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Mayor Ford asks Torontonians for help with city spring clean

Community cleanup set for last weekend in April

The mayor of Toronto is asking you to take your spring cleaning beyond your front door.

Rob Ford kicked off the city's annual Clean Toronto Together Campaign at City Hall on Friday.

The initiative asks Toronto to team up with their friends, family members and co-workers to get rid of the plastic bags, cigarette butts and fast food wrappers revealed by the spring thaw.

Ford encouraged everyone to tackle neglected areas. "Wherever you see litter. Might be a school yard, might be a local park, ravine, maybe right on your street. Working together, we'll keep Toronto the cleanest city in the world."

The mayor encouraged businesses and schools to organize group cleanups on April 25th. A community cleanup is set for the weekend of April 26th and 27th.

Cleanup crews are asked to register online or by calling 311 so the garbage collected can be picked up.

During last year's big clean, the city collected over 6,000 tonnes of litter, took down over 7,000 illegal posters and wiped away over 65 square metres of graffiti.

"And this year, we're going to do in even better", said Ford.

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  1. ToddK_2 posted on 04/04/2014 04:01 PM
    How about the Prince and Princess's of this city start picking up after their dogs and those who still smoke cancer sticks to dispose of their butts properly. You should see my area as the snow melts, exposes the lazy people in life.
  2. Etobi-COKE Voter posted on 04/04/2014 04:18 PM
    That's right now folks the Mayor reminds you

    Don't leave your broken crackpipes and needles on the streets and curbs.

    And don't dump out your vodka bottles on the streets when riding and driving around the streets.

    And never never never pee in the bushes in schoolyards, suburban streets or parks.
  3. Greg posted on 04/04/2014 06:53 PM
    That's how he saved "$1 billion" folks, with ingenious plans like "Eh, pick it up yourselves". Next you'll be taking your own garbage to the dump and shoveling your street.
    Go Tory.
    1. Lisa posted on 04/04/2014 07:15 PM
      @Greg With the half-assed job the city employees do of it anyway, why not save the money?
    2. Greg posted on 04/04/2014 10:16 PM
      @Lisa Lisa...this forum is for MEN only. Go back to the kitchen and make your diabetic husband a ham and baloney sandwich, and then after you've finished cleaning up, apply for a job as a city employee because let's face it, that would be a HUGE upgrade for you. Am I right?
  4. Karl Burgin posted on 04/05/2014 06:26 AM
    Even though I am your biggest fan I finally must admit that I can no longer support you.

    I have told people for months that you had a plan for paying for your 3 subway stops.

    I did not know that this was it.

    The citizens of Toronto cannot do this work for the next 100 years.
    1. tanjo posted on 04/06/2014 03:10 PM
      @Karl Burgin Karl would never admit that. I think it is his passion to take any news item and figure out how to spin it in Ford's favour.
  5. john posted on 04/05/2014 12:09 PM
    the only garbage that should be cleaned up is in queens park .
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