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Ice Storm Updates from Toronto and Ontario Dec. 27, 2013

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.
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You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Montreal & Toronto Nov.29-Feb.23, 2014 + News & Alerts

There are exciting celebratory events happening in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Festival recap – BARBEGAZI 2013.”

  • BARBEGAZI 2013 – Action Sports Festival at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life, Parc Olympique,  Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Launch of the 2013-2014 Winter Program of the Olympic Park: ENTER PLAY OUTSIDE the Sun Life Financial Esplanade!

FREE  Admissions

Located East of the Olympic Stadium, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

December 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014

February 7, 2014

February 15 and 16, 2014

  • Olympic Park announced that the Esplanade will once again host an authentic Winter Village , a central element of its winter program that will include family, FREE and accessible activities.
  • Fitted this year in the area 100 of the Sun Life Financial Esplanade, which is located behind the Pie-IX metro, this new version of the Olympic Winter Park Village will feature a rink, allowing everyone to skate FREE and, even in mild weather thanks to its cooling system.
    • For the second year, the Winter Village is easily recognizable by its huge natural tree which this year, will measure 65 feet tall!
      • It will certainly return to Montreal as Sun Life Financial Esplanade will be hosted throughout the cold season.
  • The official opening of the site on December 1 will be highlighted by a fundraiser to benefit the organization’s Frimousse, a toy lending library of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
    • For the modest sum of $2, children and adults can come affix a huge Christmas tree decoration in the Winter Village and are collected for each design will be donated to the toy library.
    • They will also be on site to donate new toys to contribute to service the loan toys Frimousse.
    • And to close the festival in style, end of the day, the Olympic Park will illuminate all lights to shine throughout the winter!
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Toronto Announced “Close the Housing Gap” Campaign’s New Phase for Toronto Community Housing

Close the Housing Gap Poster
Close the Housing Gap Poster

Toronto Community Housing in Ontario is Canada’s largest social housing landlord.

  • Its core business is to provide clean, safe, well-maintained, affordable homes for low and moderate income households.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing launched the Close the Housing Gap campaign on June 24, 2013, at City Hall with a group of enthusiastic stakeholders donning campaign buttons to show their support.

  • The campaign took part in Let’s Get Growing event at Lawrence Heights Community Centre on July 18, 2013.
    • Staff handed out brochures, buttons, postcards and posters and gathered signatures on the Close the Housing Gap petition.

The goal of the advocacy campaign is to persuade the federal and provincial governments to continue funding social housing at existing levels and provide new, long-term funding for social housing capital repairs.

This video presents “Co-chair Councillor Ana Bailão discusses the Close the Housing Gap campaign.”

  • Co-chair Councillor Ana Bailao discusses the importance of the  campaign to Torontonians.

Federal contributions to social housing are declining across the country.

  • In 2012, the City of Toronto received approximately $161.3 million from Ottawa.
  • However, by 2017, that will decline by $33.4 million and reach zero by 2031.
  • Just to fill the $33.4-million gap alone would require raising property taxes by an estimated 1.4 per cent.
  • At the same time, the province has failed to harmonize social assistance subsidies between private market and social housing renters.
    • This means Toronto has to cover an annual shortfall of some $81 million.

The Close the Housing Gap campaign calls for the following measures.

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Results of First-of-Its-Kind Survey of Affordable Home Ownership Will be Given March 12, 2012

The following video shows Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation:

  • strives to bring home ownership within the reach of families with family incomes as low as $40,000, a goal they have achieved with all of their communities
  • is well known for being the first to develop on many of Toronto’s hottest neighborhoods including the Distillery District and The Junction and will soon be adding Cranbrooke Village (Bathurst and Lawrence) to their list in 2013

Results of First-of-Its-Kind Survey of Affordable Home Ownership in Toronto Will be Given March 12, 2012
Results of First-of-Its-Kind Survey of Affordable Home Ownership in Toronto Will be Given March 12, 2012

The Affordable Housing Committee (2010 – 2014) oversees the activities of the Affordable Housing Office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, such as:

  • directing federal and provincial government investments in new affordable rental and ownership housing in partnership with private and non-profit developers
  • delivering federal funds to repair and modify the homes of low-and-modest income seniors, disabled persons and families

A first-of-its-kind survey of affordable home ownership was a  31-question survey conducted by the City of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Office between September and November, 2011:

  • Some 236 people filled out surveys – a 40 per cent completion rate
  • The surveys were distributed by six organizations which work to provide affordable homeownership:
    • Habitat for Humanity Toronto
    • Home Ownership Alternatives Non-Profit Corporation
    • the Women’s Religious Project
    • Artscape
    • Miziwe Biik
    • and Toronto Community Housing

Here are some pertinent findings of this first-of-its-kind survey of affordable home ownership:

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You’re Invited: Celebrate St. James Town Community Improvements Dec. 10, 2011

The Toronto Community Foundation-led program is engaging residents young and old to improve the sense of belonging and safety in their neighbourhood.

St James Town participated in an innovative collaborative partnership – Recipe for Community – led by Toronto Community Foundation and the City of Toronto Office of Partnerships as shown in this video:

You're Invited: Celebrate St. James Town Community Improvements Dec. 10, 2011
You're Invited: Celebrate St. James Town Community Improvements Dec. 10, 2011

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Celebrate St. James Town Community Improvements

Saturday, December 10
11:30 a.m.

Wellesley Community Centre,
495 Sherbourne St., Meeting Room A
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Come join the St. James Town community to celebrate the result of more than $500,000 in public and private investments.

Improvements of St. James Town community include: