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TOStrike illegal dumping altercation at Gzowski Park-Sunnyside Beach

Submitted by on Monday June 29, 2009 – 7:03 am | 4 Comments
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The driver of a rented Home Depot truck allegedly attempted to dump his entire contents at the Sir Casimir Gzowksi Park temporary garbage dump site on Sunday evening June 28 2009.

Moments earlier, the driver had been denied entry to the single entrance of the Gzowski Park temporary dump site.

Customer Service staff were dubious that an overflowing load from a rented Home Depot pick-up truck qualified  as regular household waste. They encouraged him to take his refuse to any of the 24 hour transfer stations or a private dump site, where the contents of his truck would be accepted, for a fee.

They then radioed ahead and informed fellow staffers manning the Sunnyside Beach temporary garbage dump site entrance to be on the look-out for an overflowing home depot truck.

TOStrike Illegal Dumping Attempt, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Western Beaches, Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto Ontario Canda, Sunday June 28 2009 - 000

Instead of trying again at Sunnyside though, the driver advanced along Lakeshore Blvd to the eastern end of Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, backed up his truck, got out and proceeded to begin moving the pinned blue fencing in what appeared to be an attempt at illegal dumping.

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Customer Service and Security staff arrived on scene and words began to be exchanged. During the altercation, the driver mildly headbutted the staffer, at which point the staffer began to back off.

 TOStrike Illegal Dumping Attempt, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Western Beaches, Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto Ontario Canda, Sunday June 28 2009 - 003

After being warned the Police may be called, and informed of the dollar amount of the fine for illegal dumping, the driver repeated various combinations of, "Go ahead! Call the cops! I’m a taxpayer… I paid for garbage…this is my right!"

 TOStrike Illegal Dumping Attempt, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Western Beaches, Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto Ontario Canda, Sunday June 28 2009 - 005

The driver then actively began opening the fence at the eastern end of the Casimir Gzowski Park temporary garbage dump site, over continued verbal objections of Customer Service and Corporate security staff.

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Toronto Police arrived on scene, including an officer from the Mounted Unit. Both sides repeated ther version of events and the officer patiently suggested that a By-Law Enforcement officer inspect the contents of the truck to determine its qualification as acceptable household waste at this dump site.

 TOStrike Illegal Dumping Attempt, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Western Beaches, Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto Ontario Canda, Sunday June 28 2009 - 008

By-Law Enforcement Officer begins inspection of the household waste in the back of the Home Depot truck.

His verdict: construction materials of wood, kitchen panels, drywall, and almost the entire rest of the contents that were viewable — did not qualify to be dumped here. They had to go to the transfer station or a private dump site.

 TOStrike Illegal Dumping Attempt, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Western Beaches, Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto Ontario Canda, Sunday June 28 2009 - 009

By-Law Enforcement Officer spent time clarifying what qualifies as household waste acceptable at any of the 19 Temporary Dump Sites.

This By-Law Enforcement officer had incredible patience and spent almost 30 minutes difusing the situation as Police, Dump Customer Service, Corporate Security, and passers-by watched.

They were encouraged to take their refuse to a proper transfer station or a private dump site.

 TOStrike Illegal Dumping Attempt, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Western Beaches, Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto Ontario Canda, Sunday June 28 2009 - 010

Customer Service and Security staff re-enclosed the blue fencing at the eastern end of the Casimir Gzowski Park temporary Garbage Dump Site.

When asked if this has been a regular occurrence at either of the temporary dump sites, the customer service staff member who was headbutted said,

"Nah. It’s been pretty quiet. This has been the most action I’ve seen in a week. My shift’s over now, I gonna go home and tell my wife about this."

Week 2 of TOStrike begins today.

4 Comments »

  • Livinius Nwambe says:

    Bravo to the officer for remaining cool and collected throughout the entire ordeal. This is an excellent example of the good side of the TPS.

  • JW says:

    It also gives you an indication of the kind of crap us city employees endure on a daily basis. Ever have fast food hit you at 60 km/hr? Happens often as the wonderful citizens of Toronto hurl refuse at city employees.

    I am not even going to talk about the verbal abuse.

  • Me says:

    Funny how the driver simply proved he is in fact the real “thug” …

  • frank says:

    did picket duty at this sight the city mansger in video is gary and he was a very good guy and we we had no problems with him glad to see he never took any of this guys bulls..t