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Huge blackout hits the west end of Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 15, 2014

toronto blackout 2014A large portion of Toronto's west end was in darkness this evening following a sudden and massive power outage. The lights went off around 9:15 and stayed off for close to two hours in parts of the city.

Toronto Hydro said the blackout was caused by a Hydro One transmission issue. While the city was dark, the outage map on the electricity provider's website was down due to a surge in demand. At its greatest extent, the problem affected most of the west end south of the 401, parts of downtown west of Yonge, and the Port Lands. A small pocket in the Beach also appeared to get hit.

toronto blackout mapThe TTC experienced signal problems on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between St. George and Jane and several stations were running on emergency power. Spokesman Brad Ross said the failure knocked out some communication systems, leading to a delay deploying shuttle buses. The vehicles are still on the road while service below ground catches up. Streetcar service was unaffected.

Mayor Rob Ford told listeners of Joe Warmington's Newstalk 1010 show that power should be restored to the remaining customers before midnight, and he appears to have been correct.

Hydro One hasn't confirmed what triggered the blackout. "The cause of the outage is currently under investigation. There were no injuries or health and safety issues reported due to the incident," the company said in a press release.

Toronto Hydro said power was restored as of 10:52.

Where were you during the Great Blackout of 2014 (as this will undoubtedly be remembered)?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Jason Tang/Twitter

Discussion

41 Comments

David Pylyp / April 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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Toronto's infrastructure really needs substantial investment, from potholes and sewers to electric grid. YET Toronto council squabbles in gridlock.

How can we fix this?
Cherrie / April 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm
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Power was out for awhile but back on here in Brockton Village
Robo Call / April 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm
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Wynne will make an announcement tomorrow that she'll invest billions to have this grid fixed. Were in safe hands y'all just be patient.
Coxwell Queen / April 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm
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EASTSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
Steven / April 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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@Robo. Why is it I believe you? Bet Wynne will put a relative in charge of a 'study' on this too. Geez. :-(
Nelson / April 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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Power back Runnymede and at clair
Shelagh Broughton / April 15, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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Power on back at St Clair and Spadina
mgsystmz / April 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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Its about time they invested in the city's infrastructure, how many blackouts is it going to take for them to realize this?
Shelagh Broughton / April 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm
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Hear it is still out in my brother-in-laws area, Dufferin + Glencairn
Shelagh Broughton / April 15, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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For a power outage of this size, I think its rather remarkable that it was only out for an hour in some areas.....it doesnt sound as if they knew what had hit them until they began to receive tweets, etc from various areas telling them they were out.

I downloaded a Hydro One app immediately but never was there one word about it on it, making it a rather useless app
Cha Ching!!!!!! $$$$$$$ / April 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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Clear out your fridge, were all gonna get grocery store gift cards!




Daniel Callahan / April 15, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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I was on the subway which was quick to disown the problem as TTC shifting blame to Hydro. The infrastructure is so dubious and dangerous. When is this going to be solved in a way that is more secure?
TerribleDrivers / April 15, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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Few people treat the intersections as a four-way stop.
Shelagh Broughton / April 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm
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its now back on in the Glencairn, Dufferin---Keele Lawrence area, etc..........
Sammy / April 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm
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I think the comments about the need to invest in infrastructure are right on. What's going on in Toronto? I lived in the city for many years but recently moved to another municipality that is better run, for a variety of reasons. I truly hope that Toronto moves past its political gridlock and begins investing in its future. It is sad to see a beautiful city beset by such petty politicians. Hope you guys are all OK and your lights on come on soon.
SATAN / April 15, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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power was back online in about an hour's time here at yonge/st clair

I can sleep soundly tonight D:
Ned / April 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm
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i seen 5 ufos flying overhead during the black out
J replying to a comment from All Round Good Guy / April 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm
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Mr. All Round Good Guy, you are such a fool. Can you see how ridiculous he is. Please take a conscious look at his pathetic attitude, analyze the Mayor's behaviour and lets all move on, out of this embarrassing persona.
WTF replying to a comment from J / April 16, 2014 at 12:10 am
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And who is your better example? Tell me!

Olivia Chow?
'I'm Not Male. Not White': Olivia Chow On How She'll Be Different???
John Labatt / April 16, 2014 at 12:17 am
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Good thing these condo's have stairs or you would be trapped.
Think! / April 16, 2014 at 12:35 am
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First World you know what....?!
Sam Tecle / April 16, 2014 at 12:37 am
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Wait till we have the heat waves and all the air conditioners are on blast...can we expect more of the same? I'm nervous right now this wasn't even harsh weather, it was relatively mild. SO imagine what a heat wave will do to the grid...
EMERGENCY / April 16, 2014 at 12:38 am
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DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE BIG SLICE AT YONGE AND GERRARD HAS POWER? TONIGHT

GETTIN HUNGRY UP IN HERE...
http://www.thebigslicepizza.com/
Chumski replying to a comment from Ned / April 16, 2014 at 12:48 am
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my rich neighbor still has power . i guess only the poor got affected.
Napo B / April 16, 2014 at 12:53 am
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The entire city is in need of some serious repair, I'm amazed we haven't experience major sinkholes on some roads.. considering all the taxes the gov sucks up from residents in property taxes it's pathetic for a city that considers itself world class, the people of Toronto are fantastic but the city is more like an outpost
New Toronto Condos / April 16, 2014 at 01:34 am
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I didn't even know there was a blackout!
steve replying to a comment from Robo Call / April 16, 2014 at 06:13 am
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That's a good thing, she will be investing into much needed infrastructure. Unlike the cons who will just cut services programs and build partisan projects like gazebos while amassing the largest debts we have seen.
Mike D / April 16, 2014 at 07:33 am
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EEEEAST SIIIIIDE!!
I Ford can't keep the lights on in this city, why do we still have him around?? / April 16, 2014 at 07:40 am
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Never him saw him ONCE on the news last night.

We need a new Mayor who will actually WORK for the salary we pay him, not go dancing at Musik and doing selfies with enamored kids too stupid to realize that notorious fame isn't cool for politicans.

Do YOU want a Mayor who feels more comfortable hanging out with kids who are barely out their teens than he is dealing with councillors representing people from all ends of the political spectrum? Yeah...me neither.

Come October, let's send this bum packing. Let the slob go off and eat pie and smoke crack with his vile, slimy gangbanger buddies.

Amy / April 16, 2014 at 08:18 am
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Rob Ford was on CP24 and news talk 1010 giving updates on the outage and when the power was coming back on. where was Norm Kelly?

It was Ontario Power NOT Toronto Hydro, Wynne you owe us an update today
Cha Ching!!!!!! $$$$ / April 16, 2014 at 08:19 am
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Clear out your fridge, were all gonna get grocery store gift cards!
Terry / April 16, 2014 at 08:26 am
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Rob did a great job saw him on CP24 addressing the issue and he was talking directly with OPG CEO Tom Mitchell.
Read the actual article people, the details are all there / April 16, 2014 at 08:29 am
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"Mayor Rob Ford told listeners of Joe Warmington's Newstalk 1010 show that power should be restored to the remaining customers before midnight, and he appears to have been correct"
No, Ford didn't come on the air until after midnight.... replying to a comment from Read the actual article people, the details are all there / April 16, 2014 at 09:30 am
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...and only because Kelly made him go beforre the cameras.

EPIC MAYOR FAIL!

(Next.)
I listened at 10:20pm and Ford was on the air replying to a comment from No, Ford didn't come on the air until after midnight.... / April 16, 2014 at 09:44 am
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The Joe Warmington show is only on from 10-12 I was listening around 10:20 when Ford was on, Warmington told him thanks for the update and to feel free to call back later if he as any additional updates. Not sure why you think he wasn't on the air until after midnight when the show doesn't go past 11:59pm unless Rob called back into the station to confirm everything was back on.
Was Norm Kelly in Florida last night? If your acting Mayor you don't let the baffoon that had their replying to a comment from No, Ford didn't come on the air until after midnight.... / April 16, 2014 at 09:47 am
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AND Why would Kelly make Ford go on camera when KELLY is acting mayor. This is why Ford thinks he still has power because he's first one out there. Why wasn't Kelly acting as appointed leader, was he boarding a flight to Florida?
r / April 16, 2014 at 10:18 am
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blackout babies
What The.... / April 16, 2014 at 06:42 pm
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Why is there nothing east of Yonge St on this list?
Who is paying for this Blackout?
Who would line up for this?

My bad! I thought this was a Best of List and was trying to be the first to throw out the famous lines.
Anne / April 16, 2014 at 08:07 pm
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As a woman, I don't feel safe with Ford running the show anymore. If he can't be on TV during times of an emergency, what's going to happen if he gets a second term??? He's going to act like George Bush in his second term and basically be even MORE of a no-account drug abuser. That isn't right.

If Ford won't solve the crime in this city --instead picking fights with the police-- then I'm going to vote for someone who will actually take women's concerns seriously. I won't waste it on Stintz, but Soknacki, Tory and even Chow now have my ear.
Where was FORD during the BlackOut??? replying to a comment from Was Norm Kelly in Florida last night? If your acting Mayor you don't let the baffoon that had their / April 16, 2014 at 08:12 pm
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At least with Kelly I don't have to worry if he has a mickey in his pocket when he's doing press conferences. Actually, hat's off to Kelly during all of this, he's handled the added strain like a pro. Which he's had to since Ford was all but booted out of office forever. Serves him right, being a crackhead mouthbreather, trust fund baby/grown man. Can't wait to watch his campaign implode before it even reaches October. I will bet anyone a case because, hands down, it'll be the easiest, tastiest bet I ever won.

IMPLOSION 2014 -- Starts April 17 2014.
Another woman replying to a comment from Anne / April 17, 2014 at 02:43 pm
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"As a woman, I don't feel safe with Ford running the show anymore"

That's gotta take the prize for stupidest comment ever.

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