Testimonials

The following are testimonials by Beach residents about the fallout on a community after City Council gave Tuggs Inc. exclusive control of all food, drink and merchandise sales in four area parks.

Friends of the Beach Parks Submission to Toronto City Council

As founder of the Friends of the Beach Parks and as a long-time media commentator on cities and architecture, I call on members of the Toronto City Council to cancel the unacceptable lease agreement with Tuggs Inc. allowing it to hold a monopoly on food and retail...

Helen Hatzis Founder, Aloha Toronto

I’ve been running Aloha Toronto, an annual stand-up paddle board day camp event for children and adults with autism since 2012. We raise about $5,000 every year which I’m proud to say goes towards educational grants for autistic children. We now operate it at Balmy...

Letter to City Hall Paula and Ian Kelso Long-time Beach Residents

Imagine our surprise when a Tim Horton’s opened on the beach in the spring on the Tuggs site of business. Our understanding was that no chains were allowed to do business under the provision of the 20-year lease, which is itself a disgrace to the councillors who...

Monica Penner, Letter to City Hall

To whom it may concern – If the untendered process by which Tuggs Inc. came to operate a food complex on city property in the Beach was to keep out big chains then that the process has failed. The sudden appearance of Tim Horton’s, with over 4,000 outlets around...

Carole Stimmell Editor, Beach Metro News 1995 – 2012

Back when I was editor of Beach Metro News, I interviewed (then) councillor Sandra Bussin about the proposed extension of the Tuggs’ lease. She told me that there were rumours that a number of large chain operations were interested in the site and she did not feel...

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