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  1. Am I the only one that reaches coma-like states of boredom whenever I read a “mad as hell” article like Vinay Menon’s leaden turd of a diatribe?

    “My shed got broken into, the garbage bins are too big, oh poor me. Things used to be so much better!”

    No they didn’t. Never. Ever. In the entire history of cities, something has always been shitty. It’s the cycle of a city…the shit cycle. Sometimes crime is bad, sometimes crime is low. Sometimes city workers are happy lambs, sometimes their pissed off. Sometimes we have a perfect summer, sometimes we have to work for it. This year we’re at the bottom of the shit cycle. So pull up your socks, put on a smile and get over it.

    There are no solutions in nostalgia…at best you get a refuge. But hiding from reality also blinds you to it and convinces you of serious untruths, like Toronto being a bad place to live. It isn’t. It needs work, but I’ve seen a lot places in my young life; some beautiful, some terrible. I didn’t want to live in any of them (well, maybe Montreal)…Toronto is a brilliant city and getting better. The shit cycle always rotates back to the top. Hold Fast.

  2. I know what our city’s slogan should be!

    “Toronto: The city that likes to complain about Toronto.”

  3. Apparently the City’s latest offer to the workers was “vicious”.

    When did Perez Hilton take over the CUPE local?

  4. Pretty quiet day for comments. Guess everyone is just digesting the surreal nature of the strike. 9% unemployment and growing, the economy on its’ knees, $billions in deficits to save the world, tourism already in the dumps, first heat wave coming on and City workers on strike to keep their 18 sick days a year so we don’t have access to the Islands and we don’t have safety testing on beaches.
    Just saw a Miller news spot telling citizens it was intollerable to leave garbage in front of transfer depots and they would face $300 fines but not a word about the pickets that where illegally blocking acces to the depots. Leadership??
    Agree with Josh, article was a needless, pointless waste of paper.