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Think it might be time for a makeover?

Monday, March 24, 2014   by: Staff



The Sault Ste. Marie community is invited to participate in the 3rd Annual 20-Minute Makeover on Tuesday April 22, 2014.

To take part, registered participants are required to clean up outside their home or business for at least 20 minutes.

Each year over 500 people participate in the community clean-up promoting civic pride, city beautification, and to celebrate Earth Day.

New to the event this year is a focus on graffiti removal.

As a result, the City’s Graffiti SWAT Team, led by City Councillors Steve Butland and Susan Myers, will be on the lookout to identify illegal tagging in the downtown core.

“City beautification is more than picking up litter one day of the year,” said Councillor Butland. “It is about changing the face of the City and setting a new standard for citizens to live by.”

"As co-chair of the Council Committee on Graffiti, I am very pleased to see the theme for this year's 20 Minute Makeover include removal of illegal tagging. This is one more aspect of keeping our community green and pristine," says Councillor Myers.

Registered participants will receive a clean-up kit containing gloves, garbage bags, and other items – while supplies last.

Registration forms and event information is available on the City website at – City Hall Bulletins.

Participants can drop off completed registration forms and pick-up clean-up kits at several locations including: Civic Centre lobby, Walmart North (Great Northern Road) courtesy desk, and Downtown Association office (496 Queen Street East).

Prizes will be awarded for the best participant photos taken during the event, including gift baskets, gift cards, hats, shirts, and rain barrels.

Councillor Butland, joined by Councillor Myers will kick off the event at the Civic Centre at 11 a.m. on April 22.

Specials thanks to event sponsors: Walmart North; OLG; Tim Hortons; Blue Diamond; Final Touch; Weber Supply; Green For Life; and media sponsors: CTV; Rogers Sault Ste. Marie Radio; and Sault Star for their generous contributions.


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SophiaT 3/24/2014 1:18:02 PM Report

Hopefully the snow has disappeared by then!
Number One Son 3/24/2014 1:34:39 PM Report

Tim Horton's as a sponsor? Maybe they will pick up the thousands of discarded coffee cups scattered over the city. Don't hold your breathe.
SmAsHed 3/24/2014 1:46:42 PM Report

Number One Son: You make it sound like it is Tim Hortons' fault that there are coffee cups everywhere, but maybe we should put the onus on the people that choose to litter and leave their cups everywhere instead of finding a garbage can.
ROLAND_ROLLY 3/24/2014 1:48:57 PM Report

How about the south end of Howard Johnsons ? Perhaps the owners can clean up their property.

Mr. Butland has known about the deplorable condition of this establishment but seems fixated on 'downtown'. The only thing that can help downtown is a bulldozer.
Ski-Dude 3/24/2014 1:54:57 PM Report

Maybe some should consider starting by cleaning up their own "back yards"....counsellors. IMO The condemned, boarded-up, unused, unmaintained buildings and lots in this city are quite a bit more unsightly than some trash here and there (not to say that the trash shouldn't be also picked up). It's embarrassing!
jojoe71 3/24/2014 2:03:06 PM Report

Think it's sad that you have to have a gimmick to get people and business to clean up their property. That should be a natural part of life. As far as business goes; they should be fined for having pig stys . Good reason to stay way from them.
kamen 3/24/2014 2:09:00 PM Report

The only stuff in my yard is snow and leaves....we keep our yard free of trash...Hopefully all the snow is gone soon and we will actually be able to do this makeover...
B Boy 3/24/2014 2:24:40 PM Report

This event is a nice thought, in theory.
But it's a band-aid solution really.

There's a shortage of available waste-bins around parks, bus stops, etc. Those that have waste bins are either vandalized (dumped over) or haven't been emptied in weeks so the trash is overflowing. The only time there's trash on my property is when it's blown there.

Every garbage day there's trash blowing all over the place. Due to people letting their garbage bags be ripped apart by gulls and crows, or the waste removal workers letting it fall out the back of the truck and not picking it up.

Again, I like the idea of community pride.

My opinion as to why very few people participate - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

Jobs, housing, safer streets, affordable utilities, property taxes, etc, etc...
People in this city are, simply put, pissed off (at mismanagement, misspending to name only a couple) and are disillusioned.

There's a reason why Sault Ste Marie has an unimpressive or diminishing population growth rate. If it wasn't for Essar steel or the post-secondary students here on scholarships, I believe we'd still be in a population decline.
Daddy-O 3/24/2014 2:47:33 PM Report

REALLY - I cannot believe that some of you are putting a negative vibe to this news story. I think it would be more appropriate to just say how great it is that we have businesses that are willing to support this venture to keep our city clean. Why shouldn't we help pick up the trash in our neighborhood's parks and recreation areas. Is it really that hard to bend over and pick up a coffee cup and toss it in the garbage can. You will know that you have more class than the person who threw it there. Let's all just do our part and show that Sault Ste Marie is the cleanest and how a community can band together and make good things happen. Thanks to the sponsors and all those who plan to participate. See you out there.
ThinkAgain 3/24/2014 2:58:01 PM Report

Start fining the property or business owners for being irresponsible in the first place things would change.
Nobody follows city by-laws nor are they enforced -City doesn't want to be responsible for maintaining the back allies unless you complain but it still takes months that's if they show up at all.

Rectify the problem, get everyone sitting in bail court, work a few days in Orange coveralls to offset the costs of the taxpayer/victims.
phantom 3/24/2014 3:38:38 PM Report

ThinkAgain...yes that would be a great idea to have our"fine upstanding citizens" sitting in bail court or jail sucking down 3 squares a day and watching T.V. to actually put them to work and help out the community the obviously don't care about! I'm all for bringing back chain and work gangs.
guestwho 3/24/2014 4:10:14 PM Report

nice idea but with myers around,she makes me puke!!!
DINOBOY 3/24/2014 8:35:24 PM Report

Number One Son...your father and mother must be proud to have an idiot for a son..
Lleoy 3/25/2014 9:43:48 PM Report

Ya Manzo, pig.
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