Two Toronto Councillors are proposing refunds for Toronto residents for the loss of city services during the strike. Full motion below
Councillor Palacio, seconded by Councillor Nunziata, recommends that:
1. City Council request the City Manager to report to the next meeting of City Council on:
a. the feasibility of rebating garbage charges, and other appropriate fees and charges for services not delivered but directly billed for, during the strike;
b. the feasibility of rebating, crediting, or otherwise compensating non-profit organizations who the City supports with grants, and that can demonstrate significant financial loss as a result of the strike;
c. a detailed report of the site conditions, including remediation plans where necessary and the possibility of long-term soil and groundwater contamination at all of the temporary garbage storage sites; and
d. a comprehensive accounting of the additional costs and savings to the City as a result of the Strike.
Following the conclusion of the labour disruption organized by Local 416 and 79, Council should explore the feasibility of several measures that could help to correct some of the problems created by the strike and rebuild the trust and confidence of the public.
The citizens and non-profit organizations of Toronto suffered through the strike, therefore theyshould be compensated where it is possible and reasonable for the City to do so.
(Submitted to City Council on August 5, 2009 as MM38.7)