Less discouragement, more small business

I have read the story from the latest Coast regarding bylaw J-101 and an attempt by a local businesswoman to open a secondhand store in Downtown Dartmouth (“Bylaw busting,” Arts by Sean Flinn, September 16).

I find it absolutely ridiculous that the bylaws differ within the various boroughs of the HRM. Wasn’t the amalgamation of the four cities supposed to create some sort of unity? And the $400 annual licence fee is a blatant tax grab. Why does this municipality continue to stick it to the small business owner?

I live in Dartmouth. I would love to see Ms. Charlene Croft open an actual store, selling used books, CDs, DVDs, art, toys and kitsch. Downtown Dartmouth could certainly use the diversity. But as usual, another stupid bylaw dissuades small business growth in Nova Scotia.

—Ronald Boal, Dartmouth

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