Contact Voltage – What Toronto Hydro is Doing

Posted on February 5, 2009

Toronto Hydro has further accelerated its city-wide inspection of hand wells following recent incidents involving the death of two dogs, as well as reports that children have also received minor shocks from contact voltage.

Toronto Hydro has now suspended normal operations and assigned all non-emergency crews to its contact voltage program. More than 600 tradespersons and support staff are dedicated to this effort.

The inspections and remediation work will radiate from the downtown core out to all neighbourhoods. This will ensure that the oldest equipment is inspected and repaired first. Toronto Hydro expects to have the older parts of Toronto completed by the end of February.

Toronto Hydro has also:

Launched a full-scale Public Awareness and Safety Campaign with advertisements in Toronto major daily newspapers, ethnic and community papers (see below).

Dedicated an emergency line (416) 222-3773 for reporting contact voltage.

Forwarded a notice to Toronto and Catholic District School Boards for circulation.

Updated our web site with information regarding contact voltage.

Issued a notice on street lighting to City Councillors.

In addition:

We’ll be communicating a Public Safety Message regarding contact voltage to our customers via Bill Inserts.

We’ll also be replacing metal hand well lids with non-conductive ones to permanently fix this problem.

We encourage you and your constituents to report any contact voltage by calling our emergency line (416) 222-3773.

Reminder – Georgetown – Airport Rail Link – Public consultation

Posted on February 5, 2009

Georgetown – Airport Rail Link – Public consultationMetrolinx, an agency of the Ontario Government, is conducting a six-month Transit Environmental Assessment. As part of the process, Metrolinx will be holding six Community Engagement Open Houses.

The proposed service expansion will increase rail service on the eastern boundary of the ward and impact many residents in both the West Bend I encourage you all to attend one of the meetings in our ward to find out more information. Below I have highlighted some aspects of the project and noted the consultations dates in West Bend and Parkdale. and Parkdale.

For more information, please visit info@metrolinx.com.

GO Rail Georgetown South Corridor Service Expansion project includes:

Adding 3 new tracks from the airport spur to Dundas Street and 4 new tracks to east of Strachan Avenue in the 25 kilometre rail corridor Malton and Union Station

  • Widening of 14 bridges and eliminating all level road crossings on the CN line in the Georgetown South Corridor, including new grade separations at Strachan Avenue, Denison Road and Carlingview Drive
  • A covered depressed rail corridor through Weston that maintains Church and King streets at their present grade and a pedestrian overpass at John Street
  • Relocating the GO Weston Stop from John Street to Lawrence Avenue and the construction of a Weston Station to accommodate GO trains and Union-Pearson rail link trains
  • Modifications to the Bloor GO/Dundas TTC station to accommodate GO and Union-Pearson rail link trains
  • Consideration for the Gateway Hub proposed in the Metrolinx Regional Transportation at the proposed Eglinton Light Rail Transit crossing line for GO trains
  • Designing for a potential future GO/Union-Pearson rail link station at Woodbine

GO Rail Georgetown South Corridor Service Expansion project will provide the following new services:

  • Two-way, all-day local service between Toronto and Georgetown, and between Toronto and Bradford
  • All-day express service between Toronto and Brampton
  • New peak period service between Toronto and Bolton and between Toronto and Guelph, and
  • Establish a new rail link between Union Station and Pearson International Airport.

Community Engagement Open Houses

Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 11am – 8:30pm

The Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON

Monday, February 9, 2009, 11am – 8:30pm

Direct Energy Centre – Salon 110, 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON

Other meeting dates can be found at:

http://www.metrolinx.com/gsse/community/open_house.aspx

City of Toronto launches Development Application Status website

Posted on February 5, 2009

The City of Toronto has launched the new Development Application Status website as part of City Planning’s commitment to continually improve the planning process. This website allows the public to access detailed and current information on active development projects and planning applications back to January 1, 2006. Information can be accessed through a user-friendly search tool that returns the following results: project data, approval process status, public meeting dates and the assigned planner’s name and phone number.

Please visit www.toronto.ca/planning/developmentapplications

2009 Youth in Policing Initiative

Posted on February 5, 2009

The Toronto Police Service is now accepting applications for the 2009 Youth

in Policing Initiative and we need your help in spreading the word to all

eligible candidates!

Every summer 100 youth are hired from Priority Neighbourhoods to work

throughout the Toronto Police Service. They are placed in 45 locations,

including all Divisions, and support units like the Marine Unit, the

Mounted Unit, and the Forensics Identification Unit.

In addition to daily duties, they also have the opportunity to work at

cultural events such as Caribana and Taste of the Danforth. All students

are taken on a comprehensive tour in order to expose them to different

areas of the Service including Police Dog Services, Communications (911

Call Centre), the Emergency Task Force, and the Police Museum.

All in all, students conclude their summer with a solid work experience, a

better understanding of the Toronto Police Service, and friendships with

other students and members of the Service that they’ll take with them in

their futures.

The Youth in Policing Initiative is a unique opportunity that is not to be

missed. If you know or work with youth aged 14-17, who reside in one of

the priority neighbourhoods, who don’t have a criminal record, and who may

be interested in working with the Toronto Police for the summer, please

encourage them to apply.

For more information on this program, please visit our website at

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/yipi/ or

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/careers/postings/20090128-jcexternal_yipi.pdf

. Please note that the deadline for applications is Wednesday, February

25, 2009.

Executive Committee endorses Toronto Beaches Plan

Posted on February 5, 2009

This week the City’s Executive Committee endorsed the Toronto Beaches Plan − “Great City, Great Beaches.”The plan sets out a vision and an action plan to further enhance water quality, maintenance and operations, facilities and amenities, programming, and education and communications − with the goal of getting all Toronto swimming beaches to and beyond the international Blue Flag standard (open for swimming at least 80 per cent of the beach season).

The staff report, which the Executive Committee endorsed, will be considered by Toronto City Council at its February meeting. It seeks direction to implement a number of key recommendations outlined in Great City, Great Beaches, including an action plan for 2009-2010 with short-term tasks, do-able within existing budget envelopes, which will effectively improve and enhance the City’s 11 swimming beaches. The report also identifies a number of steps to specifically target the water quality at three beaches (Sunnyside, Marie Curtis East and Rouge) with the poorest water quality.

Successful implementation of the plan will be indicated by fewer days that beaches are posted unsafe for swimming, the awarding of additional Blue Flags, and higher levels of user satisfaction at swimming beaches.

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