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[30 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Strike gets personal with online war of words — Unions complain to Twitter and Facebook after provocative messages, personal phone numbers are posted online

By Brodie Fenlon, The Globe and Mail
It’s a provocative Twitter post, even for a union local that shut down curbside garbage collection across Toronto.
“Helping to ruin YOUR child’s summer by expanding designated dumps to neighbourhood playgrounds,” said the tweet, posted yesterday by “local416,” whose Twitter page links to the official site of the Canadian Union of Public Employees local representing 6,200 striking outdoor municipal workers.
Inflammatory? You bet. Real? Not a chance.
CUPE has filed complaints with Twitter and Facebook, and the union scrambled over the weekend to get online comments …

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[29 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Despite the rain, another BIG success on Bloor!

By Ghazaleh Etezal, Big on Bloor Festival
share your media on this year’s Flickr pool Facebook group or #bigonbloor09 Twitter. Thank you Himy Syed for the BiG letters stopping to capture the festival!

A 2.5 km section of Bloor Street West, from Christie to Lansdowne, became a car-free space for a day of fun, games and art.

Grab the local Bloor News paper to get your full guide to the festival.
Saturday June 20, 2009 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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[25 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | ]
UPDATED: Dump site is the Pits – Residents fume over possible trash-stash plan

By DON PEAT, The Toronto Sun/ SUN MEDIA
Last Updated: June 25, 2009 5:22pm
Even before the city has announced locations of temporary dump sites, residents are threatening to boycott and set up pickets at the dump sites.
Christie Pits residents told the Sun that if the park is made into a temporary dump site, as is expected to be announced this afternoon, they’ll do whatever they can legally to keep the Pits from filling up with garbage.
“I think it’s a reasonable thing to voice our opposition in every possible legal …

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[25 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Dump site is the Pits – Residents fume over possible trash-stash plan

By DON PEAT, The Toronto Sun, SUN MEDIA
Last Updated: 25th June 2009, 9:22am
Christie Pits residents are fuming at the thought their beloved park could be turned into a temporary dump.
While the city has yet to announce the location for its new temporary dump sites, residents see temporary fencing being set up and figure the park is about to get filled with garbage.
Friends of Christie Pits say the decision stinks, especially after watching the 2002 strike ruin the park with piles of garbage from the 16-day city strike.
The group is planning a protest for 11 a.m. today …

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[23 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | ]
City managers clear illegal trash piles

By DON PEAT, THE TORONTO SUN, SUN MEDIA
Mounds of trash that had started to grow in Christie Pits park are now gone.
City of Toronto managers descended on the park just after 9 a.m. to clear away trash leftover from a weekend festival and illegal dumping that started after city workers walked off the job early Monday.
The growing piles sparked protest by local residents just hours into the strike and has led to a growing petition urging the city not to use parks as temporary garbage dump sites as the labour disruption …

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[23 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Toronto Garbage Strike: Smells like Summer

Photo: HiMY SYeD / photopia, on Flickr
By Corina, blogTO
If you were lucky enough to have missed the garbage strike in Toronto in 2002 (or any of the subsequent service disruptions since) don’t worry – in this city it’s becoming a regular tradition.
Only a few short years since the last strike, City workers have again walked off the job, shutting down services like summer camps and swimming pools, and suspending Toronto trash collection. Nothing says summer like a stinking city full of kids on summer vacation …

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[4 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Only Obama could go to Cairo

In 2029, on the 40th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, we will look back and say, “Only Obama could go to Egypt.”

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