Extending the outdoor skating season at 11 locations

Posted on February 28, 2014

Parks GM has announced the reopening of 11 additional outdoor skating rink locations until March 16, weather permitting (these locations are in addition to the 17 locations already extended). The additional rinks will reopen either March 1 or 2, once we confirm staff for each location.

The sponsors held a press conference at 3 p.m. today at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Strategic Communications will be issuing a news release and tweet later today, and an updated outdoor rink listing will be posted on the City of Toronto website.

Locations include:

1. Alexandra Park/Harry Gairey
2. Giovanni Caboto
3. High Park
4. Humber Valley
5. Otter Creek Centre
6. Ramsden
7. Riverdale Park East
8. Regent Park North
9. Sir Adam Beck
10. Trinity Bellwoods
11. Westway

These locations were determined based on volume of usage, equitable distribution throughout the city, compressor capacity and outdoor lighting.

Ontario Place Park and Trail Public Meeting – March 19th, 2014

Posted on February 28, 2014

 

 

Your park. Your ideas.

They are moving into the next phase of planning the new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place.

 

Go to their next public meeting to see the more developed design – it has been refined based on your ideas. They continue to seek your valued input as they move toward unveiling the final design this summer.

 

When: Wednesday, March 19, 20146 – 9 p.m.
What: Design presentation and facilitated session for gathering feedback and ideas
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre,South Building, Room 701

222 Bremner Boulevard

Toronto, ON M5V 2W6

Closed captioning and American Sign Language interpreters will support the meeting. If you have any accessibility requirements, please email or call at 416-212-2161.

 

Help spread the word and post this tweet to your followers:

Save the date! The next public meeting for the #OntarioPlace park & trail is March 19 6-9pm to show developed designs http://ontario.ca/myontarioplace

 

You can also join the conversation using their hashtag #OntarioPlace or follow them at @ExploreON.

News Release – Town hall meetings on Toronto Hydro's response to ice storm on March 6th, 2014

Posted on February 28, 2014

Town hall meetings on Toronto Hydro’s response to ice storm

The Independent Review Panel responsible for assessing Toronto Hydro’s response to the December 2013 ice storm will hold three concurrent town hall meetings on Thursday, March 6. Toronto residents and business owners will have an opportunity to comment on Toronto Hydro’s preparation for and response to the ice storm.

The City of Toronto is co-ordinating the meetings, which will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the following locations:
• North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
• Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
• Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

Panel members will moderate each meeting. Torontonians may address the panel for three minutes each. Written comments will also be accepted. The panel has asked that Toronto Hydro representatives not be present at the meetings in order that Torontonians may speak freely. The panel will consider the information gathered in these meetings as it develops its findings and recommendations, to be published in a final report.

Customers and residents unable to attend one of these meetings can provide feedback to Davies Consulting LLC by email at torontoicestorm@daviescon.com.

Davies Consulting, a leading energy consultancy, is conducting the review of Toronto Hydro’s response to the ice storm under the direction of the Independent Review Panel.

About the Independent Review Panel: This expert panel is composed of chair David McFadden, partner at Gowlings law firm; Sean Conway, visiting fellow at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy; Carlos Torres, vice-president of emergency management at Consolidated Edison of New York; and Joe Pennachetti, Toronto City Manager. The panel is responsible for overseeing the review of Toronto Hydro’s performance during the December 2013 ice storm that affected more than 300,000 customers in the Greater Toronto Area.

News Release – Town hall meetings on Toronto Hydro’s response to ice storm on March 6th, 2014

Posted on February 28, 2014

Town hall meetings on Toronto Hydro’s response to ice storm

The Independent Review Panel responsible for assessing Toronto Hydro’s response to the December 2013 ice storm will hold three concurrent town hall meetings on Thursday, March 6. Toronto residents and business owners will have an opportunity to comment on Toronto Hydro’s preparation for and response to the ice storm.

The City of Toronto is co-ordinating the meetings, which will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the following locations:
• North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
• Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
• Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

Panel members will moderate each meeting. Torontonians may address the panel for three minutes each. Written comments will also be accepted. The panel has asked that Toronto Hydro representatives not be present at the meetings in order that Torontonians may speak freely. The panel will consider the information gathered in these meetings as it develops its findings and recommendations, to be published in a final report.

Customers and residents unable to attend one of these meetings can provide feedback to Davies Consulting LLC by email at torontoicestorm@daviescon.com.

Davies Consulting, a leading energy consultancy, is conducting the review of Toronto Hydro’s response to the ice storm under the direction of the Independent Review Panel.

About the Independent Review Panel: This expert panel is composed of chair David McFadden, partner at Gowlings law firm; Sean Conway, visiting fellow at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy; Carlos Torres, vice-president of emergency management at Consolidated Edison of New York; and Joe Pennachetti, Toronto City Manager. The panel is responsible for overseeing the review of Toronto Hydro’s performance during the December 2013 ice storm that affected more than 300,000 customers in the Greater Toronto Area.

Toronto Police Service 11, 12, 13, 14 Division is holding a job fair for the position of Crossing Guard

Posted on February 28, 2014

The Toronto Police Service 11, 12, 13, 14 Division is holding a job fair for
the position of School Crossing Guard.

 

The event will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
at 1033 King Street West, Toronto on the ground floor. (Condo building at King
St. W. & Shaw St.)

 

Job requirements:

 

• Eligible to work in Canada
• Minimum 18 years of
age
• Able to speak English
• No criminal
record
• 20/30 vision in both eyes (corrective lenses may be
worn)
• Medically fit to do the job

 

Job benefits:

 

• Short shifts
• Part-time hours
• Earn $11.67/hour

• Rate of pay increases with years of service
• Travel
allowance
• Help your community
• Keep physically active

 

Pre-registration required.
Call: 416-848-7980 Ext. 301

 

Job Fair link to poster:

 

http://on.fb.me/1llEySa

The Four Villages Community Health Centre Presents: Two upcoming info sessions – March 14th and 28th, 2014

Posted on February 28, 2014

From Hospital to Home:
What happens when I’m discharged from the hospital?

4CATS - Hospital to Home-page-001

Falls Prevention
Workshop

 

4CATS - Falls Prevention_2-page-001

Watermain breaks and frozen water services

Posted on February 28, 2014

City of Toronto News release:

February 28, 2014

 

Extreme, prolonged cold temperatures affecting water services

 

Prolonged, extreme cold temperatures are having an impact on the City’s watermains and water services causing delays in response times to service calls related to the cold weather.

 

Toronto has been experiencing unprecedented, sub-zero temperatures for an extended period of time. Water pipes are buried below the frost line (the frost line is approximately four feet below the surface), but unusually cold weather is freezing the ground below the frost line, causing watermains to break more frequently and some water services, the underground pipes that brings water to homes, to freeze.

 

The City has hired contractors to help Toronto Water staff thaw frozen underground water services, and is making arrangements to purchase more thawing equipment.  Additional staff are being reassigned to assist with frozen pipes and watermain breaks. Municipalities throughout the GTA are also experiencing a significant increase in watermain breaks and freezing pipes so we are unable to ask for assistance from our local neighbours.

 

The City is asking residents for their patience, as it deals with extremely high volumes of service calls related to the cold weather.

 

From January 1 to February 28 the City has repaired 772 watermain breaks, received 1,839 no water calls and has repaired 438 leaking water services. In 2013, there were approximately 1,500 watermain breaks recorded for the whole year.

 

How to help prevent underground water services from freezing after repair

  • If your underground water service has been repaired by the City, please ensure you keep a tap open for a trickle of water to flow so there is some movement in the water pipes.

 

Tips to avoid frozen pipes in your home

  • While the temperature is well below freezing, consider leaving a tap open enough for a trickle of water to flow so there is some movement in the water pipes that might be vulnerable to freezing.
  • If your water pipes are attached to an uninsulated outside wall, remove the clamp from the pipes and gently pull the pipes away from the wall and wrap with insulation.
  • Insulate all exposed outside water pipes with specially designed foam pipe covers, available at building supply or home improvement stores.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, you can shut off the main service valve in your basement and open all taps to drain the water out of your plumbing lines to prevent them from freezing.
  • Commercial water customers need to prepare for cold nights as well. Protect fire lines by wrapping all lines exposed to cold.

Precautions/steps to take to thaw water pipes in your home

Precautions

  • Do not use a torch with an open flame to thaw pipes, as this is a fire hazard.
  • Ensure you know the location of your master water shut-off valve. The frozen pipe may be broken and when the water in it thaws it will leak. If the pipe is broken, you will need to shut off the water in your house until the pipe is repaired.

Steps to thaw a frozen pipe

  • Turn on a tap in the basement, preferably the cold water faucet in the laundry room.
  • Use a blow dryer to warm the suspected frozen pipe for one or two hours. Check blow dryer regularly to ensure it does not overheat.
  • Place a warm towel or rag around the suspected frozen pipe.
  • Depending on the outside temperature and the extent of freezing within the pipe, the thawing process could take between one and six hours.

 

For more information visit:  www.toronto.ca/water

 

 

Employment Standards for the Taxi Industry – February 20, 2014

Posted on February 26, 2014

My motion for improving employment standards for the Taxi Industry.

LS26.1 4 – Motion to Amend Item (Additional)
http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.LS26.1
“That City Council request the Province of Ontario to enact regulations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 which would ensure that all taxicab drivers are entitled to minimum wage and other employment protections (i.e., entitlement to overtime pay, public holidays, and holiday pay), regardless of whether or not the taxicab driver is leasing a taxicab or is considered an employee for the purposes of the Act.”

The motion carried.

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