Taking Ownership of the Toronto Brand…

During the current Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 416 strike, my Toronto neighbourhood came together to mow the lawn at Merrill Bridge Road Park. As a community, it was important to us that our children and dogs have a safe place to play and that we take pride in the appearance of our public space. It seemed innocent enough—neighbours coming together for a good cause and getting to know each other over a free BBQ.

“The city belongs to everybody, not just the striking workers. It belongs to the taxpayers,” said Christine MacLean, the organizer of the Merrill Bridge Road Park mowfest, Toronto Star, July 10, 2009. “We have to stop relying on the city to provide everything. The community has to take some kind of ownership and that’s what we’re doing.”

To our surprise, the press came out to publicize our actions and the President of CUPE Local 416 responded by calling us “SCABS”!

As the days pass into weeks during this strike, I am proud to be a Torontonian. Citizens are taking ownership of our city by actively mowing lawns, cleaning parks and streets, and going above and beyond for no pay and little recognition just to keep the Toronto brand great.

What are you doing to keep Toronto great during this strike?


1 Response to “Taking Ownership of the Toronto Brand…”

  1. 1 mciao
    August 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Good work, supporting your neighborhood and cleaning up the place….how do you feel about the ‘back to work deal’, is the park being kept as clean as when your fellow citizens took responsibility for the job?

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