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Open Streets TO features its deepest programming lineup yet in 2017

Posted on 08 August 2017 by admin

Canada's largest free recreation program will connect Toronto's communities via stretches of iconic Bloor and Yonge Streets.

TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2017 /CNW/ – Open Streets TO today announced its most expansive programming lineup to date, solidifying its position as the largest free recreation program in Canada. Program routes for 2017 are as follows:

  • August 20, 2017 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm): Bloor Street (East/West from Montrose Avenue – just west of Christie Street – to Sherbourne Street); Yonge Street (North/South from Bloor Street to Queen Street).
     
  • September 17, 2017 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm): Bloor Street (East/West from Montrose Avenue – just west of Christie Street – to Sherbourne Street); Yonge Street (North/South from Bloor Street to Queen Street).

 

On both dates, people traffic will replace car traffic, as the streets become "paved parks" where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic and ethnic backgrounds can get active and connect with their community and each other.

This year's first date (August 20) will mark the first time the program will lay sod – some 5,000 square feet of grass – just east of the Yonge and Bloor intersection, the de facto heart of the city and a connective symbol. This will offer a stark "green" contrast to the urban realities of Toronto's downtown core.

The August 20 program date will also help Ontario celebrate its 150th birthday, by showcasing many diverse forms of cultural dance represented by Ontarians. The dedicated space, at Yonge and Bloor, will feature dance performances and mini lessons throughout the day from groups representing Peruvian, Azerbaijani and Filipino communities as well as Brazilian Capoeira and Bon Odori (Japanese folk dance).

"Open Streets is about getting out, being active and connecting people in the city without the barriers and stresses created by vehicle traffic," said David Simor, Community Outreach Director, Open Streets TO. "We are ecstatic to be back for our fourth year, offering Torontonians a chance to experience our beloved city in ways they never could before. And by including such an extensive offering of programming, we are excited to appeal to participants young and old and to bring together Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods in a celebration of physical activity and unity."

The deeper lineup acknowledges the interest of attendees, 97 per cent of whom said in a Ryerson University survey that they supported the expansion of the Open Streets concept. In addition, 85 per cent of those surveyed agreed that Open Streets strengthens the community, and 75 per cent said that it improved their perception of Toronto – both core objectives of the program. In terms of physical activity, 62 per cent of respondents said they would not have been engaged in active recreation had it not been for Open Streets Toronto.

"Iconic cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Mexico City all promote a variety of the Open Streets concept," said Toronto City Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam. "I am proud that Toronto put itself on this map of great cities in 2014 by creating our own distinct program and am looking forward to this summer's exciting program."

As in previous years, Activity Hubs will be set up by local businesses and community organizations along the route, showcasing the character of each neighbourhood in authentic ways. No outside vendors are permitted, underpinning the neighbourhood feel of the program. Some exciting additions to this year's Activity Hubs will include Live Green, Toronto Animal Services, Come Alive Outside and Lululemon, among others.

A full description of the event hubs can be seen here: https://www.openstreetsto.org/activity-hubs

For more information about the event, visit: www.openstreetsto.org

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City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following News Release

Posted on 07 August 2013 by admin

August 7, 2013

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Two special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.
 
Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.
 
In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/.

Taste of The Danforth – Friday to Sunday closure
Danforth Avenue will be closed in both directions from Broadview Avenue to Jones Avenue starting Friday, August 9 at 11 a.m. until Sunday, August 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Wheels on the Danforth and Fun in the Park – Saturday closure
Danforth Avenue from Warden Avenue to Byng Avenue and Danforth Road from Landry Avenue to Danforth Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, August 10, from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

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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City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following News Release

Posted on 10 July 2013 by admin

July 9, 2013         

Afternoon update on City of Toronto services after intense rainfall on July 8

City of Toronto crews and the City's Emergency Operations Centre continue to work closely with Toronto Hydro and the TTC to manage the impacts of yesterday's intense rainfall and to restore service levels as quickly as possible.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm warning for the Toronto area this evening, including torrential downpours, damaging winds, and large hail.

Streams, creeks and rivers may have higher water levels during this time. Residents are cautioned to avoid these areas. The Don River will have noticeably higher water levels – use extreme caution in this area.

Toronto Hydro advises that service has been restored to most areas of the city, however 70,000 customers, mainly located in the west end of the city, remain without power. Full service restoration is anticipated by tomorrow morning. Rolling blackouts lasting approximately one hour in length will be implemented throughout the city to ease the strain on the system.

Toronto electricity consumers are asked to reduce their electricity use today where possible to help relieve the strain on the system. Energy conservation tips include:
– Turning off all non-essential internal and external lights
– Setting air conditioners to at least 25°C
– Using fans as an alternative to air conditioners and closing curtains/blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside, and
– Limiting the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps.

For more tips on conserving energy, visit http://www.torontohydro.com/smartsummer. Call Toronto Hydro-Electric System’s Lights Out number at 416-542-8000 to report a power outage in areas other than those already being addressed.

The Red Cross is also working with the City and is conducting wellness checks at Toronto Community Housing buildings and seniors' residences in the area affected by prolonged power outages. The Red Cross is providing information and general messaging on food safety and what to do during an outage.

Public transit
With the exception of the Bloor-Danforth subway line between Jane and Kipling stations, the Toronto Transit Commission is operating at capacity across the system. Commuters should refer to the TTC's Service Alerts web page for details and up-to-date information at http://www.ttc.ca. Information on service impacts for GO Transit commuters is available at: http://www.gotransit.com.

Road closures
– Front and York Streets intersection (including access to University Avenue)
– Martin Grove Road between Belfield Road to Bethridge Road

Motorists are asked to drive carefully and be patient during this afternoon's rush hour period. Where traffic signals are out, motorists are reminded to treat affected intersections as a four-way stop. Please report signal outages to 311.

Special garbage collection
The City will provide 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).

Bulky items such as couches, mattresses or other furniture do not need to be dismantled. Carpet must be tied in rolls measuring 1.2 m (4 ft) 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).

Place spoiled food items in the Green Bin. Do not set out any construction/renovation waste (i.e. drywall, wood) or household hazardous waste (i.e. paint cans, fluorescent lighting tubes/bulbs).

Other City service impacts
– All Toronto Employment and Social Services offices are operational with the exception of The Queensway office (779 The Queensway) which is closed due to power outage.
– Children's Services West District office is closed to due to power outage; clients are being re-directed to the other three offices. Addresses available at http://www.toronto.ca/children/pdf/districtoffices.pdf.
– Outdoor sport fields are experiencing closures due to flooding and water saturation. Outdoor sports fields will remain closed for Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Permits holders and sports clubs are request to check the website or speak directly to the Park Supervisor and/or Permit Office staff to determine potential openings for July 10, 2013 prior to heading out to ensure that scheduled activities will be permitted.
– Some City-operated swimming pools experienced flooding and power outages. A list of closed pools is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/swimming/index.htm. City staff may shut down an outdoor swimming pool at any time if health and safety is compromised, e.g. by an electrical storm or heavy rain.
– Scarlett Woods golf course is closed until further notice and Humber Valley is reduced to nine holes; all other courses are operating. No golf cart access.
– Montgomery's Inn is closed due to power outage; all other museums are open.

In the event of a flooded basement:
– Call the City of Toronto at 311 to report a blocked basement drain or sewer backup, 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 at http://www.toronto.ca/water.

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.
– 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.

The City reminds residents that 911 is an emergency number. Use the non-emergency police number 416-808-2222 for non-life threatening situations.

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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Message from Toronto Hydro on power restoration after storm

Posted on 10 July 2013 by admin

TORONTO, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ – Many customers had their power restored early this morning following a severe rain storm on Monday that knocked out electricity supply to Toronto. As at 5 a.m. today, 16,000 customers are without power.

An estimated 300,000 customers were affected at the height of the event. The main issue related to a lack of supply to these customers from Hydro One's Manby and Richview stations due to flooding. At the start, customers from as far north as Steeles Ave, west to Danforth Road, south to the lake and city limits in the east end were affected; some for as long as 36 hours. Customers served out of Richview Station were restored at approx. 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Manby Station remains out and is one of two main supply points into Toronto's downtown. When the station flooded, the outage cut supply to 17 hydro transformer stations fed by Manby in the east, south and midtown areas of the city. Those remaining without power now are in areas bounded by: 

  • Dundas Street South to Valermo Drive;
     
  • The West Mall East to Stephen Drive, and
     
  • Ormskirk Avenue south to The Queensway; 
     
  • South Kingsway East to Windermere Avenue.

Hydro One requested load shedding, or planned rotating outages, early Tuesday. Hydro One and Toronto Hydro worked together to reconfigure the local grid to shift customers normally supplied by Manby station to the only other supply point to the downtown: Leaside Station. This effort restored power to as many people as possible but created instability on the grid and the potential for additional outages and equipment overloading. Approximately 50,000 customers were impacted by these rotating outages through Tuesday.

Rotating outages stopped at midnight Wednesday as customer power use reduced. It may be necessary to re-start rotating outages as customers begin their workday Wednesday morning.

In the meantime, Toronto Hydro reminds customers that electricity conservation is crucial to improve the stability of the system. Here are some tips to help relieve stress on the grid:

  • Turn off all non-essential lighting.
  • Set air conditioner thermostats at 25°C and raise the setting even higher if you're not going to be home.
  • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the hot summer sun.
  • Cook outdoors on the barbeque or use a microwave oven.
  • Save other heat-producing activities such as clothes drying and dishwashing for cooler evening hours.  Wait until 8 p.m.
  • Businesses should keep their doors closed when air conditioners are running.
  • Unplug any non-essential electronic devices – even when turned off, still draw power.
     

For more tips on how to conserve visit torontohydro.com/smartsummer

SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information:

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
Media hotline or twitter.com/TorontoHydro
torontohydro.com/newsroom

 

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