Last week Doug Ford drove around and blamed the 3rd wave of Ontario’s COVID outbreak on people visiting the patios he just declared re-opened. This past Easter weekend, that drive featured tumbleweeds on patios and full driveways at the homes of friends and family ignoring the latest Ontario lockdown.

Where Are Cases Coming From?

This 3rd lockdown, while contentious and necessary, has the Premier and his Progressive Conservative Party playing a dangerous game of political football with Ontario’s residents. The Ontario Government’s own publicly available COVID stats indicate new outbreaks are coming from Schools and “Other”, which can be read as Fulfillment Warehouses and Food…

Hello, my name is Aaron Binder, I’m the President of the Corktown Residents and Business Association, Chief Experience Officer at Go Tours Canada and call my grandparents at least once a week.

I’d like to thank the Committee for inviting me to speak today.

We all understand the importance of Small Business to Canada’s economy and fabric of our communities. Over 70% of Canadians own or are employed by a Small Business and many of those in one way or another are related to our province’s Tourism Industry.

I’m here on behalf of the Tourism Industry and also to represent…

Hi I’m Aaron Binder, President of the Corktown Residents and Business Association and Chief Experience Officer of Go Tours Canada. After surveying dozens of businesses in our neighbourhood, my team began advocating for Commercial Rent Relief, an eviction freeze and grant programs instead of loans.

Our survey data indicated that on May 1st, over 70% of businesses in our neighbourhood would be unable to pay rent. May 1st has past and according to a recent survey by Save Small Business, only 1 in 5 landlords is taking advantage of the CECRA program. …

Like so many Small Business Owners, I’m tired. May 1st is here and Commercial Rent is due.

Like many in my position across Canada, I’ve spent the last 6 weeks advocating at every level of government for Commercial Rent Relief. I’m tired of watching the business I’ve built for 15 years disappear while every other G7 Nation provides stimulus for their Small Businesses.

Just over 2 weeks ago, the Federal government announced CECRA, a program that allows Commercial Landlords to take a loan and use it to offset their Tenants’ rent payments from April-June. …

Originally Posted on The Huffington Post.

Co-written by Aaron Binder and Nicholas Tsergas

The world has changed much in recent years and perhaps none more so than this year on January 20, the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. During the recent American election cycle, many Canadians observed from the sidelines — at first with chuckles when Donald Trump entered the Republican primary. Chuckles soon turned to nervous laughter, and in the election’s closing days finally devolved into shrill cries of “But don’t they know about Rob Ford?!”

The Trump situation takes place within its unique American context and many…

Aaron Binder

The Toronto-based Social Entrepreneur. CEO Go Tours Canada + Segway of Ontario.

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