It was a clean sweep for the Danforth on Saturday, April 24, when candidates for mayor and city council took part in the Danforth BIA’s first annual Earth Day cleanup.
The Danforth was peppered with brightly coloured campaign tee-shirts as candidates and their teams of enthusiastic volunteers poured onto the street equipped with gloves, bags and a winning attitude. At stake was the environmentally-friendly Danforth Earth Day Cleanup Trophy, designed by Fresh, a local Danforth florist.
"We were tremendously pleased with the turn out for our Community Clean-Up Day. It’s great to see people coming together to keep our community polished. What better way to kick off the spring season." Glyn Laverick, Danforth BIA Board Chair
Every team was assigned a two block area and given 15 minutes to clean it up. Friendly inter-campaign trash talk began early as candidates and their volunteers rallied at the Music Hall to be assigned their blocks, plot their strategy over a cup of coffee courtesy of Second Cup and make their presence known to interested onlookers.
Teams spread out to cover the BIA neighbourhood from Broadview Avenue to Hampton Avenue. And while all participants proudly showed their environmental credentials, Mayoralty candidate Giorgio Mammoliti and his team were the runaway winners, returning to the Music Hall with a pickup truck piled with bags of trash. The Mammoliti team graciously offered to haul everybody’s garbage to the local dump.
Supporting the Danforth BIA’s first annual Earth Day challenge were: (For Mayor) Giorgio Mammoliti, Rocco Rossi and Sarah Thompson. (For Council, Wards 29 and 30) Chris Caldwell, Andrew James, Jane Pitfield, Michael Restivo and Jennifer Wood.