I simply do not know who to be more disgusted with, the striking garbage collectors, or the general populace of Toronto. These "poor" strikers are earnign starting wages of CAD$41,000 per year, plus incredible benefits, so cry me a river, boys. You boys want guaranteed job security? Give me a break, this is the real world, so open your eyes. As for unions themselves, I have had little if no respect or tolerance for them. They were formed at a time in labour history when many labour laws were not in effect (I am referring to Canada), and when there perhaps was a genuine need for workers to be protected. I am sick and tired of cities and consumers being held hostage by the incessant whining and, in many cases, unreasonable demands of the dinasour-age bargaining units. Also, arrows aimed at our embarrassment of a mayor, Mel Lastman, for allowing this to get to this stage.
As for Torontonians, never have I been more disgusted and revolted at the large number of pigs who reside here. True colours really do come out in a time of crisis. Many parts of the city are absolutely revolting, due to garbage simply being dumped anywhere. Not to mention people simply discarding fast food wrappings, coffee cups. etc., right on the sidewalks. We now have a growing problem with rats (lovely, eh?). There may be a strike in effect, but certainly this does not warrant a majority of Torontonians to show little if no regard or respect for the city they live in. I am absolutely embarrassed to have tourists see our usually pristine and sparkling city in this state. And I would like to know just when the provincial government is going to get off their asses and legislate the strikers back to the job. There is a very serious health hazard in effect here, only made worse by the current high temperatures and humidex levels. Hello!???
Anyone out there planning to visit Toronto this summer? Stay away. Many Torontonians do NOT want you to remember our beautiful city in its current state. It's temporary. But, unfortunately, memories of a visit here, right now, would last.