The Current Situation Toronto (a.k.a. Accordion City)

City of Toronto and Unions Made a Deal

"Oscar the Grouch" from Sesame Street

…which means that if it’s ratified on Wednesday, the strike will well and truly be over. If that happens, garbage collection and other services provided by the people represented by CUPE Locals 416 and 79 could theoretically be back by Thursday. For reasons unknown and unfathomable to me, it has been said that services could take days or weeks to resume. 

Toronto (a.k.a. Accordion City)

The Toronto Strike / Where To Take Your Trash [Updated]

Update (Monday, June 22, 12:21 p.m.): If you’re planning on taking your trash to the transfer stations, please note that picketers have been blocking the entrances to the trash transfer depots. I would recommend checking the news before you head out to a transfer station.

Photo: Small trash bags dropped off on Toronto street

It’s on: Locals 79 and 416 of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) has called for a strike after the city and the union were unable to come to an agreement on their collective agreements.

What the Press Says

Services Affected by the Strike

Here’s what services are affected:

  • Garbage/Recycling/Green Bin Collection
    Cancelled, except in Etobicoke and apartment/condo buildings (including my place!), where it’s contracted out. People are being asked to store their garbage for as long as they can, or drop it off at the city’s garbage drop-off points (see the map below).
  • Ambulances/Paramedics
    Still operating, but 25% of paramedics are expected not to work on any given day during the strike. Best not to get injured right now.
  • Daycare Centres
    All 57 daycare centres are closed.
  • Island Ferries
    All ferries – except the one to the Island Airport – are cancelled.
  • Parks and Recreation
    Parks will be open, but there’s no ground maintenance. “Programming”, such as summer camps, classes, drop-ins and lessons are cancelled. City-run golf courses, wading and swimming pools, fitness and community centres are closed. Automated timers aren’t in the union, so splash pads on automated timers are still running.
  • Public Libraries
    Branches are still open, except for 5 that use city facilities: Armour Heights, Flemingdon Park, St. James Town, Todmorden Room and Port Union. Branches at City Hall and Metro Hall are open, with adjusted hours.
  • Weddings
    Wedding ceremonies at Toronto City Hall will continue during regular business hours. Permits for wedding photos in city parks are cancelled. Wedding facilities in East York, Scarborough and York are cancelled. Only previously scheduled ceremonies at North York Civic Centre will continue.
  • Parking
    Parking enforcement continues! Deadlines to pay tickets will not be extended. No new permits will be issued.
  • Taxes
    Property taxes still have to be paid on the due dates, but drop boxes in civic centres will no be available. Best to pay them via mail, your bank or drop box in public library (if it’s not one of the affected ones).

Garbage Drop-Off Points

If you need to get rid of garbage, the following locations will take it:

Toronto garbage drop-off points

Scarbrough Transfer Station (1 Transfer Place) Victoria Park Transfer Station (3550 Victoria Park Avenue) Dufferin Transfer Station (35 Vanley Crescent) Disco Transfer Station (120 Disco Road) Commissioners Street Transfer Station (400 Commissioners Street) Bermondsey Transfer Station (188 Bermondsey Road) Ingram Transfer Station (50 Ingram Drive)

  1. Ingram Transfer Station
    50 Ingram Drive (Keele/Eglinton area)
    Open 24 hours
  2. Bermondsey Transfer Station
    188 Bermondsey Road (Victoria Park/Eglinton area)
    Open 24 hours
    (I wrote about this place in a 2004 article titled Midnight Trash Run.)
  3. Commissioners Street Transfer Station
    400 Commissioners Street (Lakeshore/Logan area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  4. Disco Transfer Station
    120 Disco Road (Carlingview/Disco area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  5. Dufferin Transfer Station
    35 Vanley Crescent (Chesswood/Sheppard area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  6. Victoria Park Transfer Station
    3550 Victoria Park Avenue (Victoria Park/Finch area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  7. Scarborough Transfer Station
    1 Transfer Place (Markham Road/Sheppard area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.