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July 6, 2002
CUPE Local 416 obstructs clean-up orders at Ingram and Victoria Park -- City seeks injunction to permit clean-up
  
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 416 is obstructing the City
of Toronto's efforts to comply with clean-up orders issued by Toronto Medical
Officer of Health (MOH), Dr. Sheela Basrur for the Ingram and Victoria Park
transfer stations. The orders were issued to address public safety concerns.

The orders directed that clean-up begin immediately. The City continues to
attempt to comply with the orders and will seek an injunction this afternoon to
permit an orderly and timely clean-up of the transfer stations.

During a meeting with CUPE national officials yesterday morning, the City
requested Local 416's assistance in the clean-up. CUPE Local 416 was asked to
respond to the City by Friday, July 5 at 4 p.m. to permit prompt clean-up as
required. The union notified the City that it could not respond to the request
for assistance by 4 p.m. and had agreed not to impede the clean-up at
Trinity-Bellwoods Park.

City management and private companies complied with the MOH order to clean-up
the park at 4:30 p.m. yesterday. Area residents had already begun clean-up
before the City's arrival.


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