Save Toronto’s Ash Trees – Raising Awareness about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Posted on July 12, 2013

 

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an introduced insect pest from Asia.

EAB attacks and kills all species of true ash trees, (those trees within the genus Fraxinus, not mountain ash).

EAB feeds beneath the bark and disrupts the flow of water and nutrients within trees.

Tree mortality will occur if a tree is infested, and not treated with pesticide. It may take as little as one year, however death normally occurs within 2-3 years of infestation.

For the full PDF Presentation made by the City, click here: http://www.toronto.ca/trees/pdfs/EABPresentation.pdf

 

 

For more information on what the community is doing and how YOU can participate, go to http://www.yourleaf.org/ and become an Ambassador!

Message from the City: Basement Flooding Calls and Saturday's (July 13th) Special Garbage Collection

Posted on July 12, 2013


City addressing basement flooding calls and providing special garbage collection after storm:

The City of Toronto is reminding residents to call 311, the City’s 24-hour customer service line, to report basements flooded as a result of the intense rainfall on July 8.

311 is continuing to dispatch Toronto Water staff to investigate each call as quickly as possible. Residents are being asked to remain patient during this time. As of today, the City has received nearly 3,000 basement flooding calls. Due to the high volume of requests, it will take staff four to five days to visit a home once a call is received.

During investigations, Toronto Water staff will inspect the area’s sewer system. If you are home when staff arrives, they will work with you to collect information on the cause of the flood. If you are not home, they will leave a door hanger with further details, including contact information for Toronto Water staff. Please do not call 311 once you receive a door hanger.

The results of these investigations will help the City determine if further solutions need to be put in place to help reduce basement flooding in areas most affected by the storm.

Residents are reminded to report flood-related property damage to their insurance provider as soon as possible. Take photos to support your insurance claim, and keep receipts for emergency repair work or cleanup.

Be mindful of health and safety when cleaning a flooded basement as you may be exposed to sewage or come in contact with water and electricity. Consider getting help with flooding cleanup through a water damage restoration company.

If the flooding is a result of a blocked drain pipe, leaking foundation walls or poor lot drainage on the property, the property owner is responsible for repairs and any subsequent damaged caused by the flooding.

If you believe the City has been negligent in maintaining City facilities or infrastructure, such as roads and sewers, you can file a claim. More information can be found at:www.toronto.ca/finance/insurance_claims.htm

Residents are also invited to learn more about the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Subsidy Protection Program, which offers a financial subsidy to residents who isolate their home from the City’s sewer system. Eligible improvements include disconnecting your foundation drains (weeping tiles) from the sewer system, and the installation of a backwater valve or sump pump.

For more information about basement flooding, including more prevention tips, visit http://www.toronto.ca/water.

Special garbage collection
The City will provide a special collection on Saturday, July 13 for waste created by flooding. Residents also have the option of setting out flood-damaged items on their regular garbage day. Residents are reminded to check with their insurance company before setting items out for collection (proof of damage prior to disposal may be needed for reimbursement). If it’s at the curb, the City will collect it.

Bulky items such as couches, mattresses or other furniture do not need to be dismantled. Carpet must be tied in rolls measuring 1.2 metres (4 feet) in length. Smaller items should be placed in garbage bags; no City-issued Bag Tag required. Each bag or roll of carpet cannot weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs). Please place all flood-damaged material out at the curb by 7 a.m. and leave items out until collected (collection may continue until Monday).

Green Bin collection is not part of the special collection. Place spoiled food items in the Green Bin for pickup on your regular collection day.

Do not set out any construction/renovation waste (i.e. drywall, wood) or household hazardous waste (i.e. paint cans, fluorescent lighting tubes/bulbs).

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Message from the City: Basement Flooding Calls and Saturday’s (July 13th) Special Garbage Collection

Posted on July 12, 2013


City addressing basement flooding calls and providing special garbage collection after storm:

The City of Toronto is reminding residents to call 311, the City’s 24-hour customer service line, to report basements flooded as a result of the intense rainfall on July 8.

311 is continuing to dispatch Toronto Water staff to investigate each call as quickly as possible. Residents are being asked to remain patient during this time. As of today, the City has received nearly 3,000 basement flooding calls. Due to the high volume of requests, it will take staff four to five days to visit a home once a call is received.

During investigations, Toronto Water staff will inspect the area’s sewer system. If you are home when staff arrives, they will work with you to collect information on the cause of the flood. If you are not home, they will leave a door hanger with further details, including contact information for Toronto Water staff. Please do not call 311 once you receive a door hanger.

The results of these investigations will help the City determine if further solutions need to be put in place to help reduce basement flooding in areas most affected by the storm.

Residents are reminded to report flood-related property damage to their insurance provider as soon as possible. Take photos to support your insurance claim, and keep receipts for emergency repair work or cleanup.

Be mindful of health and safety when cleaning a flooded basement as you may be exposed to sewage or come in contact with water and electricity. Consider getting help with flooding cleanup through a water damage restoration company.

If the flooding is a result of a blocked drain pipe, leaking foundation walls or poor lot drainage on the property, the property owner is responsible for repairs and any subsequent damaged caused by the flooding.

If you believe the City has been negligent in maintaining City facilities or infrastructure, such as roads and sewers, you can file a claim. More information can be found at:www.toronto.ca/finance/insurance_claims.htm

Residents are also invited to learn more about the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Subsidy Protection Program, which offers a financial subsidy to residents who isolate their home from the City’s sewer system. Eligible improvements include disconnecting your foundation drains (weeping tiles) from the sewer system, and the installation of a backwater valve or sump pump.

For more information about basement flooding, including more prevention tips, visit http://www.toronto.ca/water.

Special garbage collection
The City will provide a special collection on Saturday, July 13 for waste created by flooding. Residents also have the option of setting out flood-damaged items on their regular garbage day. Residents are reminded to check with their insurance company before setting items out for collection (proof of damage prior to disposal may be needed for reimbursement). If it’s at the curb, the City will collect it.

Bulky items such as couches, mattresses or other furniture do not need to be dismantled. Carpet must be tied in rolls measuring 1.2 metres (4 feet) in length. Smaller items should be placed in garbage bags; no City-issued Bag Tag required. Each bag or roll of carpet cannot weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs). Please place all flood-damaged material out at the curb by 7 a.m. and leave items out until collected (collection may continue until Monday).

Green Bin collection is not part of the special collection. Place spoiled food items in the Green Bin for pickup on your regular collection day.

Do not set out any construction/renovation waste (i.e. drywall, wood) or household hazardous waste (i.e. paint cans, fluorescent lighting tubes/bulbs).

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In response to Heavy Rainfall – July 8th, 2013

Posted on July 9, 2013

People wade through flood water on Lakeshore West during Monday's storm.

Photo via FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS –

People wade through flood water on Lakeshore West during Monday’s storm.

 

Update from the City:
City services resuming following yesterday’s intense rainfall

City crews and the City’s Emergency Operations Centre have been working closely throughout the night with Toronto Hydro and the TTC to manage impacts to residents and restore services to residents as quickly as possible after yesterday’s intense rainfall. Environment Canada advises that all weather warnings across the Toronto area have ended. Toronto Hydro advises that service has been restored to all but 35,000 customers in the Toronto area.

With the exception of the Bloor-Danforth subway line from Jane to Kipling stations, the Toronto Transit Commission will be operating at capacity across the subway system this morning. Residents should refer to the TTC’s Service Alerts web page for details and up-to-date information at www.ttc.ca. Information on service impacts for GO Transit commuters is available at www.gotransit.com.

Most city roadways are open to traffic this morning, including:
– Don Valley Parkway
– Lake Shore Blvd.
– Allen Expressway.

The Bayview Extension is closed, as is Rosedale Valley Road from Bayview to Park Road, and the underpass at King and Atlantic streets. There continue to be some limited impacts and closures to some local roads throughout the city.

In the event of a flooded basement:
• Call the City of Toronto at 311 to report a blocked basement drain or sewer back-up, or for information or assistance with a blocked drain, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. During this extreme weather event residents should expect high call volumes. Calls will be answered by the first available agent.
• Call your insurance company as soon as possible to report property damage caused by flooding.
• Be mindful of your health and safety when cleaning up a flooded basement – do not stand in flood water, call a professional for assistance. More information about basement flooding is available on the City of Toronto’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/water.

How to report a power outage:
• Call Toronto Hydro-Electric System’s Lights Out number at 416-542-8000.

During an outage:
• Unplug or turn off all appliances to avoid possible damage when power resumes.
• Turn off water to the clothes washer and dishwasher if they are in use when the power goes out.
• Leave a light or radio on so you will know when power is restored.
• When power has been restored, check all fuses to ensure that none have been blown, before calling Toronto Hydro.
• Plug in only the most essential appliances first, and wait 10 to 15 minutes to give the electrical system time to stabilize before connecting everything else.

Food Safety:
During a power failure, food kept in the refrigerator or freezer may become unsafe to eat. The following tips will help ensure food is stored safely in the event of a power outage:
• Keep your refrigerator door closed to maintain the temperature inside. Without power, the refrigerator section will keep foods cool for four to six hours – if the door is kept closed.
• Throw out perishable foods such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs and leftovers that have been at temperatures above 4°C for more than two hours.
• Keep your freezer door closed to maintain the temperature inside. Without power, an upright or chest freezer that is completely full will keep food frozen for about 48 hours – if the door is kept closed. A half-full freezer will keep food frozen for about 24 hours.
• Foods that have thawed in the freezer may be refrozen if they still contain ice crystals or are at 4°C or below – evaluate each item separately.
• Partial thawing and refreezing may reduce the quality of some food, but food will remain safe to eat.

As always, residents are asked to check in on elderly neighbours or those who may need assistance.

Please be reminded that 9-1-1 is an emergency number. Please use the non-emergency police number 416-808-2222 for non-life threatening situations.

Bloor GO Station Construction: Continuous Weekend Work July 12 to 14 and July 19 to 21

Posted on July 5, 2013

As part of the ongoing construction at Bloor GO Station, continuous work will be required throughout the weekend to install the pedestrian tunnels. We can only complete this when trains are not operating. Work will begin as usual at 7:00 a.m. on Friday July 12 and Friday July 19. Work will continue overnight, throughout each weekend and finish at 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

 

Click here for a construction update with more information.

Bloor Station Overnight Work

Road Reconstruction, Watermain and Combined Sewer Replacement – Dufferin Street

Posted on July 5, 2013

Transportation Services has reviewed the overall 2013 construction plan for this area and decided that it would be best to close the Southbound lanes on Dufferin Street (between Peel and Dundas) instead of the Northbound, to facilitate the construction works.

Therefore, effective June 24, 2013 the Southbound Lanes were closed and one lane of traffic will be maintained in the Northbound Direction. Attached is a construction update notice which was delivered to the residents on June 21, 2013 to advise of these changes.  A copy of this notice is attached for your records.

Dufferin Street – construction-update Notice

Toronto Public Library Votes Down Paid Parking Pilot Project – Toronto Parking Authority Assessment

Posted on July 5, 2013

 

At its meeting on June 24 2013, the Toronto Public Library Board voted to NOT proceed with the paid parking project at the Parkdale Branch. More information is available on line at http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/content/about-the-library/pdfs/board/meetings/2013/jun24/13.pdf.

City of Toronto to host Family Fishing Festival weekend

Posted on July 5, 2013

TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO


City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to celebrate Family Fishing Festival at High Park and Toronto Island. This weekend event is a celebration of fishing in natural places and will include family games, face painting, environmental education and lots of fishing.

Residents can take part at Grenadier Pond in High Park (1873 Bloor St. W.) on Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Centre Island on Sunday, July 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Please note: registration is required for the Centre Island event – visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-392-8192 to register. Event code: 2198905.)

 

The festival will take place during the Province of Ontario’s Licence-Free Family Fishing Week (July 6 to 14), when it is not necessary to have a licence to fish.

The festival is sponsored by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in cooperation with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors, Ontario Chinese Anglers Association, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows, Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Media contact: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726, pfrmedialine@toronto.ca

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