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Scene: Leaf Pickup in Etobicoke

WHERE: Albert and Cavell streets, in Mimico.

WHEN: Yesterday at noon.

WHAT: In tree-blessed Mimico, City workers collect leaves and send them off for composting. Explains Torontoist photographer Christopher Drost: “Residents are asked to rake their lawns to the curb and then City crews show up and push it into the road…and the machine comes along and scoops it into waiting dump trucks at the end of the street.” Not everyone in Toronto get this service, though, and as the Toronto Star reported yesterday, the City spends $500,000 each year on leaf pickup in Etobicoke and some parts of Scarborough. KPMG’s core service review did not look at leaf collection, and Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East) told the Star that the leaf-collection service can be attributed to “petty political brinkmanship.”

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