Elgin trucking firm set to take on T.0.


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A transport company that says Toronto is blowing $25 million by rejecting its bid to haul garbage is taking out ads to persuade councillors to accept what it’s offering.

The newspaper and radio ads will run Monday, the first day of a two-day session at which council will decide on awarding a 10-year contract to truck waste to the Green Lane landfill near St. Thomas, Ont.

The works committee has recommended awarding the contract to Verspeeten Cartage Ltd., which bid $132 million. That was after city staff had disqualified a bid from ECL Carriers, which said it could do the job for $107 million.

Gregory Rumble, who heads ECL’s parent company, Contrans Income Fund, says his firm should not have been rejected. “We feel we have been disqualified unfairly and it’s going to cost the taxpayers of the City of Toronto $25 million over the next 10 years. That’s a lot of money to be thrown to the side.”
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Does it take an ex-mayor to get things done around here?


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Former mayor Janet Golding left no room for doubt Monday evening — fixing the crosswalk in front of St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital is not the responsibility of city police.
The inefficiencies of the Elm Street crossing, and many others in the city, have been conveyed to the mayor and aldermen and the previous edition of council.
As Golding stressed in her deputation to council, there is no further need for traffic studies in the vicinity of the hospital crosswalk.
“A precedent has been established in recognition of traffic volume with the installation of a pedestrian-signalized crossing at Elm Street near Pinafore Park,” she noted.
And, while a police report is pending, “we contend that this is not a police matter. The responsibility is councils, as this is a traffic and safety issue.”
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