In election news, Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) has become the second prominent person to officially enter the race. “It’s time for change and I am the one to bring that change to city hall,” he said. However, when asked about fellow mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi’s pledge to cut his own pay by 10% if elected, it appears as though he wasn’t quite ready to make that kind of change, saying, “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”
Meanwhile, Councillor Case Ootes (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth) has announced that he won’t be running for re-election. “Only those of us who have had the good fortune to hold the office of Toronto city councillor,” he wrote in an email informing fellow councillors and Mayor David Miller of his decision yesterday, “can appreciate the satisfaction of having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people, of debating ideas, and yes, the camaraderie of belonging to an exclusive group of individuals with great responsibility.”
Before he leaves, however, Ootes would like to know what the deal is when it comes to people who like the environment a little too much. It appears as though there is some confusion as to whether or not recyclables that won’t fit into the blue bin will be picked up by the city. “Staff have indicated they want to pick up, and are picking up, excess recycling on an occasional basis, but the chairman indicated, prior to this meeting, that they weren’t picking up extra recyclables,” he said at yesterday’s public works committee meeting. “It’s obvious there is a miscommunication here of some kind.” However, committee chairman Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) confirmed that, as long as people don’t go nuts and abuse the exception, they can occasionally put their extra recyclables in clear (or blue) garbage bags next to the bins for pick-up.
And finally, you might want to invest in some rubber-soled shoes for your four-legged friends after yet another dog was shocked by stray voltage. Chesapeake Bay retriever Schroeder, 5, was zapped by stray current near Danforth and Jones, and two animal care workers who ran to his aid felt the shock as well. Toronto Hydro had hired trucks to scan city streets for stray voltage after a string of similar incidents across the city a year ago had both people and animals shocked by electricity leaking from underground facilities. “Ironically,” replied Tanya Bruckmueller of Toronto Hydro, “we had our trucks there last week and didn’t detect any voltage.” But if it happens again, don’t touch the animal directly—yank it away by its collar or leash while it’s convulsing. Oh, and Hydro reps apologized to Schroeder’s mom. Case closed.