It has been an interesting experience. We have been called “Scabs” but I think you can only really be a scab if you are getting paid…I think we prefer being called concerned citizens…
For what it is worth…(not much, I am sure), here are some of my observances as an experienced “garbage collector” and “concerned citizen”:
- When something happens, like a strike, it is amazing to see how the Community rallies around…great to see the Don Vale Residents Association supplied a large Bin for garbage pickup at the corner of Winchester and Sumach each Saturday.
- I was amazed at the number of smokers who just through cigarette butts into the street and I would guess, do not consider them litter.
- A lot of garbage that ends up on the street is generated by Coffee Shops, notably Tim Hortons and Coffee Time. I don’t think there is enough of a drive from those companies to get their clients to deal with the litter. The Coffee Time at the Corner of Winchester and Parliament does not even have an outdoor garbage bin. Please contact those companies and suggest they may want to be more active in keeping their exteriors clean. We must have picked up thousands of discarded coffee cups over the Strike period.
- When some of the store owners saw us outside cleaning, only a few said thank you and offered any help. Many thanks! There needs to be a much stronger commitment from the businesses to keep their fronts cleaner including washing and that should be led by the BIA.
- The gas station on Parliament Street at Amelia needs to have an exterior cleaning crew on a regular basis. It is a large privately owned outdoor space and the Company should be encouraged to keep it clean at their expense. Time to treat the exterior better to be a good neighbor.
Sidewalks in the BIA are not as well kept as the streets of Cabbagetown and the Businesses need to be more responsible. However Cabbagetowners need to look at the back alleys next. In the meantime, I suggest that we take next weekend off from the Parliament Street Cleanup. Thanks to all who helped especially Johnny Jetfuel, Jan & Kathy Goulding, the Bortenstein Family, friends Greg & Phil and of course, my patient other half, Benoit!! All the Volunteers were troopers!
BTW if you find the nice sunglasses I dropped, let me know. At least this time I did not sit on them!!