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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