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Newsstand: August 15, 2013

Thursday is almost Friday, so it's pretty A-okay in our books. Today: The food truck pilot program hits a roadblock; City data reveals hundreds of discarded syringes in Toronto parks and other public and private places; a case study in waste diversion; this year's outrageous eats at the CNE; and a predictable job loss.

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It seems that the food truck pilot project announced in June has already hit a bump in the road. Due to a number of complaints from local residents including issues related to noise and fumes generated by the trucks, the Woodbine Park site has been dropped from the list of pilot locations. The trucks set to host eaters at Woodbine Park will now be sent to Sherbourne Common to join the mobile food stands set up there. At least they lasted two whole weeks, right?

In today’s cringe-worthy news, it has been revealed that there were 140 reports of discarded syringes in city parks, alleys, and private property over the 18-month period of January 2012 to June 2013. The areas in which the largest number of needles were uncovered were Scarborough-Agincourt and York South-Weston, though it was actually residents in the two Toronto Centre-Rosedale wards who most often made reports. Hmm, maybe sole-protecting wedges aren’t so bad after all?

Markham, it looks like we can learn a thing or two from you. While Toronto residents are only diverting about half of their waste from landfills, Markham residents are diverting a whopping 81 per cent. Toronto’s goal is to get to 70 per cent, which is where Markham sat before kicking their diversion program into high gear. What’s the secret behind Markham’s success? It seems to be good old-fashioned shame. While Markham households can put out an unlimited number of bags of waste on garbage day, they have to be in clear bags, which means anyone can take a peek at what’s been stashed inside, including (gasp!) recyclables.

It’s that time of year, once again. The magical time of year in which the CNE unveils its bizarre and strangely tantalizing food line-up. This year’s menu options include the on-trend “cronut” burger—a burger on a bun that is part donut, part croissant—Nutella-topped sweet potato fries, and a bacon peanut butter milkshake, among other artery-clogging offerings.

Remember yesterday’s half-baked tweeter (the one looking to get fully-baked?) Well, he’s moved from social media sensation to unemployed social media sensation. As confirmed by the tweeter’s own Twitter feed, he was terminated from his job at Mr. Lube yesterday, sacked like a bag of Acapulco Gold.


  • allisonjayne

    “The areas in which the largest number of needles were uncovered were Scarborough-Agincourt and York South-Weston, though it was actually residents in the two Toronto Centre-Rosedale wards who most often made reports”.

    Well that’s interesting.

    • dsmithhfx

      So that’s less than two reports a week? Jesus H. Christ on a bicycle.

  • Canmon

    Mr. Dube

  • Astin44

    Does Markham have the same percentage of high-density residential and commercial buildings as Toronto? I’m curious as to how we stack up in the low-density residential recycling numbers.

    • Jess Davidson

      Not sure about the percentages, but, according to the Star, apartment and condo dwellers in Toronto divert only one-quarter of their waste, which is the main drag on the city’s 70 per cent diversion target.

      • Astin44

        I’d believe it. I’m in an older downtown condo, and while we have recycling bins, there is no green bin option. I keep my recyclables separate, and the board tries to drive home that not separating ends up costing us more money, but I still find cardboard and plastic stuck in the garbage chute or in the larger garbage bins. That said, the blue bins are usually pretty full too, so they are being used.

        The green bin diversion is the bigger problem. I’d say 90% of my non-recyclable waste would go in a green bin, but that just isn’t an option. And according to the board, is a big problem to implement in a building that predates even the blue bins.