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Daycare, garbage, EMS essential services?

Toronto councillor wants these city services deemed essential
The issue will be up for debate at power Exec Committee Sept 8
By Kris Scheuer
(Originally written Aug. 7 for Town Crier.)

Enduring 39 days without trash pick-up, city-run daycare and full emergency medical service wasn’t anyone’s idea of a great way to start the summer.
While Torontonians don’t want to see another strike like it anytime soon St. Paul’s councillor Michael Walker wants to go a step further. 
He doesn’t want them to strike again … ever.
The midtown rep thinks its wrong and is advocating for essential services status for all these city programs. 
Walker brought forward three motions to city council Aug. 6 to ask that the province mandate daycare and children’s services, garbage collection and EMS as essential services, like police and fire, which would legally prohibit striking.
There was no debate on any of his recommendations, but rather these motions were referred off to the Executive Committee’s September 8 meeting.
Walker outlines his argument for each programs being declared essential. Continue reading

City services resume as strike ends

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Clean up of trash and litter starts July 31. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

Workers will resume all strike-affected services starting with emptying trash
By Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier July 30.)

Toronto’s summer can now begin, Mayor David Miller said at a press conference this afternoon.
“The resumption of all city services beginning at midnight tonight,” he said. “I want to thank Torontonians for their continued patience and good will. 
“While it may take us a few days, Torontonians can expect to have all of their city services up and running by early next week,” he added. “This has been a challenging time for Toronto.” 
Starting at midnight tonight, you will start to see workers picking up litter and emptying garbage cans. On Sunday the 26 temporary dumps will be cleaned up. Continue reading