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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. Frankie posted on 01/10/2014 01:32 PM
      @JC So let's use the mistake of the Sheppard subway to excuse the total disaster of the St. Clair right-of-way.

      I frequently drive along St. Clair between Dufferin and Keele. I can't tell you the number of times I've seen no one or less than a handful of people on the streetcars while traffic is backed up.

      On weekends you could open a bowling alley on the streetcar lanes. Does no one understand the concept of efficient use of space?

      If we're running streetcars they need priority during high occupancy hours, not when they're barely used.

      If our elected councillors had brains instead of their pathetic left wing anti-car agenda they'd have understood that and we'd have over $ 100 million in the bank and less gridlock.

      If previous 2 generations of councillors had any vision instead of their myopic petty agendas they'd have expanded subways, as most major cities have done. Instead, we had successive yahoos focused on petty projects and no intelligent vision.
    3. 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.
    4. dama posted on 01/10/2014 03:36 PM
      @1231231 You really dont know what you are talking about.. you have more hot air than substance..

      The city manager is recommending to the city and that is ALL councillors not just Rob Ford to declare Toronto as a `disaster area'' under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.so that they can ask for funding, as with other city like Brampton is doing.. are you that stupid not to do that to get some money from the province?

      Like the Ice Storm in 1998, Kingston and Montreal got some money after declaring their cities as disaster...

      It has nothing to do wit Rob Ford and his taxation.. cant balme you guys Ford haters that dont comprehend at all..

      tsk tsk tsk...
    5. dama posted on 01/10/2014 04:30 PM
      @JC Rob Ford wants to tax you at 1.75 but councillors voted for 2.25 and remember Rob Ford has ONE vote so you are blaming Rob Ford when all other councillors voted for more percentage?

      Why not go and blame Adam Vaughn?

      I bet you dont drive along St Clair, if you do I bet you will be frustrated with slow traffic,, wouldnt you?

      Rob Ford learnt that street car caused gridlock therefore he wants subway and that is the right way to go.. travel to Asia and you will find that they have the best subway systems in the world.. take Hong Kong and Singapore .. go visit if you have not..
  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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