Update: Toronto CUPE Strike Supense
Update 2: Add to the Insult, Macleans Magazine's Cover feature Mayor Miller in a garbage can with a banana peel with raccoons all around him. That adds to more insult to the city and brownie point to the unions. Yikes, now we know who Maclean sided with!
Update: Launch of OneToronto.ca
Due to the prolong garbage (mostly) strike, some local citizens launched a site to documented their progress of their community garbage/litter pickup in their community (currently at Toronto Centre) and you can see their progress at the website.
Since Friday morning when Mayor Miller presented the proposal to the unions and the unions later rejected the proposal deemed not worthy for them, the union offered a counter-proposal since Friday. We haven't heard from the city yet since.
According to CTV Toronto and The Toronto Star, some issues begin to show within its union memberships. The specifics of whom are going back are not confirmed by the city.
Meanwhile, I have been witnessing garbage have been piling up in the TTC buses! Yes, an anonymous person told me that Turtle Island have the contract with the TTC garbage. But people begin to bring their garbages to the buses and haul to the dump sites and or they have garbages and leave their fruit or bottles or papers there. (note: I am in guilt for not picking up, but bus driver note that its his job)
In the streets, in Yonge and Bloor area, its where the tourist are and its where the writer reside also, the pileup now becomes a selected mess, why? Its because some are trying to keep the garbage mess bearable. You can see some of the pictures at my Flickr which I would link at the end.
I am also concerned when I heard that some of the Caribana events can be hurt by the strike. Its one of the tourist attractions for Toronto. It is already not very attractive having garbage piling up when having Japanese King and Queen visited Toronto a few days ago, which was scantly mentioned. In any culture, it would not be nice to have your country piling up garbage in one of the biggest city during the summer. We must not forget that we also have the panAm Games to bid on(which means the requirement of selling Toronto at its best), which is now looking more arduous as the strike drags on. We might as well go back to the word of mouth selling the city of Toronto, which is for the past while, in a various time of stages, have its ups and downs.