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Waterloo City CouncilAs reported by the Waterloo Chronicle on August 15, 2012, in their article, A better way:

She now goes out of her way to avoid the Northdale neighbourhood and the surrounding area because she can’t stand the look of the bland, characterless apartments currently being built there.

Yet while city staff and some councillors say the city must walk a fine line to balance the enforcement of visual and aesthetic guidelines with the rights of developers — even going so far to consider using millions of dollars in incentives to rebuild Northdale — there are some builders in the city who have already taken that next step without a handout from the city.

If Waterloo City Council really cared about the property rights of individuals, they wouldn’t take millions of dollars in the form of property taxes in order to redistribute them to other property owners. Particularly, I see favouritism toward well-monied property owners, but it’s become so commonplace these days, even when it’s as blatant as taking money from the unemployed and underemployed for something as blatant as video game research, as I previously documented in my article, Canadian government calls for austerity, awards $5.8 million for video game research.

The last sentence of the paragraph I quoted shows that private developers can succeed in spite of regressive policies such as the one Waterloo City Council has floated.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007)

On May 25, 2012 the federal government agency, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, announced $5.8 million in federal funding for video game research at the University of Waterloo over the next seven years.

I personally know a resident of Kitchener-Waterloo who is a former employee of the BF Goodrich plant in Kitchener and made over $25 an hour until he was laid off around 2006 and is now only making $11 an hour as a security guard. His wife was unemployed the last time I heard earlier this year despite being a registered nurse and able to work if only union rules and government regulations weren’t so tight.

Another person I know is a former employee of Piller’s, who used to make $18 an hour and has been unemployed this year after being laid off when Arnold Meat Packers went bankrupt and cheated him out of over $2000 in pay for work already rendered.

Given RIM’s troubles, there is word they plan to lay off more well paid employees locally.

It’s about priorities.

While the government announced the closure of several visa case processing centres on April 30 with the reason of cost savings, it prioritizes video games over uniting overseas spouses from many countries with their Canadian spouses, including those whose applications were being processed by the former embassy in Damascus, Syria, where the 80% waiting time rose from 9 months to 14-17 months from 2011 to 2012, despite the four months of available processing time at other embassies since the Embassy closed at the end of January 2012.

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