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This CBCnews video presents “Ice storm compensation.”

This is an update to these previous blogs:

City of Toronto Ice Storm Update: Dec. 30

  • Mayor Ford has called a special meeting of City Council in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • It will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014 in the Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., for the following purposes:
      • To consider a report from the City Manager on the ice storm, including a request for Provincial assistance under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.
      • To introduce and enact a confirming bylaw for this special meeting.
    • The agenda for the special meeting will be distributed and posted to toronto.ca/council as soon as it is available.
  • Hydro Update.
    • Toronto Hydro reports there are now approximately 725 customers without service, and crews have been dispatched to these locations.
    • Work will continue until all outages are addressed.
    • In addition, there are approximately 680 locations that have received Electrical Safety Authority approval to reenergize following repairs to electrical stand pipes that were damaged in the storm.
      • Toronto Hydro has dispatched crews to all of these locations.
      • Customers who are required to make repairs before their service can be reconnected must have that work completed by an ESA/ECRA licensed electrical contractor.
      • The licensed electrical contractor will take out the necessary electrical permit from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), make the repairs and arrange for an inspection.
        • Once complete, ESA will notify Toronto Hydro that power is authorized for reconnection.
    • Customers that reside in a neighbourhood that has been restored but are still without power must report the outage to Hydro by calling 416-542-8000.
  • Tree Debris Removal begins January 3.
    • Work to clear all tree debris will begin on Friday, January 3 and it will continue for approximately eight weeks, weather permitting.
    • Residents are asked to place their tree debris on the curb or the boulevard by Thursday, January 2.
    • Please remember to provide at least one metre of clearance to ensure those with mobility issues can pass safely.
    • Large limb or stem (body) wood from private trees that have fallen on private property should not be taken to the curb.
      • Property owners should contact a private contractor to remove this material.
  • Toronto Roads and Traffic.
    • Power has been restored to all signals and all signals are operating normally.
    • However, the power supply is not quite stable at all signalized intersections and there may be fluctuations in the Hydro supply voltage which can result in a few signals being temporarily “all-out” or on flash.
      • Motorists are reminded to treat any intersection without functioning signal lights as an all-way stop.
      • In such cases, the public should call 311 and the City will send a crew to investigate and fix the problem.
    • Parking consideration will be provided for residents who park on the street beyond posted times due to limited access to icy or blocked driveways.
      • If the homeowner receives a parking ticket, there is an application that can be filled out to describe the circumstances and request ticket cancellation at http://bitly.com/1ggfwPJ .
      • Completed application forms and documentation can be faxed to 416-696-3652 or sent via e-mail to parkingmeters@toronto.ca .

This is an update to these previous blogs:

City of Toronto Ice Storm Update: Dec. 29

  • Hydro Update.
    • Toronto Hydro is reporting that approximately 6,000 customers are now without power.
    • Hydro One crews and personnel from Hamilton, Sault Ste Marie, Windsor, Ottawa and Manitoba are assisting with the restoration efforts.
    • In situations where the homeowner is required to make repairs before the power can be restored, the homeowner will need to provide Hydro with the ESA inspection certificate number and customer contact information.
      • Homeowners are advised to call 416-542-8000 with this information so that Hydro can initiate a work order.
  • There are currently 70 Forestry crews and 17 staff in single vehicles triaging calls and working closely with Toronto Hydro.
    • The Forestry crews work to clear downed trees and fallen branches and facilitate access for hydro crews to work on power restoration.
    • There are also 13 forestry crews from Ottawa and London that are assisting Toronto’s forestry staff with debris removal.
  • Members of the public are urged to be aware of their surroundings.
    • Residents are urged to watch for falling ice around buildings, large structures (such as cranes), and vehicles, particularly around large trucks.
    • Residents are also urged to exercise extreme caution and avoid walking under trees that are covered in ice, particularly in parks, wooded valleys, and near playgrounds.
  • Toronto Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
    • Call volumes continue to be higher, but are approaching normal levels for both Toronto EMS and Toronto Fire Services.
  • When power does return to your home, check all appliances and ensure they are operating properly.
  • The Ontario Provincial Police and Toronto Police Services have been canvassing door-to-door in neighbourhoods where power outages continue.
    • Residents are asked to please check on seniors and vulnerable residents.
  • Work to clear all tree debris is expected to begin January 3 and it will continue for approximately eight weeks, weather permitting.
  • Chainsaw Safety.
    • Only use a chainsaw that you have been trained to use properly and safely.
    • Always wear protective equipment and clothing.
    • Be aware of your surroundings such as weather conditions, terrain, wildlife, buildings, power lines, vehicles, and other people.
  • Toronto Roads and Traffic.
    • The number of signalized intersections without power continues to decrease.
      • An estimated 30 traffic signals remain without power.
    • Transportation Services expects that number will decrease further today.
    • There are more than 40 Transportation crews currently addressing debris management especially around schools, and there are more than 40 crews focused on repairing potholes again today.

This is an update to the previous blog, Ice Storm Updates from Toronto-Dec. 24- and Ontario-Dec. 25, 2013.

Toronto’s Update for Dec. 27

  • Hydro in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    • Toronto Hydro is reporting that approximately 32,480 customers are now without power.
    • Crews are currently focusing on neighbourhoods and individual homes still affected by outages.
      • The utility is closely monitoring the weather.
        • If winds pick up this could trigger more outages.
    • The City’s Emergency Operations Centre has been working closely with Toronto Police Services, Toronto Hydro, the TTC and TCHC (Toronto Community Housing) through door-to-door canvassing to identify vulnerable residents that require special assistance.
    • There are currently 38 City Forestry crews and 16 contractor crews out today working closely with Toronto Hydro.
      • The Forestry crews work to clear downed trees and fallen branches and facilitate access for hydro crews to work on power restoration.
      • Additional forestry crews from across the province are currently responding to assist Toronto’s forestry staff with debris removal.
    • All motorists, especially truck drivers, are urged to watch for low hanging wires particularly on residential streets.
  • Exercise extreme caution when using candles.
  • The Ontario Provincial Police and Toronto Police Services are now conducting wellness checks at high-rise buildings that have been without power since December 21.
  • City staff from Transportation, Forestry and Solid Waste Management are working together to address tree debris.
    • Clearing of debris is well underway on major roadways, with a priority on public safety.
    • Crews are currently pushing tree debris to the side of the roads to make them safe and passable, and will focus on residential streets in the coming days.
    • Work to clear tree debris is expected to continue for approximately six weeks, weather permitting.
    • Tree branches that have fallen on private property and are of a manageable size that can be dragged to the City’s right-of-way (i.e., to the curb) will be picked up.
      • Please do not place debris on the sidewalk.
    • Large limb or stem (body) wood from private trees that have fallen on private property should not be taken to the curb.
      • Property owners should contact a private contractor to remove this material.
    • Homeowners do not require a City permit to remove damaged or downed trees. Please use a professional arborist to ensure safety.
    • City crews cannot go onto private property to clear private trees that have fallen on private property.
    • For residents that live in the Asian long-horned beetle quarantine area in Etobicoke, the City crews and private contractors will dispose of this debris in the prescribed manner.
  • Toronto Roads and Traffic
    • The number of signalized intersections without power continues to decrease.
      • An estimated 100 traffic signals remain without power.
      • Transportation Services expects that number will decrease further today.
    • The City is working closely with Toronto Police to provide point-duty at intersections that require it.
    • Motorists are reminded to treat any intersection without functioning signal lights as an all-way stop.
    • Salting operations continue today on main roads, and collector roads, local roads and sidewalks, with TTC stops a priority.
    • Truck drivers are asked to watch for low hanging wires on residential streets.
    • Parking consideration will be provided for residents who park on the street beyond posted times due to limited access to icy driveways.
  • Food, Water, Warmth and Rest
    • Approximately 450 people were accommodated last night.

This CityNews Video of Dec.22, 2013, reported on the impact of the ice storm on Toronto, Ontario, Canada :

Ice Storm in Toronto

Ice Storm in Toronto

Here is the recent, updated info – Dec. 24, 2013 – on the City’s response to the ice storm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Toronto Hydro

  • Approximately 90,000 customers are now without power.
  • Hydro crews are continuing to work around the clock to respond.
  • Additional personnel have now come in from Sault Ste Marie, Windsor, Ottawa and Manitoba to assist with the restoration efforts.

Toronto Fire Service

  • Toronto Fire is warning the public not to operate propane, natural gas or charcoal barbecues inside as they can create a dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning hazard if not property vented.
  • Also, do not use a stove or camping gear for heating your home, as they can similarly create a carbon monoxide poisoning and burn hazard.
  • Ensure battery backup is operating for carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Community Care Access Centre Clients

  • Community Care Access Centre clients who use home oxygen and have concerns can call 310-2222 (no area code required) for assistance.
  • All others are asked to contact their oxygen supplier for assistance.

TTC

  • Please check www.ttc.ca for updates and service alerts.
  • Sheppard Subway Line is being tested and expected to be running shortly.

GO Transit

Toronto Roads and Traffic

  • The number of signalized intersections without power continues to decrease.
  • Estimated 200 – 250 traffic signals without power.
  • Salting operations are continuing on collector roads, local roads and sidewalks, with TTC stops a priority.
  • Parking consideration will be provided for residents who park on the street beyond posted times due to limited access to icy driveways.

Food, Water, Warmth and Rest

  • The City is operating 12 locations where vulnerable residents and those who need assistance can access food, water, warmth and rest.
  • Pets are welcome.
  • A total of 774 people were accommodated in these locations last night.

Toronto Community Centre locations are as follows:

Warming Centres – daytime only:

  • The public is invited to any City building with public space.
  • Due to food safety guidelines, the public is asked not to bring home-made food to the warming/reception centres.
  • Pre-packaged foods are acceptable.

Toronto Public Libraries

Toronto Zoo

Casa Loma

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

  • The public is reminded that trees remain covered in ice, which means that parks (anywhere near trees) are very dangerous, particularly in wooded valleys, near slopes and under trees.
  • Park pathways have not been cleared and should not be used.
  • Playgrounds near trees should also be avoided due to falling branches.
  • Public should use extreme caution around parks to prevent slips and falls and should avoid walking under or near trees.
  • Parks staff who have appropriate chainsaw training and equipment are being deployed to assist in clearing tree debris from roads and paths.
  • Parks crews will continue to salt and clear debris, focusing on Reception Centres, Community Recreation Centres, parking lots and well-used locations such as rinks.
  • Two of the City’s 51 Outdoor Artificial Ice Rinks are currently closed (Broadlands and Ledbury).
    • Other rink pads remain open for skating purposes, but adjacent rink buildings are closed at many locations due to power outages.
    • Many of these locations will close early due to no lighting availability.

Tree Debris

  • Toronto staff anticipates that the clearing of fallen trees and tree debris will begin on December 27 on City roadways.
  • Staff are currently pushing tree debris to the side of the roads to make them safe and passable.
  • The priority is to ensure public safety.
    Where debris is not obstructing the road, cleanup will take place at a later date.
  • Clearing of all tree debris will take approximately four to six weeks.
  • If debris is from trees on private property, homeowners should contact a private contractor to clear away.
  • If you live in the Asian long-horned beetle quarantine area (see map and further information) in Etobicoke, the City crews and private contractors will dispose of this debris in the prescribed manner.
    Do not take this wood out of the Federal quarantine area.

Holiday Waste Pickup

  • Residents are reminded that there is no collection on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.
  • This week and next week, curbside collection on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will move forward one day.
    • This means that Wednesday collection moves to Thursday, Thursday collection moves to Friday, and Friday collection moves to Saturday.
    • Changes are reflected in the residential collection calendar.
  • Due to downed trees and hydro wires, collection vehicles are not able to reach some areas.
    • There may also be delays.
    • Residents should leave out their materials until they are collected.
    • If required, additional collection crews will work on Monday (not a regularly scheduled collection day).

Food Waste

  • If you have organic material (food waste) that cannot fit in the Green Bin, please set it out in a clear plastic bag.
  • Food waste will be collected on your regularly scheduled collection day.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

  • If you don’t have heat for your home and the temperature drops to well below freezing, consider leaving a tap open enough for a trickle of water so there is some movement of water in pipes that might be vulnerable to freezing.
  • If you are leaving your home because of no heat, you can shut off the main service valve in your basement and open your lowest tap to drain the water out of your plumbing lines to prevent them from freezing.

Food Safety

Emergency Preparedness

Social Media Updates

  • For updates during an emergency event and other City of Toronto information, follow @TorontoComms on Twitter.
  • The City will be using #citystorm when providing updates on the storm.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service.
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily.

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays.

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

Latest Update on Ontario’s Response to the Ice Storm – Dec. 25

Office of the Premier

Ontario is continuing to work around the clock to respond to the ice storm that is still affecting parts of the province.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management is coordinating resources across government and working closely with our partners to help restore power and services to all affected communities and keep people safe.

Read more of Ice Storm Updates from Toronto-Dec. 24- and Ontario-Dec. 25, 2013

This video presents “Minister’s Year End Video Message.”

  • “The Holidays give us a unique opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed, make memories with friends and family and celebrate the hope that a new year brings.”

The Health Minister of Canada listed, below, 20 key accomplishments in protecting the health and safety of Canadians in 2013.

Health Canada’s Telephone Numbers for Public Enquiries:

  • (613) 957-2991 or
  • Toll free at 1-866 225-0709.

NEWS RELEASE

Health Canada

A Year in Review Steps taken to protect the Health and Safety of Canadians

December 23, 2013

OTTAWA – Today, Health Minister Rona Ambrose highlighted the Government’s key accomplishments in protecting the health and safety of Canadians in 2013.

“Our Government made important headway in the areas of innovation, patient safety, and the tabling of effective legislation for the benefit of all Canadians,” said Minister Ambrose. “We have a lot to be proud of in Canada and we will continue to make concrete investments and take action to protect our health and safety.”

Minister Ambrose identified some of the notable achievements of the Harper Government that included:

Read more of 20 Key Accomplishments to Protect the Health and Safety of Canadians: Health Canada’s Review of 2013

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the Division of Food Inspection of the City of Montreal and the company Le Tablier Rouge (located at 1031, rue Fleury, à Montréal, Quebec, Canada) is warning the public not to consume the following products from this company, if they were not kept in the refrigerator at all times from the moment of their purchase; these products do not contain the words “Keep Refrigerated” on their container:

Read more of Quebec Food Recall: Certain “Le Tablier Rouge” Food Products Sold In Glass Jars