As partially functioning, fully stinky Toronto lurches its way into the second month of a civic workers’ strike, weary residents including Chris Christodoulou have adjusted, repeatedly, but are running out of ingenious workarounds.
For the past 29 days, the owner of the popular restaurant Pan on the Danforth has stockpiled his business’s organic waste and recyclables in his storefront, but his stack of cardboard is taller than he is, and he’s out of room.
And then there’s the trash. The Greektown business improvement area started a pickup plan for its members, but when that turned out not to be enough for Christodoulou, he started paying a private contractor $200 every three days to take the trash away.
“It’s coming to the point when you feel like throwing the bags in the middle of Danforth,” he said.
Staff at Percy Waters Florist nearby have coped by making frequent trips to deposit cardboard at a recycling plant in Scarborough.
“It’s a pain, but you get used to it,” said co-owner Carmen Visconti.
Outdoor athletic associations have been working up a sweat juggling their schedules. The Toronto Baseball Association has somehow managed to avoid cancelling any games, thanks in part to a handful of strike breakers who cross picket lines to mow city lawns.
But that Band-Aid solution could soon peel off, as temporary dump sites and out-of-control grass render some parks unusable.