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Power to be fully restored across Toronto today

Posted by Derek Flack / December 30, 2013

Toronto ice stormToronto Hydro promises that it will (finally) have power restored to customers across the city today, over a week after a devastating ice storm caused massive outages throughout the GTA. At a press conference this morning at city hall, Mayor Ford and Hydro officials reported that roughly 700 residences remained without power this morning, a more than manageable number for crews to knock off before day's end.

Last Monday, some 300,000 customers were without power at the height of the crisis. "We've never had a storm like this in Toronto's history," Ford said of the harrowing week. Although it's too early to project the total cost of the storm to the city, Toronto Hydro estimated today that it will likely cost the company between $8 to $10 million. The Mayor is set to request subsidy from the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program at the next meeting of city council on January 10th.

Photo by David Dang in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Tom / December 30, 2013 at 09:59 am
Our Man FORD is back! Great seeing Ford out there over the holiday's dealing with city issues.
FuriousD replying to a comment from Tom / December 30, 2013 at 10:47 am
Issues like how much mashed taters and gravy to shove down his gullet?
jon / December 30, 2013 at 11:30 am
Does this number include those individual homes that have their electrical stack broken? From what I understand, if the stack is damaged it is the home owner's responsibility to get it fixed through a private electrician. They also need to have the panel replaced and finally it has to be inspected. Only then will Toronto Hydro restore power. Its a long process and there are many homes that are going to be without power for some time.
Dave / December 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm
Well done Rob Ford for steering Toronto out of power outage so smoothly. Declaring emergency would not speed up recovery, but could create unnecessary panic among Torontonians. If Norm Kelly believed the condition so bad to qualify as real emergency, he would not leave fellow citizens behind for a trip to sunny Florida. Seeing is believing, we saw Rob Ford everyday on TV and believed that he was working. How many times you saw Norm Kelly?
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Dave / December 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Dave, you are full of shit, do you know that? Ford should have declared emergency in this situation, but didn't mostly because he didn't want Norm Kelly to be seen as being the more powerful (and smarter) person who should really be mayor

As for Kelly leaving to go to Florida; guess what asshole, he had a sick sister he wanted to see. Lots of people (even those who were without power) left the city to go on vacation elsewhere. Also, being on TV all of the time doesn't mean that you're a better mayor, especially if all that you do is make yourself look like an ass as Ford is doing. The city isn't better under Ford, as this year's proven; withdraw your head from Ford's ass and see reality.
steve replying to a comment from Dave / December 30, 2013 at 01:20 pm

That is the important word in your post.
h / December 30, 2013 at 01:39 pm
RF got the job done - best mayor in the universe!
Tim / December 30, 2013 at 01:57 pm
Great to see Kathleen Wynne and Norm Kelly trying to make a name for themselves at any cost. Unfortunately another failed attempt.

They focused on the wrong things...
Tim / December 30, 2013 at 02:02 pm
Ever notice how displeased Kelly looks when he's taking the back seat to Wynne in all her planned photo ops and speaches? Ever notice how in his element Kelly looks when standing with FORD?

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James replying to a comment from Tim / December 30, 2013 at 02:03 pm

Your right! Kelly just stands there beside Wynne waiting for his chance to say , yeah what she said!
Just a thought / December 30, 2013 at 02:05 pm
Just a little storm and this city falls apart through failure of all major systems: electricity, transit, roads, phone service, lack of gas in petrol pumps.

Just imagine if we were ever to go in a state of war, we would be dead through starvation and cold within a month. Just scary how fragile these massive systems are.
JenButNeverJenn / December 30, 2013 at 03:31 pm
So ... anyway. Can we bury our hydro wires and prune city trees more frequently now, please?
h / December 30, 2013 at 03:57 pm
Too expensive to burry the wires but pruning should be done.
Jacob replying to a comment from Dave / December 30, 2013 at 04:06 pm
"We saw Rob Ford everyday on TV and believed that he was working. How many times you saw Norm Kelly?"

We saw Rob posing for the camera every day, but Norm Kelly was the one actually coordinating efforts behind the scenes.

Showing up whenever cameras are around doesn't make you a good mayor.
James / December 30, 2013 at 04:28 pm
Yes pruning should be done and is done by a different department. Burring wires will make your hydro bill go up significantly also you can expect major traffic congestion as every single street and lawn in the city will need to be torn up to bury the wires along every street and to each individual home and business.

gucco the clown / December 30, 2013 at 05:25 pm
Our man "h"-for hezza-is back! He wants to "burry" the wires plus learn to dress himself!
gucco the clown / December 30, 2013 at 05:28 pm
James..are you related to "h"? You both like to "burry" stuff. Tell me, were you 2 ever shootin' at some food and up from the ground came a bubblin' crude?

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