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  1. Glen N Tolhurst

    Has the definition of “essential worker” been rigorously reviewed to minimize those still on city payroll? Why did it take so long to layoff library staff?
    What level of cuts to the bloated number of FTE’s is required to give a property tax cut to citizens? Why have water & waste water rates not been cut since with more people being at home the usage is up so a lower rate would sustain the funds to provide these services? Did the city close the Waste Innovation Reduction Centre(a.k.a. dump) because they couldn’t figure out how to control citizens entering the dump & couldn’t figure how to ensure social distancing of people using the areas? After closing the dump, the city s now going to spend $100,000, likely multiple times, to hire a contractor to pickup spring cleanup waste. Duh!

  2. Hello Glen and Gerry, today I witnessed a City of Guelph employee, operating a Waste Packer truck, picking up yard waste at curbside and smoking a lit cigarette. I reported this to the City and kept a copy of the PDF.

    April 29, 2020, at 9:25 A.M. a City of Guelph male employee picking up yard waste is smoking a lit cigarette when operating City Waste Packer T-13473, and, smoking a lit cigarette when standing and reaching into the open hopper on the curbside door of the truck.

    Location: Grove Street, Guelph, ON. City of Guelph Waste Packer T-13473 driving east on Grove Street towards the intersection of Grove and Stevenson Streets, Guelph, ON

    City of Guelph, white male adult, wearing City of Guelph uniform, blue baseball cap with a large dark brown facial beard.

    City of Guelph employee is driving and operating a city owned Waste Packer while smoking a lit cigarette, bent leaning over top of and handling dry yard waste. City of Guelph male employee picking up yard waste at curbside is smoking a lit cigarette when operating City Waste Packer T-13473, and, smoking a lit cigarette when standing and reaching into the open hopper at the curbside door of the truck.

  3. DAVID BIRTWISTLE

    Surely the City has some sort of regulation that prohibits City workers from smoking on the job and in areas that could be at risk from live cigarettes as per Ms.Heyens’ incident report?

  4. David Birtwistle, thank you for your posted comment. At about 1 P.M. today (April 29th), Christine Billings, Ward 4 Councillor replied to my email. She wrote,”Thanks for your email and letting us know. I’ve also asked Staff to respond to all of Council.” It will be interesting to see what Staff say in their response to Council. Lucy Meyer, Program Manager, Operations Department replied to my email saying, “We are in receipt of your online submission and email, and have forwarded them onto the Solid Waste Department for investigation and resolution.”

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