The Toronto Sun captured Frivolous George Smitherman finally doing something to pay back Ontarians for his Billion Dollar eHealth fiasco (though, obviously you won't hear him site that as the reason)...
Smitherman spent some time on Saturday with his team weed-whacking down at the Joseph J. Piccininni Centre on St. Clair Ave. W. near Caledonia Rd.
Here's the story from the Toronto Sun:
Smitherman whacks weeds on St. Clair
Mayoral contender George Smitherman gave the Sun an exclusive look Saturday at how he’ll tackle untended problems if elected.
Armed with a weed whacker, Smitherman and a handful of volunteers cut down a whack of weeds Saturday growing in what used to be the well-manicured gardens outside the Joseph J. Piccininni Centre on St. Clair Ave. W. near Caledonia Rd.
“If people elect me as a mayor, they should expect that I’m going to notice when the weeds are five feet tall and actually be prepared to do something about it,” Smitherman said.
The guerilla gardening — that took place while the community centre was having an open house — didn’t go off without a hitch.
Smitherman’s volunteers were cautioned by a city employee who wouldn’t give his name, not to touch the neglected gardens. A contractor was coming to tend to the gardens Monday, he said.
When asked if he’s worried he’ll offend the city’s unionized workers by pruning the weeds on city property, Smitherman questioned who could be insulted by citizens pitching in.
“Just like last year during the garbage strike people told me I was a strikebreaker, I was a scab, I think that in a city of 2.5 million ... we’re going to have to invite our communities in a little more to help to beautify the area, to pick up more garbage, to lend just a little extra hand so we can have even more beautiful spaces,” he said.
Now, granted, a couple of hours doing some landscaping around Toronto in no way comes even close to paying us back for eHealth. But hey, if we can put George to work, why not? At least any weed-whacking screw-ups won't cost us a Billion Dollars! ;)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaunpierre/4661578547/sizes/l/ by Shaun Merritt on flickr (Smitherman)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvs/211930051/sizes/o/ by dvs on flickr (week-whacker)