Happy Canada Day - July 1
Except in Toronto, where all events have been canceled. Yes, you read that right, Canada Day events have been cancelled because of a strike by city workers. What is interesting about this is that this past weekend was Pride weekend here in T-dot with both the Dyke March on Saturday and the big Pride parade being allowed to go ahead. What happened to the garbage? Yes well, city management staff and private contractors were allowed to clean it up. But not for Canada Day celebrations, there's no money in it. Pride weekend generates millions of dollars for the economy of the city, Canada Day celebrations probably not so much. It's strictly for the enjoyment of the residents. Seems we don't really count to our wonderful city representatives.
Together with the rotting garbage in city parks, closed public pools, closed city run day care centers and summer camps, this has raised a stink. Most city councilors are missing in action these days, not going to work so they don't have to cross picket lines. During the last garbage strike many years ago my then councillor rented a truck and picked up all garbage from elderly and disabled residents who couldn't go to drop off stations. This current councillor wouldn't even dream of doing that.
So what's being used as drop of stations? The city is using some of the nicest parks in the city as garbage dumps and residents are understandably up in arms. There have been fights between people wanting to drop of their refuse and locals trying to stop them.
I'm still good, so far I have a quarter bag of non smelly trash and I'm hanging on to it. I have a small bag in my freezer for all food scraps and I'm using the composter. The recycling bin is full though and I'll have to start using clear plastic bags soon. I will not take my garbage to a neighbourhood park and add to the residents misery. I know I wouldn't like it if I lived there.
Twenty three days and counting for the wires and cast to come off my foot. I'm going stir crazy not being able to leave my house. I'm even getting tired of knitting, sigh...