It is finally the first week of true summer weather. The long range forecast even has a 30 C (86F) in it. Most schools are out for summer, or finishing this week. Travel and tourism is expected to spike. ONE MILLION people are anticipated just for Pride, which kicked off a week of celebrations this past Friday night.
To celebrate, 24,000 municipal "outside employees" went on strike this morning at 12:01 AM.
All those folks who work at city swimming pools -- lifeguards, caretakers, maintenance -- on strike.
All those folks who work at city run daycare centers -- administrators, assistants, teachers -- on strike.
All city run museums, attractions and galleries -- closed.
All those folks who collect the city's garbage (except for condos and apartment buildings) -- on strke.
The last time this happened, it was the summer of 2002 and the strike lasted two bloody weeks! Garbage was piling up in designated parks, drop offs and on the street. By the end of the strike (which was legislated) a distinct sour smell could be detected in the air.