There will be no mercy for Torontonians who dump their garbage illegally, not even for those who face long delays at drop-off points blocked by unionized workers in a strike that threatens to continue through the sweltering days ahead.
“It's becoming clear there is a small group of people who are taking advantage of this strike to use Toronto as their personal dumping ground,” Mayor David Miller said at his first major news conference since 24,000 inside and outside workers walked off the job early Monday.
“We will not tolerate this kind of activity,” he said, warning of fines that start at $380 and could rise as high as $50,000.
So let me get this straight. You're the Mayor of the largest city in the country. You've had a couple of years to negotiate a new contract with your trash collectors and didn't care enough to do it in a timely fashion. Those same workers go on strike and picket all your trash transfer joints and threaten and intimidate everyday, responsible taxpayers that try to drop off their trash at those same transfer stations.
And, rather than providing those responsible taxpaying citizens some form of alleyway to get into said transfer stations, what do you do? Yep, you send out your by-law enforcement guys to fine said responsible, taxpaying citizens.
If the people of Toronto re-elect this guy next year, they have to have rocks in their head.