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Pay up to sell used CDs: City

The City of Toronto thinks you need to be protected from the likes of Peter Genest.

The City of Toronto thinks you need to be protected from the likes of Peter Genest.

His trade: Dealing mostly in new records, with a few second-hand CDs, out of a shop on Bloor Street West near Ossington Avenue.

The city’s demand: Cough up $555 for a special licence to sell second-hand goods.

For Genest, who has been scraping a living from his small shop for the past two years, it’s a sudden and unexpected demand for cash he can’t readily afford.

And neither he, nor politicians who make the city’s bylaws, can think of a reason why he should have to.

When asked whether he could think of any reason why a shop selling used CDs should need a special licence from the city, Councillor Howard Moscoe, who chairs the city’s licensing and standards committee, replied in a single word:

“No.”

 
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