TORONTO -- Called into an emergency session July 11 by Ontario
Premier Ernie Eves, Ontario's Provincial Parliament enacted back to
work legislation ordering nearly 25,000 municipal workers back on
duty -- including 6,800 garbage collectors who resume work July 15.
Since June 26, Toronto's residential trash has piled up in
parks; city-run museums, art galleries and cultural facilities were
closed; and Toronto Island ferry service was canceled as a 16-day
labor dispute sidelined civic workers in Ontario's capital.
Even though the strike is over, the clean-up can be expected to
take at least another week, bringing the issue perilously close to
the date set for a visit by Pope John Paul II for World Youth Day,
July 22 to 28, which is expected to draw 350,000 visitors.
Meanwhile, the city faces the threat of a hotel union workers'
strike, as well, according to a spokeswoman for the Toronto
Convention & Visitors Association.