Daily Archives: July 24, 2009

Union issues ultimatum to city

Mark Ferguson, pres of CUPE local 416 issues new deadline for contract
If settlement not reached by midnight July 26, union negotiators walk away
By Kris Scheuer

So it’s day 33 of the strike and the union has issued an ultimatum to the city.
It is a day off for me at my job as a city hall news journalist, but I wanted to update you on the labour dispute.
It’s just before 5 p.m. July 24 and I’m watching a press conference televised live with Mark Ferguson, president of CUPE local 416. He just made a dramatic announcement that if his union and city negotiators don’t reach a labour settlement by midnight this Sunday, July 26 then CUPE local 416 will walk away from negotiations.
“I few minutes ago, I told the city’s negotiators that time is running out. We must have a settlement by midnight Sunday…or we are finished,” said Ferguson.
For the full transcript of his remarks, click here. Continue reading


Toronto beaches unsafe to swim

City water tests reveal four city beaches temporarily contain too much E.coli
Sunnyside, Woodbine, Balmy, Bluffer’s beaches are risky for swims today: city
By Kris Scheuer

Swimmer dives in at Woodbine Beach. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

The good news is Cherry Beach is totally safe for a splashing in, according to the July 24 test results by the water department.
Unfortunately, that is the only Toronto beach with safe levels of E.coli posted today.
The city recommends against swimming at Sunnyside, Woodbine, Kew-Balmy and Bluffer’s due to high levels of E.coli detected in beach water.
So Torontonians and visitors, would you swim at any of the city’s beaches?
Have your say, are our beaches swim worthy or not? Continue reading

New Toronto dumps open July 24

Two dumps close today at Caledonia Park and North Toronto Memorial Arena
New trash sites open tomorrow at Otter Creek Centre plus Amesbury Arena
By Kris Scheuer

Looking to dump your trash legally on day 33 of the city’s strike?
I have listed all 26 dump locations, so it’s easy to find the closest site to you and which ones are already full.
The newspaper I work for the Town Crier also has an updated map of all dumps.

There are 19 neighbourhood trash sites to choose from that are currently open:

Two new ones open July 25 as of 7 a.m.
-Amesbury Arena, in the parking lot at 155 Culford Rd., south of Lawrence Ave. W., enter off Culford Rd.
-Otter Creek Centre in the tennis courts at 140 Cheritan Ave., south of Lawrence Ave. W., enter off Rosewell Ave.

17 temp dump sites already open at:
Campbell Park – outdoor rink 225 Campbell Avenue (near Lansdowne and Dupont). Enter off Campbell Ave., northof Wallace Ave.
-Clairlea Park Arena parking lot at 45 Fairfax Crescent West of Warden Ave., north of St. Clair Ave. E.
-Centennial Arena Community Centre: 1967 Ellesmere Rd. Enter off Dolly Varden Blvd., south of Ellesmere.
-Eglinton Flats (1) Enter off Eglinton Ave., east of Jane St.
-Eglinton Flats (2) Enter off Emmett Ave., west of Jane St.
-Etienne Brulé Park Old Mill Rd. at Catherine St., east of Humber River.
-George Bell Arena at 215 Ryding Ave., south of St. Clair Ave. W., east of Runnymede Rd.
-Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Arena at 580 Finch Ave. W., in parking lot.
-Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant at 51 Beechgrove Dr. In parking lot at end of Beechgrove Dr.
-L’Amoreaux Park parking lot at 100 Silver Springs Blvd. Located east of Birchmount Rd., north of Finch Ave. E.
-Moss Park. South of Shuter St., north of Queen St. E., west of Sherbourne St.
-Scarborough Arena at 75 Birchmount Rd., in parking lot.-Villiers St. Paved roadway between Saulter St. and Cherry St.
-Sir Casimir Gzowski Park. Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., west of Sunnyside Park (must be east-bound on Lake Shore to access).
-Sunnyside Park. Parking area south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., between Ellis Ave. and Colborne Lodge Dr. (east-bound on Lake Shore to access.)
-Taylor Creek Park. Enter off Haldon Ave., in parking lot at end of roadway.
-Villiers St. oaved roadway between Saulter St. and Cherry St.
-Wilket Creek/Sunnybrook Park at 1132 Leslie St. Enter off Leslie St. just north of Eglinton Ave. E and proceed to the southern-most parking lot.

Two sites close July 24:
-North Toronto Memorial Arena. Northeast of Eglinton Ave. and Oriole Pkwy., enter off Edith Dr. Closed July 24 at 7 p.m.
-Caledonia Park at 1135 Caledonia Rd., in parking lot. Closed July 24 at 7 p.m

Five sites at capacity are now closed:
-Earlscourt Park. West side of Lansdowne Ave., north of Davenport Rd. Closed July 15.
-Wishing Well Park. In parking lot, north of 401, west side of Pharmacy Ave. (south of Sheppard Ave. E.) Closed July 15.
-Ted Reeve Arena. Northeast corner of Main St. & Gerrard St. E. Site closed July 15.
-Christie Pits park, enter off Crawford St., north of Bloor. Site closed on July 5.
-York Mills Arena at 2539 Bayview Ave., enter off York Mills Rd., east of Bayview. Site closed as of July 3.