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City council discusses ice storm funding at special meeting

Council will be advised to declare Toronto a disaster area to get provincial funding

Toronto city council will be advised today to consider asking the provincial government to declare the city a disaster area.
    
The recommendation is in a city staff report that says Toronto faces in excess of $171 million in costs due to storms in 2013.
    
The report estimates last month's severe ice storm will cost the city at least $106 million in damage to forestry infrastructure and other related expenses.
    
It adds that the city was already facing a bill of more than $65 million for damage caused by a rain storm in July that inundated parts of Toronto.
    
The report recommends city council ask the minister of municipal affairs and housing to declare Toronto a ``disaster area'' under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.
    
It also urges council to request that Queen's Park and Ottawa establish or expand disaster mitigation programs involving urban forestry, erosion control, winter storms, tree canopy, and other severe storm events.

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  1. 1231231 posted on 01/10/2014 12:51 PM
    So the mayor is willing to spend 745 million of city money (and city debt) on a subway but he isn't willing to spend 171 million to repair this storm damage? This is our problem and not the provinces or the federal governments. We should be the ones paying for it. If this was billions worth of damage that would be a different issue. Besides which proportionally our debt situation is better at a local level than it is provincially or federally.
    1. JC posted on 01/10/2014 01:21 PM
      @1231231 Isn't it more than 745 mil? not only is he willing to spend it but he wants to tax us for it when he didn't have to when a funded plan was signed and ready to roll. now he wants others (i thought we were only one taxpayer) to help pay for damage plus higher property taxes, taxes for scarb subway. we also have to pay for cancelation of contracts don't forget.
      here's an interesting fact the TTC mentioned. The St Clair right of way carries more riders daily than the sheppard subway line. have we not learned??
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 01/10/2014 01:50 PM
      @1231231 You people will blame Rob Ford for anything and everything. If the sky turns purple, it's his fault.
      But let's say I humor you for a second and agree with you- ok Ford should pay for Toronto's damages.
      Mississauga and Brampton are also asking for funding, totalling almost $100 million between the two cities. What will your reasoning be for that.

      I'm just dying to hear your response. Probably won't be surprised if that's also Rob Ford's fault too.
  2. Frankie posted on 01/10/2014 12:55 PM
    Provincial Liberals spent over $ 1 Billion on 3 ridings so why shouldn't they spend $ 171 Million for 22 ridings?
  3. Mike from the hinterland posted on 01/11/2014 07:19 AM
    Most communities including those out the hinterland are asking for some form of assistance. Unfortunately, the Republic of Toronto's dysfunctional council who are comprised of blow hards, morons and misfits need to have a debate over a very simple request and process.

    Glad I am moving away from the Republic of Toronto!
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