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July 4, 2009
City of Toronto granted Injunction to access Christie Pits site
The City of Toronto was granted an injunction by the Ontario Superior Court today to allow the City to carry out necessary pest control measures and ensure the health and safety of the Christie Pits temporary garbage drop-off site.

Yesterday, the City’s Medical Officer of Health issued an order to the City of Toronto, requiring the City to take action at the Christie Pits temporary garbage drop-off site to remove standing water, and maintain the site by implementing appropriate pest control measures. The Medical Officer of Health has indicated that temporary garbage sites do not pose a health risk if they are well managed and appealed for co-operation in ensuring that the sites can be managed to prevent health hazards.

The City attempted to access the Christie Pits temporary garbage drop-off site after receiving the Order, but was blocked by picketers. After making unsuccessful attempts to abide by the MOH order and access the site for pest control purposes, the City was forced to seek an injunction.

“It’s regrettable that the City of Toronto was forced to take this action today,” said City Manager, Joseph Pennachetti. “The City must be allowed to access the temporary garbage drop-off locations to carry out pest control measures and protect the health and safety of the community as ordered by the Medical Officer of Health.”

The temporary injunction allows the City to access the Christie Pits site in order to inspect for signs of infestation and spray the site as necessary.

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