A fringe benefit of my current residence in Malta is that I’m about 9659 kilometers from the current strike by Vancouver’s civic workers. I’ve read recent complaints about rats and fruit flies (Jen also provides a handy remedy), while Rebecca gives a general state of the refuse address on the issue.
Rebecca linked to a particularly poignant strike photo, which led me to 297 more strike photos in a Flickr group. The group advocates the unions’ position, but unfortunately there’s no discussion board or indication of who, specifically, is behind the thing.
I’d love to opine about the strike, but I really haven’t been following it closely enough to develop an opinion. I gather the unions want to arrange their contracts so that they’ll end shortly before the 2010 Olympics. The city will agree to that about the same time they agree to adding, say, bong boarding to the Winter Games.