War on Trash: Day 24

Posted on July 15th, 2009 2 great comments. Room for one more!

What kind of filthy surprise did the War hold today?

another heap

Okay, so you’ve seen plenty of trash heaps on TCL, so what? Well, this particular detention centre has been of special interest to me because it’s in my neighbourhood. Also, it doesn’t really seem to be growing. That’s very unusual considering the closing of other centres that have already reached capacity.

Even though I’m happy that my street seems to be so thrifty with refuse, I’m genuinely perturbed as to how this pile has managed to stay pretty much unchanged while others have grown beyond their limit.

And what about this dangerous pesticide that is so harmful to our nearby fauna?

rabbit things

So lifelike! These herds of grazing bunny things at Metro Hall are proof positive that everything’s a-ok. And it turns out that concerns over the chemicals’ effects on local flora were also greatly exaggerated:


The 416/79 brigade and our troops are still at it, tossing peace treaties back and forth like a live grenade. Neither side seems to like what the other is offering and there is no indication that an end is in sight. But on the streets where the battle is fiercest, I see things steadily improving; much, I’m sure, to the dismay of the enemy. The front-line troops that, not so long ago, had taken so much abuse now seem to be coping with ease:

wellington trash

If anything, the War has simply become tedious. The province hasn’t seen the need to send in the arbitration commandos and I’ve even managed to find a reliable fly paper supplier. At this point, the fruit flies’ best bet is to grab only essentials, pack up the old station wagon, and drive straight out of my kitchen for that open window as fast as they can. Picketers, take note.

One day, long after this is all over, I wonder what the 416/79 garrison will tell their kids when they ask why Canada Day was canceled in 2009. Old uncle Jim will sit there, tears welling up in his eyes, replying only with a frail, choking apology.


2 Comments on “ War on Trash: Day 24 ”

  • Inge
    July 16th, 2009 9:54 am

    Several years ago when the New York sanitation workers were on strike, the Mayor or maybe it was the Governor, anyway, he intervened on behalf of the city. Sanitation workers were allowed by their union to cross picket lines to collect refuse if the public health of the city was at risk. You would think that the city officials in Toronto would have come up with this idea by now to at least rid the city of some of the piles of refuse in certain areas of the city.

    As a by note, I thought I would tell you that the sanitation worker's strike in Memphis, Tn in the late 1960's lasted 64 days. Hopefully, your city can reach some sort of agreement before then.

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  • Patrick
    July 17th, 2009 7:01 am

    Sixty-four days?! Wow, I really hope it doesn't come to that, although another garbage strike in Windsor, Ontario (about a four hour drive from Toronto) is pushing the one-hundred day mark. I wonder if they've contacted the Guinness people.

    About crossing the picket lines; I don't think city hall has the authority to allow that, but the province does (our version of a state), and they don't seem to think it's a health issue yet. We're still waiting for the Premier (our version of a Governor), to get involved, but he's a bit of a putz.

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