WATCH: Mayor Ford to make contracting out waste collection a 2014 election issue

Mayor Rob Ford says he wants a staff report on contracting out waste collection east of Yonge St to be ready not long after next election

A GFL garbage truck.

Mayor Rob Ford is taking a step to make privatizing waste collection across the city a 2014 election issue.

In a press conference this afternoon with public works chair Denzil Minnan-Wong, the mayor announced he will move a motion at council this week asking staff to report back on contracting out waste collection east of Yonge St.

The mayor says he wants it to come back to council by January 2015, not long after voters head to the polls.

"This will become an election issue," mayor Ford said.

"For as long as I am mayor, Toronto will not have to worry about another costly and obstructive labour strike of any kind, including that terrible garbage strike that we all had to suffer [in 2009]," he said in a statement.

Waste collection west of Yonge St was contracted out in 2011, after the mayor campaigned on the issue in 2010.

Councillor Minnan-Wong says the contract is saving the city $11-million a year.

He wants to move his own motion to have staff prepare a report next spring, well before the election.

"I don't want to wait until January 2015," Minnan-Wong says. "We've got enough data. We know what the issues are. We need to move forward."

Meanwhile, the union representing the garbage collectors east of Yonge, says this sounds more and more like campaigning.

Vice President of CUPE local 416, Dave Hewitt says they have been working on finding ways to save money, and believe they've saved taxpayers about a million dollars a year.

"Changing shifts, re-routing and different increments of when a new employee is hired and so on."said Hewitt when asked how they saved money.

He says he figured something like this would come up, but he thought it wouldn't be until the new year.

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  1. Frankie posted on 12/16/2013 03:19 PM
    We'd better pray Olivia Chow's mother doesn't move esat of Yonge, otherwise she again risks her garbage not being picked up promptly at 9:00 AM.

    It would be a travesty of the worst proportions if she were faced with this insurmountable stress.

    I'm sure everyone, even the right, will vote for Chow as next mayor, for this reason alone and I hope the media interview Chow about this most important issue.
  2. Gino posted on 12/16/2013 04:37 PM
    Rob won't make it to the election on Oct. 27/14. that's like 10 months away! lots more time to mess up further. more lawsuits, more drunken stupors, more criminal associations.
    either be in jail or he will rear end some garbage truck and wind up in some landfill
    1. Pete posted on 12/16/2013 05:26 PM
      @Gino As long as he sticks to the same platform of saving the taxpayers money, he'll win again and keep on winning. And maybe then, finally, people like you will see that even a crackhead is a more appealing choice for mayor than yet another liberal scumbag who'll waste our money and hand the city over to unionized goons.
  3. Z posted on 12/16/2013 04:38 PM
    Anything that keeps more of my tax money OUT of some union thug's pocket is a surefire way to get my vote.
    1. Peter posted on 12/16/2013 05:32 PM
      @Z .
      Thank you for your comment Z.

      Yes, Mayor Ford seems to have the right idea. Who wouldn't vote for him.

  4. Peter posted on 12/16/2013 05:27 PM
    * * * THIS IS A NO-BRAINER FOLKS * * *

    We have to support Mayor Ford on this.
    There's not going to be any other bottom line to save $ millions.

    - - - Vote Mayor Ford - - -

    Good Going Mayor Ford

    Thank you NewsTalk 1010

    1. AC posted on 12/16/2013 07:41 PM
      @Peter no brainer Rob. how true! how true!
    2. Mark posted on 12/16/2013 09:11 PM
      @Peter LOL... OMG your funny!!!
  5. john posted on 12/17/2013 10:29 AM
    yea i will vote for ford . i dont give a shit about what he dos in his private time . as long as it keeps the money in our hands instead of the councils and unions i am all for it . the lest money these jackasses have the better . thay do not disserve to be a power anymore cause of there illegal move of striping ford of his power . any one of those people should that voted for that should loose there jobs .
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