T.O. grumbling over Canada Day cancellations
With Canada Day arriving on Wednesday, city residents are finding the news of strike-related celebration cancellations are starting to sink in.
Those who enjoy taking in the fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay in the east end will be disappointed this year. It is one of 15 events on city property to be cancelled.
Here are the other events that won't occur, according to a list the city released last week:
- Amesbury Canada Day, Amesbury Park
- Canada Day Event, Earlscourt Park
- Somali-Canada Day, Earl Bales Park
- Ontario Australian Football Championships, Colonel Samuel Smith Park
- Peanut Town Festival, Oriole Park - North
- East York Toronto Canada Day, Stan Wadlow Park
- MPP Canada Day Event - Don Valley West MPP, Flemingdon Park
- Shomoy Mela, Detonia Park
- Canada Day Celebrations, Thompson Memorial Park/ Miliken District Park
- Canada Day Celebration, St.James Park
- 16th Annual Neighbours Together, Riverdale Park East
- Canada Day Festival, Kew Gardens
- Canada Day, Mel Lastman Square
The city had listed the The New Country 95.3's Canada Day Jam at Woodbine Park as being cancelled, but the event will be going ahead.
People reacted by saying "it's B.S." or with "that sucks." One person who identified himself to CTV Toronto as a veteran called it a "disgrace."
However, there are events that will still go ahead. For example, the Shuffle Demons and Laila Balali will play free concerts at Nathan Phillips Square on Canada Day as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.
Privately-run events such as the annual Rotary Ribfest in Etobicoke and the CHIN picnic at Exhibition Place will go ahead.
Ontario Place will host a major fireworks display, along with one more on Saturday.
"Canada Day is very important to all of us," Mayor David Miller said at the city's Monday news briefing.
But parks need to be groomed, workers are needed to handle tasks such as wiring, and the current strike by city workers means the staff aren't available to do the work, he said.
Right now, about 230 managers are available to do the work of about 24,000 city employees, he said.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Chris Eby