City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

February 2, 2011

City of Toronto closures and cancellations due to winter storm

Most City of Toronto programs and services continue to operate today, however, there have been some impacts due to current weather conditions. Twelve of the City’s child care centres have been closed and there are impacts on some City-run recreation programs today because of the closure of Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) schools.

Municipal child care centres located in TDSB schools are currently closed. All parents whose children attend these child care centres have been contacted and have been offered care at other centres. City staff have been redeployed to other City-run child care centres to ensure that staff-child ratios are met. The City has no child care centres in TCDSB schools.

City-operated recreation programs, including swim classes, at TDSB and TCDSB school locations are cancelled today. Additional classes will be added where possible, or refunds will be made for cancellations at these locations.

Recreation programs and permits at Parks, Forestry and Recreation community centres and facilities continue to operate as usual. Residents may wish to contact their local centre for any program specific updates.

The City’s outdoor rinks are affected by weather conditions. Staff and snow-clearing equipment travel from location to location and best efforts are underway to clear the ice as quickly as possible. Snow clearing is in progress and rinks will open throughout the day. Call 311 or visit the City’s website for up-to-date information on current conditions: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/skating/outdoor-rinks.htm

The City’s ski and snowboard centres at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park are open as usual and their programs are running.

Toronto Island Ferry Service is running on schedule.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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