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Real City Matters

Join us Tuesday night for a discussion about municipal ethics in Toronto



Talking Trash

Scavenge at will
Torontonians, in their very own passive-aggressive way, love doing two things above all else: writing public notices and sticking it to The Man. So naturally, after the city started mulling over the idea of actually enforcing the anti-garbage-picking provisions in its waste collection by-law (section 844-20 in this PDF), it didn’t take long for some homeowners to disagree. On Hopedale Avenue in East York, one recycling family has attached a sign to its blue bin authorizing scavengers to remove any reusable containers. When we peeked into the bin early on collection day, not a beer or wine bottle was to be seen. Either the scavengers were scrupulously efficient or the homeowner is just teasing them.
Photo by Val Dodge.