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article imageOp-Ed: Toronto Caribana festivities might be canceled due to city's civic strike

By KJ Mullins     Jul 12, 2009 in Politics
Caribana, a festival that brings in about a million people to Toronto, may have some of this year's events canceled because of the city worker's strike. The event makes money for the city. It's time to take a stand -- let's fire the city workers Toronto.
The strike has been underway for three weeks now, during the height of tourist season. Stinky garbage heaps dot the downtown.
Employees whose children rely on city daycares have had to scramble with daycare arrangements. Now it's been announced that another festival that brings millions to the city will have some events canceled.
Perhaps those city workers forgot that those who really pay them could get a little ticked off by their actions. Yes, sick days are important. Yes, job security is vital. Still, in this climate of economic uncertainty everyone is on edge.
This year those in Toronto can't even venture to the Toronto Island by ferry to relieve stress. That's another spin-off from the strike.
Perhaps those who want the "best" for Toronto should be replaced by those who will help insure Toronto runs during the season that makes the city the most tourism buck.
Caribana's launch party has already had to be moved because of the strikers picketing Nathan Phillips Square. That party will now be held at Yonge-Dundas Square costing $10,000.
The workers may have thought that if they disrupted Pride Week with their demands the city would fall on their knees and beg them to return to work. That didn't work.
City officials instead cleaned up themselves after the parade.
Is it time for those same officials to put out an employment fair and replace workers that would rather hold the city hostage than deal with a loss of benefits?
Mayor David Miller at Toronto Pride Parade
Mayor David Miller at Toronto Pride Parade
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This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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