Oh Canada. The City of Toronto estimated the cost of new steps would range between $65,000-$150,000. Like everything else, the city also dragged their feet in getting the work done.
Fed up, a Toronto man built the steps for $550. No, I didn’t forget zeros. Five-hundred and fifty dollars.
A retiree in Toronto was unhappy with the length of time the city was taking to build a flight of stairs on a precarious slope.
And so he did it himself — at a fraction of the cost.
Adi Astl, with the help of a homeless man he hired, built eight steps for $550, more than 100 times cheaper than the $65,000-$150,000 the city had estimated for the job.
Gee, it’s almost as if the private market via private citizens are more skilled, capable, and feel a greater sense of urgency than the elected officials who read notes from TelePrompters. Who’d have thunk it.
Astl told CNN affiliate CTV News that members of his gardening group thanked him for building the stairs. One of them had broken a wrist falling down the slope that leads to their community garden.
The city insisted that Astl should not have bypassed the legal steps and should have waited for city officials to handle the problem. Mayor John Tory acknowledged the absurdity of the city’s estimates but said it does not condone private citizens bypassing city bylaws to build public structures themselves.
Except Astl had waited for the city to handle the problem. The city insisted on handling the problem as all government entities do: with twiddling thumbs and setting stacks of cash aflame. Then they sit back and wonder why everyone hates them. (Related Canada Gives $10M and Apology to… a Terrorist?! and #HistoryMade? Canada Assigns Gender Neutral Baby ‘Unknown’ Health Card).
Government doesn’t want to solve problems. Government wants people to believe they solve problems so government can continue leaching money from people. To “solve” problems. But as a wise President Reagan once said: government is the problem. As Mr. Astl demonstrated in Toronto. The problem the city has with Astl is how badly they were embarrassed by a little old man who built stairs in under a day. No committees for committees for sub-committees to determine the need for a sub-sub-committee to determine the environmental impact of the steps as it relates to the red-tailed mini squirrel’s mating habits. He just built the damn steps.
Stuff like this is exhibit Q why when leftists claim we need to raise taxes for “roads and bridges,” conservatives roll their eyes right out of their craniums. And feel deep-seated rage every April 15th. The apish turd mongrels.