How do I check my property tax bill?

Contributor Peter Rinfret took on this assignment. He reports the following —

  • Visited the MPAC website.
  • Noted that “due to increased security concerns” password change is required.
  • Created new password which must be 11 characters – 1 special, 1 upper case, and 1 number plus 8 others.
  • Recorded this password for future reference until the next change.
  • Entered the City roll number and the Access Code on tax bill.
  • Called MPAC to find out why access is denied.
  • Person at the other end insisted that the roll number on the MPAC Property Assessment notice must be used rather than the roll number on the City tax bill even though, with the exception of spacing, they are the same. Entered the number without spaces.
  • Still no access. MPAC voice asked if the Access Key had been entered. I had submitted  the City’s tax bill Access Code. The Access Key and the Access Code are not the same.
  • Deleted the City 7 character Access Code printed on the City’s tax bill and replaced with the 15 character Access Key printed exclusively on the MPAC Property Assessment Notice.
  • Finally — reviewed property assessment.


What is going to happen about turns from Laurier (heading east) onto King Edward (heading north)?  Is the left turn prohibition going to stay?

That is correct. The City doesn’t want to re-enable that turn as they think that this is currently helping to reduce the traffic on Laurier that wants to use it as a route to get to Quebec. They want to keep that traffic flow on Nicholas/Waller.

— John Verbaas


That bright new mural on Viscount Alexander School is certainly eye-catching. Who made it? What does it mean?

Unveiled  on May 24, the mural facing Mann Ave. was a Multicultural Arts Schools Communities (MASC) Awesome Arts project.  Artist Claudia Salguero was project leader and it was painted over two weeks last October by Viscount students in grades 3-6.

The  mural is a colourful and joyous expression of diversity and respect. Sandy Hill Community Health Centre’s youth engagement worker Gerald Dragon writes, “The vibrancy of the colours in the genderless face reflect the vibrant and hopeful way children look at life. The white curved line represents our thoughts, our common appreciation and desire for peace, clean water (dark  blues), pure air (light blue) and the energy of life provided by the universe and the sun (yellows and reds). Students and community members gathered on a rare sunny spring day for the mural’s unveiling and to enjoy the Junkyard Symphony and some snacks. The gathering was funded in part by income from the One and Only Arts and Crafts Fair last fall. Pictured above are Artist-in-Residence, Claudia Salguero, with school and community members at the mural.

—  Sabrina Mathews, with notes from Jane Waterston and Gerald Dragon