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Roughly 30,000 remain without power in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / December 27, 2013

Toronto Ice StormJust over 30,000 homes remain without power in Toronto as of Friday morning, according to Hydro officials. That represents a significant improvement over last night's estimate of 46,000, but also underscores the challenges repair crews have faced in restoring service to the 300,000 customers initially affected by the major ice storm that hit the city last weekend. While most of the major work on feeder lines is complete, there remain thousands of homes that require dedicated attention.

"We're reaching the point now where we expect to be in what I describe as the hand-to-hand combat, which is really one truck and one service into one home," Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines told The Toronto Sun. "This last bit is going to be a lot of heavy lifting."

As cleanup and repair efforts enter a week's length, TDSB schools and services still remain shut down, some with continuing outages and others awaiting inspection before officials will allow them to reopen. The TTC, meanwhile, is running at full service. The same is true for Toronto Public Libraries. Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Hydro officials are expected to provide an update on the situation at 11am.

Photo by Li Feng in the blogTO Flickr pool.



DL / December 27, 2013 at 09:53 am
Maybe Norm Kelly can fly those without power out to his sister's place in Florida.
Xavier / December 27, 2013 at 10:57 am
Did they ever say how many people were without power?
I know they keep refering to customers, but a customer can be one house, or one apartment building with 1 meter.
eefee / December 27, 2013 at 11:40 am
What woulda happened if Rob Ford went to Florida now? Oh the outrage of our bias media.
Sean replying to a comment from eefee / December 27, 2013 at 11:45 am
Yeah, because clearly the media didn't tell you Norm Kelly went to Florida. You went out and discovered that yerself.
Rob replying to a comment from eefee / December 27, 2013 at 11:47 am
That's the thing; your guy can do no wrong. The other guy can only do wrong.

The heads of the nowmagazine journalists would probably explode.
Sam replying to a comment from eefee / December 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm
Atleast Daniel Dale and the Toronto Star put the Norm Kelly story out there. Reporting on what matters to the citizens of Toronto does not have to be biased.

Ice Storm: Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly makes quick trip to Florida
Rob replying to a comment from Sam / December 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm
I feel like putting the story out there is an extremely low bar.

It's like attendance.
ef replying to a comment from Sean / December 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm
So the hell what? The media told us. That's their job.

I'm talking about outrage.

Would the reaction be the same if Rob Ford went to Florida instead of Norm Kelly? We all know the answer.

Hypocritical media. FACT.
Sam replying to a comment from Rob / December 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm
Why is it low bar? If you saw the CBC or CTV news last night there were citizens without power that were angry with Kelly over this. Posting articles about Ford pissing in a park is pretty low bar.

Ford was out there talking to the people, alot weren't pleased that Ford didn't call a state of emergency and were shouting at him BUT he was there dealing face to face with their anger. This actually makes Ford look better AND there are politics surrounding this Ice Storm.
Bill / December 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm
This crisis has certainly showed all that Mr Ford is the real leader of this city. No one has stood up for the people like Ford has.

Where are all the councilors and the deputy mayor? I see no stories of them in the community this holiday season, no helping at the food shelters, no addressing or updating their own wards regarding the ice storm or power outages. Only one was Doug Ford who got his hand slapped for giving cash to the needy. Either the councilors are doing lots and the media just doesn't care because their last name isn't Ford, or they aren't doing anything.
Tony / December 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm
Ohhh how I miss my Morning Brew. I can see Fords approval rating rising already...

Toronto ice storm: Ford made 'right decision' on state of emergency
Mascon / December 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm
I see people still harp on the emergency aspect. Of course it is an emergency (a hydro emergency) and it is being addressed as such. A "state of emergency" is when things become uncontrollable and more powers are needed such as to force evacuations, prevent looting etc. Most Canadians are not wimps and will survive this.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from eefee / December 27, 2013 at 01:06 pm
eefee said: "Oh the outrage of our bias media." Oh, waaah waaaah waaaah, little baby.

Here's a little tip that I'll give you to enrich your life: ALL MEDIA IS BIASED. If something seems UNbiased to your ears, it's probably because you agree with its bias and it sounds natural to you.

There. Now you understand the world a little better.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from Bill / December 27, 2013 at 01:12 pm
Is this the same Rob Ford that was passing out refrigerator magnets during this? Yeah, that's leadership.
steve replying to a comment from Sam / December 27, 2013 at 01:17 pm
A bit biased are you. You choose to ignore all stories except those that involve Rob Ford, then spin it into an attack on others.
The only time Rob Ford was out was when there were cameras around.
RonRon replying to a comment from E. Toby Coke / December 27, 2013 at 01:17 pm
This comment should be a sticky
Bill replying to a comment from Realist (mostly) / December 27, 2013 at 01:22 pm
YES this is the same Rob Ford that was handing out magnets, I HAVE one of those magnets that he gave to me in the fall.

Even if it just warms the heart a little the magnet helps because it has a phone number that you can call on it, which is alot more than anyone else is doing for those in need.
Jill replying to a comment from Realist (mostly) / December 27, 2013 at 01:24 pm
Its funny that if Ford took off for Florida during this it would be a massive news scandal. Kelly does it and you all are this is not news, not important.
Sam replying to a comment from steve / December 27, 2013 at 01:31 pm
If I'm biased. Please provide other relevant stories to help explain your side.

The only other ones I've personally heard is that Wynne and Kelly were working together on a recovery plan that will most likely never get executed and they choose not to speak to Ford. Is this about the citizens or their own agenda?
Anders replying to a comment from steve / December 27, 2013 at 01:52 pm
Welcome to politics 101. And do you think Wynne's photo of her caring a dozen bagels to a community centre was not a photo op. Its is politics 101. Here's what a typical schedule looks like

9am - Notify press of planned visit.

1pm - Arrive at Communitty Centre access situation, meet with community members, adress hecklers and any tough questions

1:15pm - Go out to truck to assist in carrying in food for needy(Photo Opportunity)

1:30pm - Jump in and Hand out food for 5mins to a few of the long line of needy residents (Photo Opportunity)

1:45pm - Walk amongst those happily eating with tired smiles on their faces. Look happy and welcoming but concerned. (Photo Opportunity)
tron replying to a comment from E. Toby Coke / December 27, 2013 at 01:56 pm
Since your such an honest person...What would your reaction be if Rob Ford went to Florida during this week?

So funny how disingenuous Ford haters are, yet they're so adamant that they proclaim the moral high ground.

So funny.

This is why Rob Ford will win the next election.

Keep on hating, REAL Torontonians are getting sick of it, and will punish you by getting Ford back into office.

Koh Kane / December 27, 2013 at 02:06 pm
ROB FORD HATES COLOURED PEOPLE! Most of the people left w/o power are in low-income or immigrant-majority neighbourhoods? If a state of emergency was called, Kelly, Minnen-Wong and others would have pulled strings to have power in all areas by the 25th. But Rofo wanted to be a crack-head rock-star, pretend he was superman and try to save the day. If anyone dies from the cold, RoFo will have blood on his fat yellow-nail hands. The only thing Rofo is good for is smoking crack and pretending he eats pu$$y. RoFo wouldn't know a pu$$y if his nasty mamma opened her sketchy legs and laid a couple of bottles of vodka and gatoride around it.
Rob replying to a comment from Koh Kane / December 27, 2013 at 02:52 pm
I kind of thought that power crews would be more likely to fix rich neighbourhoods first, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that Thorncliff was one of the first areas that was restored to full power. Nearby Leaside's money did not seem to give them any cutsies.

In terms of Scarborough, the north had fewer problems, which makes sense because it's a newer area and more likely to have underground cabling.

I'd bet there was some favouritism, but not nearly as much as I'd expect.
steve replying to a comment from Mascon / December 27, 2013 at 03:23 pm
"Most Canadians are not wimps and will survive this."

Such a simple minded naive and out of touch statement. People are not surviving this
steve replying to a comment from Anders / December 27, 2013 at 03:35 pm
So many words to say you understand that Rob Ford is not the only one out there talking to people.

The big difference being Rob Ford is notorious for dismissing people. His only concern is winning, at all costs. He is big on words but short on action
Tom / December 27, 2013 at 04:48 pm
People are surviving this, thank you very much. No one has died because of the cold.
Kevin Reidy / December 27, 2013 at 04:53 pm
Re: Norm Kelly going to Florida
He didn't leave until it was obvious that Rob Ford was not going to declare a state of emergency (and only Rob Ford can make such a declaration.)
Only if such a decaration had been made would it have been imperative for Mr. Kelly to be physically present. As long as your Backberry (or eqilvalent) is working then you can be briefed and up to date.
Jeff / December 27, 2013 at 04:53 pm
Koh Kane doesn't have a clue - what a clown. This is not a race issue at all.
Dan / December 27, 2013 at 05:00 pm
Its a numbers game. The city is providing services to those in need NOT the ones scheduling when or where the power should come back on. If anything its a numbers game and they are going after the areas that bring the numbers down the mostnasnit sounds and looks the best. Big pockets of Scarborough and Toronto have had their power turned back on and now they're focusing on the smaller pockets and individual homes.
Alex replying to a comment from DL / December 27, 2013 at 05:48 pm
Yes, his sister who is gravely ill. Brilliant idea! Why would Norm have to stay in Toronto throughout all of this if no SOE was declared? Rob Ford legally had the ability to call one and did not. Legally, Mr. Kelly has no obligation if he already met with the Premier to weigh options. He was easily reached via phone or email.
Alex replying to a comment from Bill / December 27, 2013 at 05:50 pm
DoFo did not try to hand out cash during ice storm issues. That was 8 days earlier at an event. Get informed, please.
Alex replying to a comment from Tom / December 27, 2013 at 05:55 pm
Maybe not, but indeed many have died after stupidly trying to warm their homes w/ outdoor cooking devices or poorly ventilated generators.
Mayor McGrabass replying to a comment from Alex / December 27, 2013 at 06:08 pm
"DoFo did not try to hand out cash during ice storm issues. That was 8 days earlier at an event. Get informed, please."

Any idea how bad that sounds? Here...lemme tweak your idiocy a tad to illustrate:

"DoFo did not have sex with that passed-out minor during the ice storm issues. That was 8 days earlier at an event. Get informed, please."

You're welcome for the illumination, moron.
NV / December 27, 2013 at 08:21 pm
Our power just came back last night. We found the old boombox, plugged in an old phone, lit by candlelight after dark, put on sweaters and blankets. ate a lot of canned food. We survived.
Loved how all the radio stations were saying to check out their websites and twitter for information on the storm. A lot of people with cordless phone, cell phones, had no way to charge them, everything was out in our area, even gas stations and McDonalds. How were they supposed to check these very informative websites?
People also flipping out about what to do with the food, well, put your food in boxes and put it OUTSIDE, this IS Canada it's freezing out there.

Where have all the common sense gone.

You don't hear the smaller municipalities whining, now or every year, when they have these storms.
Meredith replying to a comment from Bill / December 27, 2013 at 08:29 pm
Where are all the councillors? I'll speak for mine Paul Ainslie-he HAS been VERY present in ward 43 and really pushed to get power back to Guildwood. The media doesn't care (with the exception of Naomi Parness from CTV who was EXTREMELY receptive/sympathetic). I was snubbed by a CP24 reporter when I arrived at city hall this morning to speak with ANY of Toronto's 'leadership' and I use that term loosely. She was more concerned with the press conference. Just who are those for anyway since people without hydro CAN'T WATCH THEM.
Elderly people sitting in the dark and freezing cold afraid/stubborn to leave. There have even been burglaries in affected areas because of NO POLICE PRESENCE. !@#$%^^
I am furious at Ford, Kelly, Wynn and the majority of council. They owe residents a solution and a PLAN.

It makes me sick. I just moved into Guildwood....

This city is the laughingstock of other large cities. Disgusting.
NV replying to a comment from Meredith / December 27, 2013 at 08:40 pm
How could any of the people from City Hall be able to get your power back quicker? Are any of then qualified electricians? It's not like calling in the Army to shovel snow, this work has to be done by professionals, and they are out there 24/7, with extra people from as far as Manitoba.
meredith replying to a comment from Anders / December 27, 2013 at 08:40 pm
AMEN-you called that perfectly. Posted pictures myself of all these 'photo-ops'

Put a work jacket on, pick up a saw and get to work Kathleen, Norm, Mitzie, Shelley. Oh and get over your distate of the mayor. Show Toronto that you can be an adult and 'play well with others'
Meredith replying to a comment from NV / December 27, 2013 at 08:50 pm
interestingly enough the Army could've helped expedite as they have skilled electricians-only know that because I AM a veteran myself. What I expect from leadership is for them to have a contingency plan which they clearly did NOT. This is too long for most to go without power. I won't slam the hydro crews as they ARE out on the front lines doing the work but know (at least in my neighborhood) that it was *not* a 24/7 operation-and was told by hydro workers that they were 'done' at 5pm-as in everyone goes home at 5 and that work would resume in the morning.
Christine replying to a comment from Mascon / December 27, 2013 at 08:51 pm
Wimps! Tell that to the people who went out with their young children to get some warm food and warm their children and were robbed! The robbers even left the doors of the house wide open with no way to warm it for their children to sleep. Bastards! That is a state of emergency!
Tanya 38DD / December 27, 2013 at 09:34 pm
Everyone's upset and complaining about the service Scarborough is getting, but do you know who's riding is in the heart of it? Norm Kelly's, that's who's! His ward is central Scarborough. Shame on Kelly. Atleast Ford was there on the streets with the people...
Teal / December 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm
If you have to be honest and choose who's been a real leader in all this, who you gonna say? Kathleen Wynne? Norm Kelly? Rob Ford? Olivia Chow? John Tory?
I think we can all agree any of the competitors just doesn't have what it takes to beat Ford the leader the forerunner.
Alana / December 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm
My Robbie is the eating out! Oh...and crack!
Mayor Denison / December 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Yup, I read it. Boring, dreary shitty drivel.
Dave / December 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm
Kelly definitely let the city down. I'm thinking he might not be up to the job. What idiot appointed him Deputy Mayor, anyway?

P.S. I wonder if he saw Doug in Florida. He surely didn't see him in Etobicoke.
Donna / December 28, 2013 at 03:12 am
I'm giving my support back to Rob Ford!
Geoff / December 28, 2013 at 09:30 am
Actually your side probably won't show up to the polls again cause they're only interested in ranting online giving yoy a false sense of support and then cry voter apathy when Ford wins.
Josh / December 28, 2013 at 09:43 am
Hey Scarborough Agincourt - Ward 40! How do you feel Norm Kelly is doing in his/your ward keeping you informed on the ice storm and power updates. He's still your councilor and its still his job to work within the ward and keep you up to date regardless of whether or not its declared a 'state of emergency' or not and regardless of whatever Ford does.

I even saw Wynne carrying 1 dozen bagels into a community center in Agincourt. Is Kelly just handing his Ward over to Ford?
Jules / December 28, 2013 at 09:53 am
A Hollywood movie star once said that “It was hard work becoming a star but it’s even harder work remaining a star”
StaBone / December 28, 2013 at 10:38 am
Obama's approval rating is at its lowest ever and Fords are approval rating is rising again! The stars are aligning. 2013 was a bad year in politics all over the place, 2014 will prove to be a great year.
FORD more years! FORD more years!
Tony / December 28, 2013 at 10:50 am
In times of crisis hero's arise. The hero this time is Rob Ford, it'll be much easier on you if you can just accept that. Yes he's done things in the past but I'm talking about the past week, he's stepped forward as leader of this city and his performance has been great.
Tony / December 28, 2013 at 02:55 pm
Yes I have accepted that Rob may have used or may be using heroin or crack. I've accepted that and the fact the s Rob is still a higher performing politician than the rest no matter what he uses or doesn't use.
Bill / December 28, 2013 at 03:02 pm
To clarify my statement above - it was that the only councilor I've heard doing anything in the community THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, was Doug Ford handing out cash. It was not during the ice storm crisis. The only ones I've seen or heard doing anything is the Fords. Either they are the only ones that care, or the media sees no value in covering anyone else.
Herman munster / December 29, 2013 at 07:22 pm
In times of crisis, heroin arises. The heroin this time is Mr. Hezza, it'll be much easier on you if you can just accept that. Yes, Mr. Hezza has done things in the past, but I am talking about the last 60 seconds. Mr. Hezza has really gotten high over the last couple of years and his performance eating at home has been really great!
don / December 29, 2013 at 09:33 pm
Steph is a boob with 8" areolas. Let's see them flap jacks already!
Geoff / December 29, 2013 at 09:36 pm
8" areolas? That's like nipples the size of hamburger patties! I'd dig in
SammyBrown / December 29, 2013 at 09:39 pm
Kathleen Wynne is your only answer, Rob Ford is mine.
Confirm or Deny / December 30, 2013 at 02:58 am
Rob Ford did an outstanding job managing the city trough the ice storm.
Confirm or Deny / December 30, 2013 at 07:04 pm
"Managing the city TROUGH"? Freudian Slip! Freudian Slip! However, we agree...Ford IS a pig.

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