A Strike, Watched
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A Strike, Watched

On the second full day of the city workers’ strike—June 23—Torontoist photographer Christopher Drost set up a camera rig in a window at the corner of Runnymede and Annette streets. Set to shoot one photo every ten minutes (and one every two minutes once the deals to end the strike were in place), the camera looked out towards the street and over two waste bins, one on the south and one on the north side of the street, snapping shots all day and all night for the whole rest of the strike.
From the seventy-five hundred resulting photos, Drost created a timelapse video, above, showing the incremental change (or lack thereof) that the strike caused on the streets of the city. Like Strike Watch, Drost’s timelapse demonstrates the strange inconsistency of the strike’s effects on the city’s aesthetics, a change in part thanks to how Torontonians—out of necessity or generosity—often pitched in to help clean up themselves. During the strike, Drost explains, “three attempts were made to clean the environment around the [foreground] garbage can, while, across the street, someone (presumably the store owner) taped off the garbage can and put a small bin beside it.”
Video by Christopher Drost/Torontoist.