Very recently I finally witness first hand just how little the City of Oshawa really cares about it’s residents.
I have been living in Oshawa for about 5 or 6 years now and being a public transit user, I have overheard many times people complaining about the City of Oshawa not giving any care to it’s residents. Instead the city only seems to cater to one entity in Oshawa and that is Durham College/UOIT.
Having never experienced anything to indicate what others were saying, I never really believed it until now.
I live in a house where I rent the basement from a friend. On the property was a large tree that leaned towards the road with a large limb extending across the road. Many times since my friend purchased the house he has tried to get both the city and local hydro to help in bringing down this tree but both absolutely refused to help.
Not having much luck and my friend now trying hard to avoid bankruptcy, I decided to contact the city councilors and mayor myself requesting help in at least bringing down the one limb stretching across the road since the city has access to equipment like bucket trucks. I explained the current financial situation and that the total time for one city employee to setup and make one cut would be no more than 30 minutes. My friend and I could handle the rest including disposal but feared how we could get that one limb down with the hydro wires to the house running parallel with the limb.
The city response at first was somewhat positive having received a response from a couple of the councilors but it quickly turned out not to be positive at all.
The councilors passed my request on to another department with the city and in the end my friend ended up with a threatening letter from the city bylaw office demanding he take not only the front tree but also the backyard tree completely down and waste removed from the property with in 21 days or be fined.
To pay someone in removing both trees is about $6,000 which is impossible for someone who is already struggling financially but the city doesn’t care. In other cities and towns in Ontario, if you ask for a little help in something like this, the city/town will be more than happy to help you out because they care about their residents.
As of today, June 16, we have been successful in bringing down and removing the front tree. It involved blocking the entire road but we did it. Now just the back tree to do which won’t be easy since it’s limbs stretch out over another building and the main cable/phone lines for the homes on this side of the road.
Conclusion: If you have any thoughts of moving to Oshawa, Ontario, just keep in mind that you as a tax payer are shit to the city and will be treated as such when you need assistance.