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Sep 18, 2010 02:25 AM

Food Cart news in Toronto Star.

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    1. These Toronto council BUFFOONS need to take a lesson from the city of Portland, OR.


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      1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

        Portland is a great example of a city that got it right when it comes to the Food Truck/Cart Trend (Austin, TX as well)

        But honestly is there another city that got in more WRONG than Toronto? They could learn from basically anyone out there.

        1. re: Matt H

          I'm guessing it just may have something to do with Ontario picking up the tab for our health care? Hmmm? So, when Senor Salmonella's Taco Van dishes up "free market" toxic grub, you pay the tab to put you right? Are you in? Doubtful. BTW, bipedalism is all most of us have in common with that dolt Ford.

          1. re: Kagemusha

            What great logic, I guess you should send that message to Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, etc....because last I checked they "picked up the tab" as well (and contrary to popular belief most US states do as well, but that is another topic)

            I dunno, maybe health inspectors can do their job and ensure the safety of the products being served like everywhere else. This was a disaster from the start and has absolutely nothing to do with concern over health costs.

            1. re: Matt H

              Maybe but the TO health inspectors, not to mention Canadian Federal inspectors, have enough to do with chasing gypsy carts and trucks. Funny how anarchy is cool until somebody gets hurt, then it's caveat emptor, right?

      2. That's really too bad. The only one I've tried Bridgette Pinder's and it's really good.

        1. I'm with Matt H and Splendid Wine Snob on this one. It's a shame that the project didn't take off because of greed and red tape. It's actually embarassing that things were so mishandled. I understand the government wants a handle on everything but if they want to run a project successfully they need to rely on experts and call in people who know a thing or two about the food cart industry. Or since that would cost more money (less in their pockets) observe how another city runs it. Don't go into something you know nothing about blindly.

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          1. re: Sarah_G

            Frankly, TO and the province have waaaay bigger fish to fry than sorting out taco and roti carts. What about the TTC? Public housing? K-12 education? C'mon.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Right. I agree that transportation in the city is more of a priority, but your point has no relevance on this food board.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                Kagemusha you raise a valid point, but it also begs the question of why the city felt the need to "over" regulate the program to begin with.

                1. re: damonster

                  No interest in defending City Hall but I suspect what began as cautiousness morphed into oppression simply for lack of enthusiasm or knowledge. I just don't want to see anarchy become the norm when it comes to inspection and licensing.

                  1. re: Kagemusha

                    I think it started out as "Oh, goodie, we've got a new project on our hands. Let's figure out how big a budget we can squeeze through all in the name of protecting citizens," and then came a hiring spree and too many bureaucrats filling their time by putting their noses where they didn't belong in areas they had no expertise in. Just another example of waste that we pay for, and the vendors have suffered because of it.

            2. I never did understand why food carts were subjected to a higher degree of scrutiny and regulation than new restaurants. It's an insult to our intelligence for the City to infer that the endless policies and protracted process were all in the interest of protecting public health and safety . I'm guessing most of us have been to a restaurant and if the food is awful, or the conditions look unsanitary we just don't go back.

              There was no good reason for the gov't to be so involved in this process. In my view, they saw it as a cash grab. IIts a disgrace that these entrepreneurial individuals were casualties in this fiasco.