Get Involved this May with the City of Toronto!

Dear Ward 24 Neighbours

During the month of  May there are a number of meaningful celebrations. From Asian Heritage Month, Museum Month and Building Safety Month to Youth Week, Emergency Preparedness Week and Mental Health Week, the City of Toronto has honoured and focused on a great deal of City-wide issues.

You can find a list of this term’s proclamations at this link.

Last week the City of Toronto celebrated Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5-11. This year’s theme is “Are You Ready”—emphasizing the importance for preparing for emergencies. The City’s Office of Emergency Management is launching the first in a series of videos supporting Torontonians in preparing for emergencies. Videos can be found here.

Did you know? By 2050, 75% of all trips under 5 kilometres will be walked or cycled. That is one of the goals of the City’s TransformTO climate Action Strategy. From May 6 to 20, support the city’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy by participating in the Walking Challenge. Walking is a clean, green and healthy way to get around Toronto, invite your friends and neighbours to join you.

You can participate by downloading the free Carrot Rewards app, found in the App store or on Google Play. All participants will be entered into the Walking Challenge and grouped into the ward that they live in.

The ward with the highest average goal completion rate will win the challenge. Your community could even win a street party hosted by Live Green Toronto and earn double points on the Carrot Rewards app towards a rewards program of your choice. So, Ward 24 let’s join the challenge and take steps to TransformTO!

All my best,

Paul

Latest News For Curran Hall

March 30, 2019

Dear Curran Hall Neighbours,

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Easter!

Spring brings community clean-ups as well as readying our yards for gardening. I will be joining volunteers across Scarborough-Guildwood to participate in the Clean Toronto Together Community Cleanup Day. I encourage everyone to join the Curran Hall community clean up at Botany Hill Park on April 27, 2019 -9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Looking ahead to Father’s Day weekend you will have an opportunity to attend two events at the Curran Hall Community Centre and Botany Hill Park. I will be hosting my Annual Curran Hall Compost Day on Saturday, June 15, while City of Toronto Urban Forestry staff will be hosting a Community Tree Planting on Sunday, June 16, with a focus on increasing the urban forest canopy cover, creating a habitat and reducing storm water flow.

A staff report coming to Scarborough Community Council

U-Turn at the May 2019, Scarborough

Community Council will prohibit u-turn on Orton Park Road by Henry Hudson Sr. P.S. as well as the area fronting

Botany Hill Park and the off leash dog park. It was observed motorists were making u-turns in these areas causing unsafe condition in a School Safety Zone and vehicular conflicts on the road.

Please contact my office for details or if you would like to speak or send in comments to the committee as I will ensure you receive the instructions to file with the Committee Clerk.

Curran Hall Community Centre (Located at 277 Orton Park Road)

Join local programs offered for all ages: Yoga, Pilates, dance, cooking classes, marital arts, visual arts, adventure camps, youth leadership programs and much more. Drop in programs for youth 9yrs-12yrs – Saturdays: 1:30 PM – 3:30PM.

Contact the Centre for details: 416 396-5156.

Community Events:

– Councillor Ainslie’s Annual Curran Hall Compost Day

Curran Hall Community Centre, 277 Orton Park Road (Parking Lot)

Saturday June 15, 2019 – 10:30 AM

– Botany Hill Park Tree Planting – Celebrate Father’s Day by planting trees and shrubs.

Urban Forestry invites you to join in for a morning of planting native trees and shrubs in

Botany Hill Park! The details of the public planting event are as follows.

Location: Botany Hill Park.

The event site is located next to the parking lot by Curran Hall Community Centre

Sunday June 16, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

– Councillor Ainslie’s Annual Curran Hall Community Picnic

Botany Hill Park, 277 Orton Park Road

Wednesday July 10, 2019 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

All my Best,

Paul

Startup in Residence Initiative for the City of Toronto

Dear Ward 24 Neighbours

At the General Government and Licensing Committee meeting, on April 1, 2019, I will be requesting of my fellow committee members to consider the creation of a Startup in Residence (STIR) pilot project for the City of Toronto dealing with procurement and e-procurement.

Startup in Residence is a program that connects governments with startups to solve government-led civic challenges. The STIR program aims to bridge public-sector agencies directly with technology entrepreneurs to seed product development in the public sector.

The Startup in Residence pilot project hopes to serves the following purposes:

  • To act as a lead for procurement reform
  • To introduce City agencies, departments, commissions and boards to new innovation and technologies
  • To serve as an incubator to introduce the necessary procurement reforms needed to allow increased innovation to continue for the long term
  • To enhance government productivity, efficiencies, and help improve the resident experience with municipal government

The STIR program solicits proposals from startups for technology-based solutions to address procurement and e-procurement challenges facing City agencies, departments, commissions and boards.

The STIR program includes educational component during the residence period for the selected participants and corresponding City agencies consisting of in-person and web sessions with leaders in business, legal, finance, investment and consulting sectors as well as government executives, innovators, academics and researchers.

I am requesting the Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services, the Chief Information officer, and the Chief Purchasing Officer, in consultation with the Chief Transformation Officer, and the Director, Civic Innovation Office, to consider adopting a Startup in Residence (STIR) program, similar to those implemented by the City of Guelph and the Municipal Innovation Exchange, and whether the City of Toronto should:

  • Join an existing STIR network, such as the Municipal Innovation Exchange which was founded recently by Guelph, London, and Barrie;
  • Operate its own STIR program, as seen in some US cities; or
  • Operate its own STIR program, in alliance with other cities and/or government agencies in the Greater Toronto Area.

Stay tuned for the Monday’s, April 1, meeting of the General Government and Licensing Committee. The meeting can be watched live here.

All my best,

Paul

Delivering Digital Government

Dear Ward 24 Neighbours,

At the March 5th General Government and Licensing Committee meeting the Chief of Information Officer, Rob Meikle, gave a presentation on “Delivering Digital Government to Toronto”.

What is Digital Government?

A Digital Government has core capabilities supported by organizational enablers. Capabilities are customer and business facing innovations such as:

  • Services that digitize touchpoints and consolidate online access platforms
  • The automation of transactional processes
  • More accurate and intelligent decisions through advanced predictive analytics
  • Data Sharing for greater transparency and strengthening public trust

While enablers are innovations across government systems such as:

  • Strategy focus and attention on the needs of populations
  • Government and Organization funding mechanism for collaboration, innovation and efficiency
  • Leadership and Talent commitment and awareness of trends and opportunities
  • Technology and analytic platforms that support efforts in big data and open data

What does Digital Government Deliver?

Digital Government delivers City business modernization and innovation to enhance City Services delivery to the citizens of Toronto.

Digital Government enhances the city’s business process and systems with a focus on opportunities to streamline and integrate.

Moreover, Digital Government also drives improvements with a focus on social and economic benefits through the following examples: 

Open Data

By empowering citizens with access to city information at their fingertips

Vision Zero

Enhancing road safety through technology: enabling motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to make safe routing choices based on reliable road safety instruction

Wellbeing Toronto

Fostering neighbourhood development: empowering citizens to access neighbourhood information through self-serve windows of engagement using the Wellbeing Toronto web application

Equity Lens

Advanced local outcomes: embedding access, equity, diversity and human rights practices into all aspects of the City’s business will lead to greater equitable outcomes for staff and residents

In 2018, the City of Toronto has delivered enhanced City Services through technological innovation through the following examples: 

  • 2018 Municipal election results delivered to the public within 15 minutes of closing
  • Improve Commuter Safety with the decline in public injuries with quicker reporting and resolution of sidewalk repairs with Vision Zero
  • Advancing Social Outcomes through Equity Lens online tool to identify and address equity barriers
  • Enhanced Online Self-Service licensing system that enables online application of business licenses and permits

Digital Government drives City business modernization and innovation, focus on opportunities to streamline and integrate the City’s business systems and ensures secure, reliable technology environment.

Please let me know your thoughts and concerns!

All my best,

Paul

Get Involved Toronto!

Dear Ward 24 Neighbours,

During the January 14th General Government and Licensing Committee meeting a comprehensive review of business licences was adopted across the City of Toronto. This review is due to the changing nature and number of existing businesses and licence categories.

This review includes the review of Vehicles-for-Hire bylaw, Payday lending, licensing requirements for Bars, Restaurants and Nightclubs, Body Rub Parlours (BRP) and Holistic Centres bylaw.

At this moment the City of Toronto would like to hear from its residents regarding the Vehicles-for-Hire Bylaw and Body Rub Parlours and Holistic Centres Bylaw.

Vehicles-for-Hire

The Current Licensing of Vehicles-for-Hire Bylaw provides regulations for taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (PTCs), such as Facedrive, Lyft and Uber.

There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy:

Attend public consultations

There will be nine public consultations held between March 4 and March 19. Each meeting will focus on a particular area of the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw. See the Public Consultation Schedule here. Each meeting will focus on a different area of the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw, such as the following:

  • Accessibility
  • Vehicle equipment
  • Public safety

Submit feedback by email

Contact vehicleforhirereview@toronto.ca by April 30, 2019.

Subscribe to receive email updates

Visit E-updates to sign up. Click open the Get Involved in Your Community Section, type in your email address and scroll down to select Vehicle-for-Hire Review.

Body Rube Parlours (BRP) and Holistic Centres

The Body Rub Parlours (BRP) and Holistic Centres Bylaw Review is to update the licensing bylaw, to promote public health and safety. Provide the City with your feedback and help shape policy by:

Attend Public Consultations

There will be four public consultations held between March 5 and March 19. The first will be held for the general public, second for Etobicoke, third for Scarborough-Agincourt and fourth for University Rosedale. Find the Public Consultation Schedule here.

Witten Consultations

Submit feedback to mlsconsultations@toronto.ca by March 20, 2019

Stakeholder Meetings

There will also be five stakeholder meetings held between March 4 and March 14 to consult different stakeholders governed by the bylaw. The stakeholders include:

  • Body Rub Parlours
  • Body Rubbers
  • Holistic Centres
  • Professional Holistic Associations
  • Holistic Practitioners

Find the Stakeholder Meeting schedule here.

Your feedback will be used to recommend updates in a report to be discussed at the General Government and Licensing Committee in June 2019.

Watch the General Government and Licensing Committee and other committees online here.

Follow @GetInvolvedTO for more opportunities to have your say and shape policy in the City of Toronto. Visit the Get Involved page for more public consultations, volunteer opportunities, community initiatives, public appointments and more.

All my best,

Paul

Housing Now in the City of Toronto

Dear Ward 24 Neighbours,

At the January 30th City Council Meeting, Mayor John Tory’s first item of business of implementing the “Housing Now” initiative was approved increasing the supply of new affordable rental housing within mixed-income communities by making municipally-owned properties available to non-profit and private organizations.

The Housing Now Initiative represents a new city-building approach to the disposition of City-owned lands. In December 2018, City Council approved this initiative to activate 11 City-owned sites (the 11 Properties) for the development of affordable housing within mixed-income, mixed-use and transit-oriented communities.

The first phase of this initiative included the following:

  • Activating the 11 Properties for the potential to create approximately 10,000 new residential units.
  • A proposed minimum of 2/3 of all residential units created on the 11 Properties will be purpose-built rental housing with at least 50 % of the rental units as affordable rental housing.

This phase is in addition to provide affordable rental homes in partnership between non-City sites with non-profit and private housing organizations through the 2019 Open Door Call for Affordable Rental Housing Applications.

Moreover, the next phase provides:

  • City staff and CreateTO will undertake more detailed due diligence for each of the 11 Properties.
  • Report to the CreateTO Board of Directors on directions and impacts prior to marketing.

In the absence of this Housing Now Initiative, the 11 Properties would be sold at market prices mainly resulting in the development of market condominiums.

In recognition of the urgency to provide affordable rental housing in our city, this initiative sets action to create much needed affordable rental housing in mixed-income communities.

See these links for complete meeting agenda and news release.

City Council and other City of Toronto Committees can be watched live here at this link.

All my best,

Paul

It’s Family Day – Time For Some Fun!!!

Sunday February 17, 2019

Dear Ward 24 Neighbours-

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day and Happy Early Family Day! I hope everyone had the chance to spread some love this past week and are looking forward to some much needed Family Day fun.

The City of Toronto holds a number of activities and events for Family Day, February 18, 2019!

Right in our backyard, the Toronto Zoo will be open from 9:30 am to 4:30pm daily, including Family Day. Visitors can participate in Keeper Talks and Carnivore Feedings and take part in the National Hippo Day celebrations, enjoy the winter Orchid Oasis and sign up for the family Owl Prowl. More information is available at the Toronto Zoo website.

There are 52 outdoor skating rinks across the city that will be open for use, weather permitting. Along with these outdoor skating rinks are a number of indoor arenas that will be open for use as well. There is no fee for public skating at any City indoor arenas and outdoor rinks. Please remember that CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under the age of six.

Make sure to check out the Nathan Philips Square skating party, sponsored by Tim Hortons from 1pm to 4pm on Family Day for fun-filled skating and hot beverages at the Tim’s House lounge.

Skiing and Snowboarding will be open at Earl Bales and Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centres on Family Day.

From 12 Noon to 4pm on Family Day, visitors can post for selfies, play family board games, warm up by a bonfire and roast some marshmallows at the Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Rd.

More details on City of Toronto Family Day activities here.

Friendly reminder that the Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival is returning this July at the Guild Park and Gardens. Be sure to check out their website for details on artists, performers and more. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer, contact the festival committee at guildalive@guildalivewithculture.ca

Have a fun and safe Family Day!

City of Toronto Preparations for Winter Weather System

Monday February 11, 2019 4:45PM

Dear Ward 24 Residents,


There is more snow on the way tomorrow….and if predictions are correct….a lot of snow…..

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for a winter storm tomorrow with the possibility of 15 to 20 cm of snow, as well as ice pellets, freezing rain and strong winds. The City of Toronto has a comprehensive snow and ice response plan that prioritizes the safety and movement of residents. Toronto is a vibrant city with more than 5,600 kilometres of roads and 2.9 million people. Proactive measures taken before the storm include:

• Monitoring road temperature using sensors on salt trucks and pickup trucks

• Co-ordinating more frequent access to weather forecasting and meteorologists

• Activating nine road weather information system stations, including two new stations in East York and one in the York-Yonge-Bay ramp, and

• Preparing for winter by maintaining roads, performing on-going pothole repair blitzes, replenishing salt and de-icer supplies, attending training and seeking new ways to address snow. During the storm, winter operations include:

• De-icing, salting, plowing and snow removal as required

• Daily staff conference calls coordinate snow clearing efforts

• GPS on plows power the PlowTO web app at https://www.Toronto.ca/plowTO

• A fixed automated spray technology de-icing system on the York-Bay-Yonge ramp to help keep emergency vehicles and commuters safe

• Access to salt additives like beet juice that melt ice faster when temperatures are frigid, and

• Real-time cameras to see actual conditions on key streets to inform operations. After the storm:

• Crews work around-the-clock to clean-up the remaining snow and ice on city streets, sidewalks, bike trails, laneways, and more.

• Staff respond to resident requests through 311.

• Staff continue to coordinate cleanup efforts via conference calls.

• Services delivered are reviewed to inform future improvements. Service LevelsThe following are the City’s winter operation service levels:• Anti-Icing – Salt brine is applied to expressways, hills and bridges up to 24 hours before snow falls

.• Salting – When the snow begins to stick, expressways, major and local roads are salted and must be completed on all serviced roads between one and 24 hours from the end of snowfall

.• Plowing – Expressways are plowed first at 2 cm of snow accumulation (within two to three hours). Major roads are plowed at 5 cm of accumulation (within six to eight hours). Collector roads are plowed between 5 and 8 cm of accumulation (within 14 to 16 hours). Local road plowing starts when accumulation has reached 8 cm and the snow has substantially stopped falling.

• Windrow opening – For areas where it is mechanically feasible (not in the central core), driveway entrances are cleared to an opening of three metres within two hours following the end of road plowing.

• Sidewalk and transit stop clearing – High pedestrian volume areas are cleared first, starting after 2 cm of accumulation. After the snow has stopped falling, sidewalks can take six to seven hours to be cleared and transit stops can take up to 48 hours to be cleared.

• Cycling routes – Salting begins on cycling routes at the same time as salting on the adjacent road. Plowing is completed after 5 cm of accumulation.

• Seniors and persons with disabilities – In areas of the city where mechanical sidewalk snow clearing is not feasible the City offers a free snow-shovelling service for those in need. Business and property owners are responsible for ensuring that all ice and snow are cleared from sidewalks, driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps and landings within 24 hours of snowfall to provide safe access for people and vehicles. The City will clear snow from sidewalks within 12 hours of snowfall, where it is possible to safely drive a plow. Property owners who fail to clear their snow and ice could be subject to a fine. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/road-maintenance/winter-maintenance/clearing-snow-and-ice-from-your-property/. Autos that block streetcar tracks or impede emergency vehicles will be tagged and towed at the owner’s expense. Blocking streetcar tracks can inconvenience thousands of commuters and put at risk the safety of others in an emergency. Emergency preparednessThe combination of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and strong winds may create hazardous conditions and cause power disruptions. Residents and businesses are encouraged to take precautionary steps to protect their property and ensure their safety.

During severe weather, the public are reminded to:

• Try to keep children and pets indoors.

• Stay away from rivers and streams and from downed wires and trees that may have an electrical charge.

• Take public transport and avoid driving if possible. If it is necessary to drive, do so cautiously and slowly. Keep the vehicle’s gas tank at least half full at all times.

• Offer to help elderly neighbours or those individuals who may need assistance.

• Pick up critical medications before the storm. More information about emergency preparedness, including how to pack an emergency kit and go bag, is available athttps://www.toronto.ca/community-people/public-safety-alerts/emergency-preparedness/. Assistance for vulnerable peopleThe City asks that residents help vulnerable people by calling 311 if there is a need for street outreach assistance, 911 if the situation is an emergency. The declaration of an Extreme Cold Weather Alert activates additional City services that focus on getting and keeping vulnerable residents inside.

A warming centre is opened at Metro Hall by 7 p.m. the day an alert is called, and remains open continuously until noon on the day an alert is terminated. Pets are welcome. Service restrictions at shelters are also relaxed and additional overnight street outreach teams are deployed.

More information about 24-hour respite sites, shelters, housing help, drop-ins and Out of the Cold programs is available at http://toronto.ca/homelesshelp. Basement flooding and frozen pipes with possible rain and snow accumulation, residents are encouraged to do the following to prevent basement flooding:

• Shovel the snow and ice away from the foundation and onto a lawn, not the road.

• Ensure eavestroughs and downspouts are clear of snow, ice and other debris and are working properly.

• If it is safe to do so, clear debris from roadside catch basins to help melting snow and rain enter the storm sewer. During cold winter weather, water pipes can freeze. Property owners are encouraged to take steps to protect pipes from freezing and learn what to do if they freeze, at http://www.toronto.ca/frozenpipes. Power outagesPower outages can be reported to Toronto Hydro at 416-542-8000. Toronto Hydro will work to restore power as quickly as possible. During an outage, residents are reminded to follow these safety precautions:

• Unplug or turn off all appliances to avoid possible damage when power resumes.

• Don’t use barbecues, propane heaters or portable generators indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, covered porches and sheds – they generate carbon monoxide gas, which can be fatal.

• Never leave candles unattended. Use a flashlight instead.

• If electricity is restored to your area, but your home still does not have power, call Toronto Hydro at 416-542-800 (press 1) to speak with a dispatcher.

• Plug in only the most essential appliances first, and wait 10 to 15 minutes to give the electrical system time to stabilize before connecting other items. After power is restored, the public should limit electricity use to help relieve potential strain on the system by these measures:

• Turn off all non-essential internal and external lights

• Limit the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers. Contacting the City and other agenciesResidents are reminded that 911 is for emergencies only, including downed power lines. For all other incidents where police are required, call 416-808-2222.

***Residents are asked not to call 311 to ask when their street will be plowed. ***

Local roads are plowed 14 to 16 hours after snowfall is over. To watch plows working in real time visit http://www.toronto.ca/plowTO. Staff are available at 311 Toronto, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to City-related inquiries and service requests, including non-working traffic signals, other road and sidewalk problems, as well as damaged trees on City property. To contact 311 Toronto Dial 3-1-1, email 311@toronto.ca or visit http://www.toronto.ca/311.

For damaged trees on private property, residents should contact a private tree service company. For updates during an emergency event and other City information, follow @cityoftoronto on Twitter. For updates on winter operations follow @TO_WinterOps on Twitter. For the most up-to-date weather information, visit Environment Canada’s website at https://weather.gc.ca/.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on

Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cityoftoronto,

on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto

or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto


If you have any questions or concerns before, during, or after this snow arrives, please reach out to me by email councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca Phone: 416-392-4008 Twitter: @Ainslie_Ward24 Instagram: @cllrainslie or this Facebook Page.


All my Best, Paul

What Has The City of Toronto Done With Open Data?????

Dear Ward 24 Residents,

I thought I would provide a bit of an update on what the City of Toronto has been doing with Open Data……..

  • January the Toronto City Council unanimously voted to support the City’s first Open Data Master Plan to provide a framework and roadmap to guide the City’s next phases of open data.

 

  • Throughout the year there was a deliberate focus to launch a new Open Data Visualization Portal on Toronto.ca, realized in May 2018. The portal improves overall accessibility to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • The City’s work and investment in open data is a key contributor to the success of Smart Cities, Civic Innovation, and Open Government.
  • The open data movement, and increased engagement partnership building through initiatives like the Civic Innovation Office and Toronto Civic Hall have broadened collaborations around open data are thriving.
  • These efforts have led to nearly $200,000 savings in development costs by focusing on open source and collaborative development in the creation of a new Open Data Visualization Portal, and the development of an automated dataset publication process that will increase the speed and quality of open data publishing.
  • City Divisions and Agencies are releasing high-value datasets – over 30 new datasets (including 145 new data files and numerous updates to the catalogue) were published in 2018, bringing the total to 292 datasets and 1326 data files.
  • Partnerships with Agencies and Corporations are being enhanced, like the Rocketman App

that uses TTC Next Arrival Open Data, the most widely used open dataset in the City of Toronto. Accessed approximately 1.5 million times per year and powers an entire ecosystem of apps and products around transportation and mobility throughout (and around) the City.

  • Waze App: An app that identifies Road Restrictions throughout the City, enhancing mobility for drivers on City streets.

 

  • Recyclewizard: Enhances smartphone optical recognition through Open Data to identify whether an object is waste, recycling, organics, or electronics.
  • The City continues to be a recognized leader and trusted partner in the Open Data community participating:
    • OneEleven’s Safer Neighbourhood Hackathon – CodeAcross2019 CivicTech Hackathon and ElevateTO’s Smart Connected Communities Hackathon
    • In addition to these events the Open Data program continues to be recognized at Awards Events and has received an:
      • Open Data for Democracy Award from Public Service Digest; a Small Team award at Technicity
      • and a Grass Roots Marketing Award for their engagement work on the Open Data Master Plan.

 

  • Toronto embraces and nurtures innovation, known as an international centre for innovation and technology a reputation that has been growing and expanding.
  • The Toronto Region is drawing international attention demonstrating that it is a disruptive force and fertile ground for emerging technologies and opportunities.
  • Toronto’s richness in post-secondary institutions, computer science advancements and financial institutions are key to our Innovation Ecosystem.
  • We have a growing number of powerful incubators & accelerators:
    • Ryerson’s DMZ (Rated #1 in North America)
    • the Toronto Stock exchange
    • and big hospitals and research networks that all contribute to this innovation ecosystem.
  • In 2019 the Open Data Program will continue to evolve and focus on community engagement and collaboration activities as it continues to implement the Open Data Master Plan through to 2022.

 

All my Best,

Paul

Snow….Snow….And More Snow Monday Afternoon What is Toronto Doing?

Good Morning Ward 24!

For the snow event of January 27, here is an update on Transportation Services’  winter operations plans as of January 28 at 9AM.

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***Note:  These plans are estimates only and subject to changing conditions such as timing of the event and the amount of precipitation.****

Weather:  Dry conditions are likely to last through much of Monday morning before a clipper system brings substantial snow. This could be preceded by a few flurries off the lake from mid-late morning into the early afternoon due to easterly winds but more persistent snow is going to set in by mid-afternoon and continue through Monday evening and into the night. The heaviest snowfall will be from mid-afternoon through the rush hour into the evening and the early overnight, tapering to flurries second half of the night and ending near dawn. Accumulations of 7-12 cm are forecast by midnight with some pockets up to 15 cm possible. An additional 2-5cm is possible from midnight to the pre-dawn before tapering off, so a few locations could see up to 20 cm. Wind gusts of 40-60 km/h will also produce some blowing and drifting snow. Tuesday will have a mixture of sun and cloud with a few scattered flurries developing. Winds will ease but it will start to turn much colder. Bitterly cold for Wednesday with a chance of a few flurries again but sunshine in between.

Roadway Salting:

– Currently salting local roads only as a followup to local road plowing.

– Local salting to be completed by 11am.

Roadway Plowing:

– Plowing operations on local roads were completed by approx 2am in all areas.

Trails & Separated Bike Lanes:

– Cleanup operations on the Martin Goodman Trail resumed this morning at 7am.

– Cleanup operations on the separated bike lanes resumed this morning at 7am.

Sidewalks & Bus Stops:

– Mechanical sidewalk clearing on high & low volume routes was completed by approx. 10:30pm in all areas

– Bus stop clearing was completed at approx. 7am Monday.

I will post more information as it becomes available from City staff

For up to the minute updates please follow Transportation Services on Twitter at @TO_WinterOps and on our real-time public GPS site at  http://www.toronto.ca/plowto  ​

All my Best,

Paul