"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday 16 March 2015


Michael Suddard has left a new comment on your post "All politics are local": 

I still can't get my head around the whole bag issue Eveyln.  

I used to live in Aurora (a stones throw from you on Knowles) and disagreed with the logic. I posted a comment on Anna's blog stating that the whole safety issue that came up just didn't make any since. 

Since moving out of Aurora & Richmond Hill to Ottawa, I've noted who picks up our garbage. Richmond Hill & Ottawa: Miller Waste. These same guys who used to pick up Aurora's garbage for the longest time.

So am is my Ottawa Miller Waste garbage hauler in more danger than Markham or Aurora's ? Doubt it!  

The fuzzy logic behind it all seems scant at best. Besides Markham, what other place has clear plastic bags? Anyone else in southern Ontario?

The same requirement with using compostable bags in the green bin. I was surprised Ottawa's didn't accept anything the Region of York had approved on their website.  

Ottawa doesn't allow plastic bags and not even compostable plastic bags(which is it's own issue unto itself) but encourages paper bags be used or newspaper.  

I tweeted the Region of York to see if they would accept compost wrapped in newspaper (complete with Ottawa's YouTube Video on making a paper bag cone shape that fits in your kitchen bin) and received a reply in the affirmative, yet it's still not listed as an option on their website: http://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/environment/yr/garbageandrecycling/compostgreenbin/!ut/p/a1/jZDLTsMwEEW_pYssiSfuI4adFR5OSkiREE2zQU5wHUuJHTmGCL4eU7FBPNrZzejcmXsHVahEleavSnKnjObdZ1-tnlJ6kzK2hqxYkAQoFDTDMYGr5dwDOw_AH0XhmD474QC2eZJLVA3ctWdK7w0qJbc1l4LrZyuat6ZTWqKyMf1gRietELpWGm1RddiO8WLFogQyiOJzSK_vkof7HGN4hB8AK4gH4s3ykrAI1vgL-CefDyA7Ux9-taO6nhPv1Iq9sMKGL9aPW-eG8SKAAKZpCqUxshNhwwP4TdH6AKj8BqKhL99vGahNvyUjnc0-AGtZcCM!/dl5/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/#.VQcHTY7F-i8 

If we are looking to improve anything municipally, let's look at what other municipalities are doing with the pros and cons equally weighed.  

There's lots of best practices out there that Ontario municipalities have tried, tested and kept that would improve Aurora and probably save some $$$ Let's take a look to see what others are doing before coming up with cockamamie schemes.  

Posted by Michael Suddard to  Our Town and Its Business at 16 March 2015 at 11:42


Anonymous said...

Too bad Michael moved to Ottawa. We only hear from him periodically now through the blogs & twitter.

Anonymous said...

The problem was that they only looked as far as Markham.

Anonymous said...

The Mayor does not read blogs. I am still trying to figure out where he gets the information he uses because he trusts it more than anything on a blog site.

Anonymous said...

I am tired of our mayor, too many pictures of him everywhere and some people still don't know who he is.

Anonymous said...

16:43 I think you are right.

Anonymous said...

16:43- It's straight from the Region.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone trust a blog site?

Blogs are one-sided brain-farts of mostly anonymous contributors. They may not even be in the same Town.