More than two weeks have passed since the excellent letter A confusing and smelly situation by Tony Swidinsky (Sept. 22).
He pointed out several problems with the instructions Winnipeg residents have to follow with the new garbage and recycling bins.
It is typical of Mayor Sam Katz's approach to policy-making and implementation that the city has failed to react to Swidinsky's valid concerns which, of course, are shared by thousands of Winnipeg residents -- particularly the elderly and the less-abled.
I wonder what lame excuses the private-sector-worshipping right-wingers will have for the dreadful contract performance of the new recycling and garbage regime in the city?
I guess punishment for incompetence is only pursued if it appears in the public sector, and private enterprise can get away with "it sucks to be you" responses to clients.
And, puh-leeze, don't give me that malarkey about not knowing the full ramifications of the job, truck breakdowns, yada yada. These people had a whole summer to sort this out, dry runs and all, amid all the hoopla.
It is, purely and simply, failure to comply with contract terms and conditions that should be punished by heavy financial penalties.
Let's all demand a refund of our 14 cents a day for every day a properly stationed bin sits unemptied beyond its scheduled collection day.