Jul 21 2007

Vancouver City workers on strike. This stinks!

Vancouver’s rat population is about to explode.

The garbage men are on strike and the vermin are having a feast. About 1,800 outdoor workers walked off the job today, accounting for the third civic work stoppage in a decade.

One wonders how this will affect the legions of dumpster divers who earn their crack and meth budget from selling recyclables fished out of public waste bins. As if they didn’t have enough to be miserable about already, they now have bubonic plague to add to their worries.

As for those of us who live in tiny condos overlooking back lanes with open garbage bins, it’s just a matter of time before the aroma wafting up turns our homes into olfactory torture chambers.

Looking forward to that, let me tell you.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Vancouver City workers on strike. This stinks!”

  1. on 21 Jul 2007 at 5:48 am

    How long do you think it will take before the trash dumping occurs in beautiful areas of solitude? Toronto had an outside worker strike a few years back and it was hell. Garbage piled sky high and the city hired inspectors to sift through illegal garbage dumps to find receipts to arrest people.

    Personally I hope this strike goes for a while. Maybe it will inspire people to realize how much crap they produce for landfills every single day.

  2. on 21 Jul 2007 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for the tip about the receipts. It could definitely come in handy if I get tired of the flies buzzing around my apartment and decide to return some, uh, compost, to nature.

  3. on 21 Jul 2007 at 11:22 am

    You have my sympathy. Funny how they always pick the summer for these strikes.

  4. on 21 Jul 2007 at 7:05 pm

    According to the Globe & Mail, the City intends to go on with the fireworks, completely disregarding the fact that there will be no one to pick up the mounds of garbage on the beaches and shore after each firework display. That is so infuriating!

    Vancouver summers are so short and so yearned for, it is unforgiveable if the six weeks we get is ruined by putrid air and rats. The government should get back to the table tomorrow. Garbage workers should be very well paid for a job that few people would choose.

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