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LISTEN: City Council Unanimous on Provincial Funding
Councillors vote in favour of asking the province for financial relief following December ice storm.
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Monday morning, Toronto city councillors picked up where they left off on Friday, resuming their special meeting to debate whether to seek provincial funding from the ice storm that coated the city on December 22nd.

Within the first hour of the meeting, councillors voted unanimously in favour of putting in a request to the province for financial aid for $114-million for the clean-up.  That $114-million represents the provincial and federal portion of the $171-million tab for both December's ice storm and the July 8th, 2013 storm that left many without power and homes flooded.

City councillors also voted to declare Toronto a disaster area in order to apply for money under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Fund.

Council also voted for a review of how the city responded that will seek input from a third party.

Councillors voted to include a number of different aspects in the review, including the possibility of burying hydro lines, the creation of a vulnerable persons registry, and improvements to communications.

The review is expected to come back before councillors in the second quarter of 2014.

Toronto's request must first go to the provincial government which decides if disaster assistance is warranted and how much it can reasonably pay, said Jean Paul Duval, spokesman for Public Safety Canada.

The province could then go to the federal government to seek funding under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements if eligible expenditures exceed $1 per person, based on provincial population.

Eligible expenses include restoring public works and infrastructure to their pre-disaster condition, as well as replacing or repairing basic, essential personal property of individuals, small businesses and farms.

Ontario refused to help Toronto with costs related to the rain storm that swamped parts of the city.

But the Ministry of Municipal Affairs has said it would take the cost of the flood damage into account when assessing the city's request for help with the cost of the ice storm cleanup.

The ministry said it won't determine if communities are eligible for Ontario's Disaster Relief Assistance Program until it gets formal requests for help.

The storm impacted dozens of other communities in Ontario and officials have said the total bill from all the affected municipalities could top $250 million.

At least four Ontario municipal councils Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon, and North Perth have already voted on motions asking for their municipalities to be declared as disaster areas.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion is calling a meeting of GTA mayors on Friday to collectively ask the province for financial assistance.

It's unclear if Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will attend the meeting or not he said it's "yet to be determined" whether or not he will be there.

Rob Ford's office says the Mayor has been informed by McCallion that the meeting will not include deputy mayors.



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Monday morning, Toronto city councillors picked up where they left off on Friday, resuming their special meeting to debate whether to seek provincial funding from the ice storm that coated the city on December 22nd.

Within the first hour of the meeting, councillors voted unanimously in favour of putting in a request to the province for financial aid for $114-million for the clean-up.  That $114-million represents the provincial and federal portion of the $171-million tab for both December's ice storm and the July 8th, 2013 storm that left many without power and homes flooded.

City councillors also voted to declare Toronto a disaster area in order to apply for money under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Fund.

Council also voted for a review of how the city responded that will seek input from a third party.

Councillors voted to include a number of different aspects in the review, including the possibility of burying hydro lines, the creation of a vulnerable persons registry, and improvements to communications.

The review is expected to come back before councillors in the second quarter of 2014.

Toronto's request must first go to the provincial government which decides if disaster assistance is warranted and how much it can reasonably pay, said Jean Paul Duval, spokesman for Public Safety Canada.

The province could then go to the federal government to seek funding under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements if eligible expenditures exceed $1 per person, based on provincial population.

Eligible expenses include restoring public works and infrastructure to their pre-disaster condition, as well as replacing or repairing basic, essential personal property of individuals, small businesses and farms.

Ontario refused to help Toronto with costs related to the rain storm that swamped parts of the city.

But the Ministry of Municipal Affairs has said it would take the cost of the flood damage into account when assessing the city's request for help with the cost of the ice storm cleanup.

The ministry said it won't determine if communities are eligible for Ontario's Disaster Relief Assistance Program until it gets formal requests for help.

The storm impacted dozens of other communities in Ontario and officials have said the total bill from all the affected municipalities could top $250 million.

At least four Ontario municipal councils Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon, and North Perth have already voted on motions asking for their municipalities to be declared as disaster areas.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion is calling a meeting of GTA mayors on Friday to collectively ask the province for financial assistance.

It's unclear if Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will attend the meeting or not he said it's "yet to be determined" whether or not he will be there.

Rob Ford's office says the Mayor has been informed by McCallion that the meeting will not include deputy mayors.



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