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By ventrems (registered) | Posted May 29, 2009 at 07:56:24

Balance can, and is being achieved in Toronto.

In defence of the daycare ban, it is about balance. The local citizens are concerned about several daycare operations setting up shop in a relatively small area of the City. With up to 60 children at each facility, that is a lot of additional traffic, pedestrian and vehicular. The one year ban will allow city planners to do a proper study of the area to ensure multiple daycares will not cause chaos in the neighbourhood.

It is not dissimilar to the ban on new restaurants and bars on Ossington.

Ossington is the so-called new West Queen West. There, a one year ban will allow planners to study whether restrictions need to be placed on development in the area.

From Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, in that article:

"There's a natural tension between people who want to party and are boisterous or so on and people who want peace and quiet because they want to go to sleep," Mr. Pantalone said. "There has to be a balance."

Jarvis, while contentious, ultimately achieved balance. Instead of five lanes for cars and none for bikes, there will be four lanes for cars and two for bikes.

So Jason, in response to your argument, balance can be achieved. It is achieved through processes exactly like the ones occurring in Toronto. Citizens are engaged with their communities, Council responds to citizen concerns, City staff study neighbourhood issues, and we find balance. Through these one year bans, rapid, uncontrolled development can be curbed so as to chart a rational plan for the neighbourhood.

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