Two stories in the local media today provided a perfect illustration of what's wrong with City Hall.
First, Emma Reilly reported that the Public Works Committee opposes moving to biweekly garbage collection. City staff had recommended keeping weekly compost and recycling pickups but only picking up household waste every second week - a move that would have saved between $1.5 million and $2.8 million per year.
Secondly, Matt Jelly published an update on the state of two vacant lower-city properties full of toxic waste. In a nutshell: absolutely nothing tangible has happened in the past eight months to make these properties safer.
In other words, our elected councillors seem to consider it non-negotiable that household waste must get picked up every week. But unprotected hazardous waste in residential neighbourhoods can wait to be cleaned up until some indefinite point in the future, if at all.
Will Councillors Jason Farr and Bernie Morelli accept this twisted state of civic priorities any longer?
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