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[24 Jul 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Residents fight Moss Park dump expansion

By JUSTIN SKINNER, InsideToronto
With news that the dump at Moss Park will likely expand as soon as Monday, some local residents are doing what they can to divert waste away from the public space.
Moss Park’s basketball courts are currently piled high with trash, and with room running out in the enclosed space set aside as a temporary dump, the site will soon have to grow to encompass part of the soccer field, as well.
In hopes of minimizing the impact of waste in the park, some local residents have taken to …

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[17 Jul 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Residents protest the City’s decision to use Campbell Park as a temporary dump site

By M. Monastyrsky, CampbellPark.ca, CELOS
On Thursday evening residents who live near Campbell Park protested against the City’s decision to use the site as a temporary garbage dump. It was a bit of a circus.
When I got there at 5:15 pm, police and media were already on the scene. There were TV trucks with high antennas parked on the grass next to the wading pool. There were handmade protest signs attached to the fence. There were also two wreaths by a sign that said McGuinty and Miller ‘have blood on your …

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[5 Jul 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Down in the dumps | The stench, the garbage, the bugs — and soon pesticides — have park lovers crying foul

By MICHELE MANDEL and DON PEAT, The Toronto Sun, SUN MEDIA
It’s the pits alright.
As Toronto residents lined up to drop off their trash on the second-last day the Christie Pits dump was in operation, many people trying to enjoy the park were left steaming hotter than their new neighbourhood trash pile.
The gagging stench rising from the dump was too much for Maria Silva and her son Joseph yesterday, so they left the park and headed back home.
“It’s disgusting,” the mom said, as her disappointed seven-year-old pulled on her hand. “Doing …

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[5 Jul 2009 | Comments Off | ]
City granted injunction to spray garbage in dump sites with pesticide

From CP24
The City of Toronto has been permitted an injunction to spray garbage at temporary dump sites with pesticide despite opposition from residents.
Many residents around Christie Pits have been opposed to the park being used to store trash. They’re not happy about the garbage being sprayed with insecticide to treat a growing maggot problem.
The City had to go to court for an injunction to go ahead with the spraying after pest control crews were denied access by protesters and picketers.
Himy Syed with the Friends of Christie …

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[2 Jul 2009 | Comments Off | ]
Official complaint lodged over dumps

By DON PEAT, The Toronto Sun, SUN MEDIA
They’ve called the dump the pits, now they’re hoping the Ministry of the Environment will do something about it.
Friends of Christie Pits Park told the Sun they have lodged a complaint with the ministry this morning after days of dumping in their Bloor St. W. park.
Members of the group and local residents have held protests around the park’s outdoor rink since the City of Toronto began using it as a temporary dump site for the ongoing civic workers strike.
Group member Himy Syed says the …

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