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Frumtoronto Received This From a Member of Our Community
Dear Friends,

Are you aware of the new garbage/recycling system that is currently being rolled out in Toronto? Iím sure that most of you have already been asked what size recycling bin you want. You have to make your selection by February 22nd or you will receive the default small bin. Even the largest bin available, will hardly be large enough to handle the recycling requirements of a typical frum family. The city will not pick up any recycling that is not placed in these bins so even our recycling will be severely limited. In the spring they are imposing even stricter quotas on our garbage. The maximum container available will only hold 4Ĺ bags. Keep in mind that recycling and garbage are only picked up every second week. Will you be able to keep your garbage and recycling within these restrictive quotas? Chances are that you are already struggling with garbage pickup right now so complying with the new restrictions will be impossible. To make matters worse, our community is already severely overtaxed with realty taxes being raised twice this year. The general 3.75% increase on top of the ridiculously high reassessment that many of us have received add a huge burden to our already unmanageable tax burden. Now you will also have to pay more taxes because you will have to purchase this new 4Ĺ bag trash can every year for around $200.

In short, you will now have to pay around $200 extra a year and you will still have no way to get rid of much of your garbage. This is what our city council and Mayor have done to our city.
I am very unhappy with this administration due to this garbage problem and many other problems. The city has become unsafe with much crime even in our neighbourhood. Snow removal has been very slow and many of the streets in our neighbourhood have not even been cleared. Buying new homes has become very expensive due to the new municipal land transfer tax imposed on us. Driving our cars will now cost $60 per car every year.
It seems that our Mayorís agenda for this city will make it very expensive and difficult to raise a frum family in Toronto.

We must respectfully communicate our concerns to the city and its administration as well as the press in order to try to affect changes to this new legislation that will consider the needs of large families, our needs.

Please write and/or call the mayor, your councilor and the press so that our concerns can be brought to the attention of the city administration.

Included below is the contact information for the councilors in our neighbourhoods, the mayor and some prominent newspaper writers that are municipal critics. By forwarding our concerns en mass to all these people, maybe our voices will be heard.

  1. E-mail: mayor_miller at
    Mail: Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen St. West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2
    Phone: 416-397-CITY (2489) Fax: 416-696-3687
  2. councillor_moscoe at
City Hall 100 Queen Street West, Suite B30 Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-392-4027 Fax: 416-392-4191
City Hall 100 Queen Street West, Suite B32 Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-392-4090 Fax: 416-392-4129
  1. councillor_stintz at
City Hall 100 Queen Street West, Suite B32 Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-392-4090 Fax: 416-392-4129
  1. Sue Ann Levy; sue-ann.levy at
  2. Lorrie Goldstien lorrie.goldstein at
    Please make the effort to send them a letter email or just call them to express your concern. If we donít get them to exempt our families, we will be forced to hire private garbage contractors at great expense. What will you do for Yom Tov when you have even more to dispose of? We must speak up now or it will be very difficult for us to manage.

    Sincerely Concerned,
    Best Regards,


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