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On August 10, 2008, a propane explosion occurred at Sunrise Propane, 54 Murray Rd, North York, Ontario, forcing 12,000 residents from their homes.
Due to extensive damage caused by the explosion, not all residents have returned home as they have to rebuild.
Residents who have elected to tear down more than 50% of their existing walls, have learned that their house rebuilding is being treated as "new construction".
This Bylaw is according to Municipal Code, Chapter 851, Water Supply and Chapter 681, Sewer Service. Residents will have to pay the City of Toronto approx $11,000 for upgrades on city property, which does not include the additional expense required to upgrade the pipes on their own property.
Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of Public Works & Infrastructure, denied all requests for the issue to be added as an agenda item. He stated in a letter, “I fully understand and sympathize with the situation your constituent is faced with as he rebuilds his home following last summer’s Sunrise Propane blast, there does not appear to be sufficient merit to warrant a request of City Council to exempt this property from the relevant provisions of the Municipal Code”
Several written requests have been submitted to the Mayor's office for assistance. Karen Duffy responsed from the Office of the Mayor, stating that "The Mayor's Office is satisfied that the city is responding to your request. The decision rests with the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. There will be no meeting scheduled."
A final attempt was made to add the issue to the agenda on the day of the meeting, June 3rd, and Glenn De Baremeaker made a ruling that the request would not be put to a vote and would not be heard by the committee.
Karen Duffy stated the Mayor was powerless to help, and once again said no meeting would be scheduled.
Browsing through the final year handbook during Christmas holidays (as you do trying to avoid IPL essay) it has come to the notice of a few of us final years that we only have two weeks revision before our Finals this year (this includes time for clinical lectures if they decide to put them on).
This is in comparison to this years accelerated students who were given 5 weeks revision time directly leading up to their exams (including 1 weeks of clinical lectures - different to the week scheduled for us).. They all passed!
We also believe previous years have been given 4 weeks revision time running up to their finals.
Given that we're only scheduled to have between 1/2 and 2/5 of the revision time allocated to previous final years.. We're more than a tad worried! is anyone else?
In an effort to reduce the rise of on the job injuries, and to also establish the Four Winds Casino as a company who is advancing the cause of environmental awareness, the beverage staff of the Four Winds Casino would like to submit into writing a petition requesting shortened work-weeks with extended working hours for scheduled shifts.
The request is two-fold and is stated as follows:
1. We believe an established four-day work week with 9 or 10 hour days per shift for full-time employees will provide the beverage staff with a needed reprieve to obtain proper physical rest especially after so many consecutive business promotions. These promotions are vital to the success of the company, so being properly rested would be nothing but advantageous to the company as a whole and the beverage servers especially will have more time to rest their arms, backs, wrists and legs so they may be more productive on the floor.
We believe that by shortening the work week, not only will the above conditions create a more productive team, but there will be less call-offs. Multiple call-offs have been the result of extreme fatigue especially during casino promotions. The lack of appropriate staff has not only resulted in an inability to ensure exceptional guest service to our patrons, but beverage employees are already experiencing "burnout" which we believe can be combated once the work-week is condensed.
2. By decreasing the five-day work week to a four-day work week, the Four Winds Casino will be instrumental in promoting environmental awareness as employees will no longer be required to drive in on day number five to work a four-hour shift before receiving an early-out.
We believe that with gas prices increasing and environmental conditions being a factor, bringing people in to work to send them home four hours later is economically wasteful and environmentally unfriendly.
Ever since management has changed, there have been many conflicting issues with who makes up our schedules and how well (or in the case, poorly) they are coordinated.
Many have expressed our views in that the schedule maker has not taking into consideration many things.
1) 4 weeks notice to call off is not reasonable.
1b) Even when we ask off 4 weeks in advance, some of us still don't recieve the shift/s off.
2)Too many people scheduled on a particualr night. Meaning that we waste our time in making a measly wage, while management/corporate is paying several people the job that only a few can and will do.
3)Not enough poeple scheduled. Sometimes the schedule leaves out a server and thus making it difficult to run a full restaurant certain days with not enough people on the floor.
4)Some times the schedule conflicts with prior arrangements that the worker/employee can not miss. ie. school/class, second or third job, etc.
5) Many people seem to be too exhausted because they are scheduled too many shifts when they have other things to do/work on. ie. school, another job, kids, etc.
6) It is very difficult for an employee to call off from work on any given day sometimes because there is no one to work for them. Some times forcing an employee to work while he/she is ill or has other things to do.
UPDATE 11/3/08: Russell Carroll's parole hearing has been scheduled for December 2008.
UPDATE, 2/16/2007: Russell Carroll has been denied parole for this year. Thank you all for your continued support and kind words. I am keeping this petition up and active, as his next parole hearing is scheduled for February 2009.
On April 10, 1980, NYPD Officer Robert Sorrentino of the 101st Pct. was shot three times while chasing several robbery suspects in Far Rockaway, Queens.
He and his partner had split up to chase the suspects who had also split up. After his partner captured one of the suspects, he heard shots fired and ran to the scene where he found Officer Sorrentino suffering gunshot wounds.
He was transported to a local hospital and, after undergoing more than fifteen hours of surgery, the removal of one of his kidneys, and extensive repairs to his pancreas, the married father of three later died from his wounds on April 24, 1980. The five men were sentenced on 106 counts of felony murder, robbery, and weapons charges. They were all given the maximum sentence, 25 years to life. All but one have since died in prison.
Russell Carroll, who was on parole at the time he committed this crime, is up for parole for the second time in February 2007, and will be eligible for parole every two years after that. My family, still grieving, do not want to see this man go free.
This petition is created upon request by tenants residing at Willowick Gardens. This petition is also to be used as formal notification by tenants for the sole purpose and intent of informing said Organization of usafe and unsatisfactory living conditions.
Due to uncontrollable weather conditions, our Apartment Complex has been left in a state of needed repair. Below is a list of said repairs that must be addressed immediately.
1.) Parking lot on East side of complex is damaged beyond repair and temporarily closed to traffic until further notice.
2.) Drainage system does not work well enough to prevent damages from small amounts of rain. We have had several displaced tenants due to flood and water damage.
3.) Apartments that have flooded and been vacated are left open and unattended, allowing children access to unsafe materials and properties.
4.) Maintanence work orders are going unfilled due to lack of hired help.
5.) The childrens play area, recently removed due to severe injury, is no longer available for children of tenants to play on.
6.) As promised by Online website located at:http://www.apartments.com, the fitness rooms are in need of repair and contain only one working device in each room.
7.) As promised by website, Saunas are available, however have not been repaired and are unusable by tenants.
8.) Scheduled repairs and maintanence orders are not followed through, for example, scheduled carpet cleans and scheduled pest control appointments.