Photo by kalleboo.
For a while, it looked like the furry little critters inhabiting Toronto’s waste-addled sidewalks and gutters were the only ones getting a break this week. It’s bad enough to have the trash piling up in the city’s green spaces, themselves untended for the duration of CUPE local 79 and 416′s labour action; it’s worse that there’s such incensed, heat wave–crazy rage that motorists are taking it out on the picketers with their cars. But then we caught wind that the LCBO—our sweet, sweet LCBO—would throw down as well, possibly walking off the job this morning at 12:01 a.m. You can take our services, you can pollute our streets, you can thicken the bouquet of an already fragrant Queen West, but our booze? We’re lucky the frenzied, last-possible-second shoppers at Queen’s Quay and elsewhere didn’t riot yesterday.
To the relief of sweltering Ontarians, however, the LCBO’s much-dreaded strike—for now, at least—has been averted, thanks to a tentative deal reached between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). Contesting the lack of benefits for casual workers, who comprise 60% of the LCBO’s seven thousand employees, the union announced earlier today that talks would continue, while this afternoon’s deal ensures that the province’s 608 LCBO stores will remain open.
So drink ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. And if you were a bit more intrepid in your survival plan, it’s probably safe to drain the homemade gin out of your bathtub.