Local government is addicted to taxes. We're constantly battling new high-rise development in our small city. City councilors publicly claim to be anti-development, but they can't say no to more property tax "revenue". Mix in a provincial government that is pushing an "infill" policy, small towns and cities don't stand a chance. My city (technically a city, but always had a small town vibe) has been aggressively pursuing a "growth" model and what has come with it? Constant gridlock and bums on every highway offramp and intersection. Now with all this work from home crap, all the scum from the city are moving here, and they are obnoxious, rude and aggressive. Can't wait to get out of here, one day.