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City of Chicago: Here’s How to Save $75,000.00

Posted by Jessica on November 18, 2008

So, how can the City of Chicago save itself the equivalent of 75,000.00 Canadian dollars?  ACT NOW, that’s how.

Toronto has been experiencing an exponential increase in bed bug infestations for…  Well, for as long as I can remember, so that’s roughly two and a half years.  And here’s what’s happening there now, according to the Toronto Star:

Toronto’s public health department is urging the city to put up $75,000 in emergency funding to help vulnerable adults in the city get rid of bedbugs. But that’s just one-time funding, and city officials are predicting that far more will be called for when a special committee tackling the city’s bedbug problem reports next spring.

“I don’t want to guess, but it’ll be a lot more than $75,000,” Councillor John Filion, who chairs the Toronto Board of Health, said yesterday.

The $75,000 cash infusion is one of the recommendations in an interim report by the city’s bedbug project, a committee comprising public health, hostel services and solid waste officials, along with community agencies, health-care and pest-control providers, and landlord and tenant representatives.

It makes a heck of a lot of sense to act now, doesn’t it?  The City of Chicago could save hundreds of thousands of dollars if it acted– with a unified, coordinated, strategic plan– to address and control bed bug infestations right now.

I’m thinking along the lines of a petition.  Anyone want to volunteer to sign it?


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