Posts Tagged ‘City Council’

Finally! Council Approves Deal To End Strike

A bit of grandstanding by some but Toronto city councillors voted this evening to approve the deals worked out with two CUPE unions. The strike is over!

The special day long meeting resulted in a 21-17 vote in favour of settling. Seems like a decent compromise despite media hype, doomsday projections and hyperbole.

Read the background info. This was one of the lowest settlements among public sector employees in the province. The city is allowing some OT for union workers to clean up the mess BUT is not restricted to hiring contractors if it saves the city money. (Note that some contractors have billed, some who have needed their services The sick day plan benefit has been grandfathered much the same way as in other municipalities like Mississauga.

The bargaining committee for the city, and Mayor Miller, did a relatively good job. If many were paying attention the strain on the city’s finances, started with downloading by the Harris Conservatives. More services dumped down have meant more we have tax increases. All told, while some benefits are still intact for unionized employees, demographics will favour the city as pay outs and the costs of these will fade away. The unions get modest increases and don’t completely hijack to city’s pocketbook.

The workers are back, the services are restored. We’ll have two weeks of unlimited Green Bin and garbage pick up. The ferry services will return to full service Saturday too. Let’s enjoy the rest of the summer and the the Caribana Parade!

Spring Means New Food On The Streets

Of course when hunger strikes you have many options. Buy groceries and prepare your own meal. Perhaps you may treat yourself or the one you love to dinner at your favourite restaurant. In a pinch you might grab some “street meat”. The concept of variety and street vendors used to be veggie, sausage or regular.

As of today 8 applicants have been added to Toronto’s street food choices. I’m hoping that this “Toronto a la Cart street food pilot project” becomes permanent after this Spring’s launch.

Regulate all vendors, as we do any restaurant selling food to the public, and Toronto will be no worse off (perhaps an even better place). Of course purists can still grab a hotdog after the game but the prospect of pad thai, souvlaki, nann and rice, and more would be amazing.

Yes, Toronto has many flavours. Can’t wait for the Spring to savour more.

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