Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 2/4/2012 (1967 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Even after a relatively mild winter, the arrival of spring should invigorate the spirit. The joys of getting outside without multiple layers of clothing is truly a pleasure. Sadly, though, there is also a negative. The annual cleanup.
We are faced with two kinds of cleanup -- the normal weather-related detritus and the disgusting chores from man-induced trashing of our environment. With the melting of the snowbanks along the roadside, one finds all the "presents" from the dog owners who chose not to scoop after their four-legged charges.
OK, not great but manageable. Yesterday, however, I discovered something far more disgusting, that being the butts from the smokers who choose to use our city as their ashtray. For example, alongside the curb of Colony Street there were literally thousands of butts dumped on the ground. It appeared the piles of the butts came from two culprits.
There were the hundreds from the smokers banished outdoors and too lazy to use a container. That was bad, but there was something even more disgusting; specifically the distinctive butt-piles where smokers chose to empty their car ashtrays. Literally, there were thousands of butts, this non-biodegradable crap, in one small area.
Signs of spring should be a joy, not an indicator that we have people with no sense of civic or social responsibility who chose to use the city as their public ashtray. Get a conscience, smokers, and please treat our environment with some respect.
Recently I purchased a corner lot in Winnipeg. I've already had to put in a fence in the backyard; now I have to put one in the front yard, too. Dog owners are so inconsiderate in my area that I have to scoop up tons of poop from my own front yard.
Dog owners give dogs a bad name.