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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 5, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A8 BRANDON July 2002 Canada Municipal strike threatens to trash Torontos reputation BY JORDAN Cuniidum Press TORONTO A massive municipal strike threatens to dam age the touristfriendly reputation of Canadas largest city as it pre pares to greet throngs of summer visitors this month for events like the Molson Indy and World Youth We have a great image of Toronto as being a very friend ly and clean Tricia Hosking of Tourism Toronto said the ninth day of the But the longer the strike it does have the potential to tarnish our very clean In the largest municipal strike in Canadian the citys inside workers yesterday joined a walkout by outside workers that has left smelly garbage fester ing in the The province has drafted legisla tion that would force workers to return to their jobs if public health officials determine the strike is a health But in the the strike is stinking up tourism strike will definitely Its not going to said Lido a producer with the Beaches International Jazz Festival scheduled for About one million people are also expected for this weekends Molson Indy race at Exhibition with millions more anticipat ed later this month for World Youth Day 2002 and the Toronto International Some tourists in Toronto just for a visit are already bailing mess is getting pretty bad right said Ed who came to Toronto from Australia on CANADIAN PRESS Fouryearold Liat swings on a swing set in front of hundreds of bags of garbage dumped at Eglinton Park yesterday in June 30 for a few months stay in He says hes heading to Montreal until Toronto gets cleaned And Toronto the Good as its called is also fast getting a repu tation as Toronto the We usually come up once a and were always impressed with how clean it so this year we really noticed the said Laura who brought her son from Detroit to visit the Hockey Hall of There are also some event casu alties that will put a damper on the expectations of The annual Toronto Street scheduled to begin last night and go through the was cancelled because of lack of World Youth Day from July 22 to is expected to attract up to nearly visitors to the Roman Catholicrun papal mass July But those in the tourism indus try are worried about making a good impression if the strike lingers until the Popes Its a great opportunity for us to show off the city and were not going to have our best foot for said Terry Mundell of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Yesterdays walkout by inside workers closed daycare cancelled restaurant inspections and shut down public pools as the city also felt the heat of the swelter ing The strike also affects familyhealth tours and most cityrun The sticking point in negotia tions between the unions and the city is job What they want is jobs for Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman told a news And the thing once you give it to them you cant take it Lastman said he felt sick about how the strike has resulted in piles of and parents scram bling to find childcare and swim ming spots for youngsters home from school during first week of summer Canadians taking more time off work for illness and personal reasons OTTAWA Canada a nation of malingerers Work absenteeism rose significantly last according to a report released yesterday by Statistics Employers lost million workdays to personal reasons in up by per cent from million in 2000 and by 30 per cent from million in the agency About fulltime employees seven per cent of the total missed work for all or part of any given week in 2001 for reasons such as disability and personal or family excluding maternity This was up from weekly absenteeism rates of per cent in 2000 and per cent in On each fulltime worker in Canada took nonvacation days off for health or family reasons last Statistics Canada This was half a day more than in and over a full day more than in Workers in both the public and private in per manent and nonpermanent in unionized and non unionized in most and in most industry and occupation groups recorded rising absenteeism trends over the the report Some of the increase can be attributed to more women in the particularly mothers taking time off for fami ly although men also took more unscheduled days said Ernest Akyeampong of Statistics The average number of days lost among men increased to per worker in 2001 from in Women lost an aver age of days in up from in Healthcare and socialservice workers were particularly prone to call in sick or take time losing an average of nearly 13 days per employee last Statistics Canada Clerks and other staff in public administration aver aged about 10 Professionals in scientific and technical fields tended to take the least amount of time off for personal aver aging roughly five days last Press Jay Winbum Jeffrey Bales Qualified orthodontists Phone 7270401 Alberta top destinations for moves TORONTO Alberta and Ontario are the most promising destinations for Canadians leaving their home provinces in search of replacing as the province people are most likely to move a new study has There is clearly a perception that is not performing economically as well as other parts of the Ontario and said Jack executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies and author of the The findings represent a major rever sal in migration trends in Canada in for led the country in drawing interprovincial is now losing many of the resi dents it gained during the mid1980s and Between 1996 and lost down from a gain of from In Ontario led the popula tion decline in Canada from 1991 to losing Since new residents have moved reversing the Alberta has attracted new residents between 1996 and in large part because of its booming Quebec registered the largest loss of residents from CP PHYSIOTHERAPY the Benefits Sis 112919th Street 7276806 Propane Refills Tools Bobcats Excavators For Rent Propane Refills Ib tank m M f j 393 Park Avenue I j lHIfT 7298267 Toll Free 1 6887772700 Equipment Rental Concrete and 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