CRA Report Card: Grading the Taxman – See how the Canada Revenue Agency treated small business in 2012.
• Agri-Business Focus: Talk about being stuck in the mud – See how agri-businesses fared against government red tape.
• Ridiculous Red Tape Stories: You’ll be amazed by these real-life stories of red tape run amok in Canada.
To sign the petition or for more info visit http://www.cfib-fcei.ca/english/article/4659-red-tape-awareness-week-2013.html