Day 4: Toronto Garbage Strike- We Are A “Bunch of Babies”?

According to Economic Development and Trade Minister Sandra Pupatello, that is.

Gee, thanks for your support.

I am sure, there are probably crybaby whiners out there who are bitching and moaning about how horrible this is but thank you for lumping all of us in that group.

Why didn’t you throw more salt into the wound when you had the chance by bringing up the infamous call to bring in troops to deal with a big snow storm? (Thanks again for that legacy of shame, Mr. Lastman.)

I know it is fun for the rest of the country to malign Toronto but its residents are far from a homogenous mass that blindly adheres to a hive mentality. As it is with all things, a few people spoil it for the rest of us.

This is going to sound absolutely ridiculous (and may give credence to Ms. Pupatello’s snide comment) but every Thursday in the summer, there is a farmer’s market set up in the space across from my office. I had it all planned out that I would do burgers and fries for dinner followed by a pie from the market- something that was made fresh early this morning with fruit from a local farm.

It was going to be our treat this week.

I actually had a spring in my step on the way to work in anticipation of my farmer’s market pie. But my happy pie mood ended when I realized the spot where the farmers would normally be set up was empty.

The only reason I can think of for the cancelation is the garbage strike. This is the first time I am directly affected by the cancelation of garbage pick-up. You can only do so much about the stupidity of others. Almost all garbage bins are now stuffed or the garbage has been slipped in behind the plastic. Yes people- that really makes a difference. In my mind, it is akin to littering- you just didn’t drop it on the ground.

But I digress.

I am not going to cry because I won’t be having their pie tonight but I am sure it is going to be hard for the people who have to find another avenue to sell their fruit and vegetables and baked items. Maybe I now is a good time for me to perfect my crust….

I don’t know how it is affecting other businesses or local tourism. It is something that will be difficult to quantify but the longer this thing lasts, the worse it will be.

People tend to have a very myopic view of how something like this will affect them. It will be inconvenient but we’ll deal because we have to. I can’t help but wonder how this action will affect the vibrancy and reputation of the city in the long run.

Only time will tell.

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~ by angryegg on June 25, 2009.

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