Council approves reports on ice storm response & future of waterfront

The council meeting continues tomorrow. The Eglinton redevelopment plan and Union Station renaming are still on the agenda.

A vote on improving the city's response to extreme weather like last December's ice storm was unanimous at city hall today.

Councillors voted in favour of a report that lists recommendations on Toronto Hydro communications, staffing levels, and infrastructure.

Staff will report back next year on how to integrate the hydro and 311 communications systems and sending more infrastructure underground to keep wires away from falling tree branches.

Before the vote, mayor Rob Ford praised how Toronto handled the storm.

"The real heroes are the taxpayers and the residents of this city for getting through numerous days wihtout power," mayor Ford said.

There is no word yet on how much the changes might cost. More details will be revealed when staff report back.

Councillor Sarah Doucette said the city has to get going on the recommendations.

"They can't sit on a desk gathering dust," she said.

Council also voted 31-6 in favour of reviewing the future of waterfront revitalization. Waterfront Toronto recently announced that it is running out of money and is asking permission to take on debt to fund its future operations

Mayor Ford continued to blast the agency for spending almost a million dollars on umbrellas and rocks at Sugar Beach.

"This is absolutely wrong," mayor Ford said.

Councillor Michael Thompson defended the agency, instead going after the critics.

"None of them are talking about the benefits," Thompson said of an improved waterfront.

The council meeting continues tomorrow. The Eglinton redevelopment plan and Union Station renaming are still on the agenda.

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  1. Sonny posted on 07/08/2014 08:08 PM
    Good! Last December Ford and Minnan Wong posed infront of back hoes and equipment declaring Toronto was ready for a Winter Storm so we were hit with an Ice Storm when staff was not around...
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