Tranzit Posted August 31, 2007 Report Share Posted August 31, 2007 (1) Littering! No doubt about it, it has definitely gotten worse in recent years. From observations and anecdotal evidence, much of it is caused by immigrants from countries with less-than-clean reputations. I know this to be true from experience having once lived for years in a particular apartment building which at that time was always kept clean by its residents. However, many years later, that very same building had unfortunately deteriorated to a poor state after its new third-world residents began illegally dumping and storing trash on the fire escapes, in the laneways, etc. It just so happens that I personally knew the janitor of this building, and he related these horror stories to me along with the arguments he had with some of the perpetrators. Of course, there are familiar news stories of cockroach and rat-infested dwellings. Too often, a vicious circle of neglect arises, where landlords become fed-up with recalcitrant tenants and then refuse to make repairs, with the result that some buildings turn into slums and are even abandoned and boarded up, which then become potential targets for squatters and arsonists--proof that the term "There goes the neighbourhood", is a reality and not a "racist myth". Certainly, no one likes to be told they are dirty or to change their bad living habits, but the facts speak for themselves. Too often I see garbage placed outside for pickup, but on the wrong day, so that birds, squirrels, and other animals have time to start ripping it apart. Recently, the City of Montreal has clamped down on violators, fining those who toss garbage and even cigarette butts onto the streets and laneways. Over the years they have also systematically passed laws that require buildings to seal up all internal garbage chutes, offer green recyclable boxes, and place external, larger wheelie-bins outside in which to store trash. The fire department has also mandated smoke-blocking doors to be installed on landings, and restaurant owners must monitor their rear laneway waste containers. Whenever I'm walking through a park, I pick up whatever I can and toss it where it belongs--in the trash cans. I trust many of you do the same? Tourists and other visitors used to praise our cities for their clean streets. Will we ever return to those better days? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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