Toronto’s Future Climate Demands Action Now!

Dear Mayor Ford:
May I recommend the following study done for the City of Toronto by Senes Consultants. Its’ 7 volumes of reports within the City Council document give many recommendations that the City of Toronto needs to start implementing immediately.
It is no accident that Torontonians have suffered two separate ‘hundred year storms’ in one year – the heavy rain and extremely damaging flooding on July 8, 2013, costing some $60 million and then the devastating ice storm of December 22, 2013 slated to cost ‘$70 million or more’. Extreme weather events are predicted to happen more frequently by 2040 as the Senes Report predicts.
Toronto City Council needs to begin public discussions and lead the way with plans to prevent serious damage before it can happen. The costs of prevention will be far smaller than the costs of cleaning up after extreme weather events.
Tax money will have to be raised from citizens to carry out the necessary mitigations. It is time to level with Torontonians about this fact and stop talking about ‘no tax increases’.
Public transit and getting people out of their automobiles is one major solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the extreme weather events. Toronto, the Province and the Federal government need to get this moving a lot faster than is the case right now.
I hope you will take this recommendation seriously and I look forward to hearing discussion and action on the Senes Report.
On Jan 3, 2014, at 6:08 PM, Mayor Rob Ford <> wrote:
Dear Friends,

As we all know, the recent ice storm was one of the worst Toronto has ever experienced.

I want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly over the holidays to get power back on and the City moving again.

To date, the costs associated with cleaning up the damage from the ice storm are in the range of $75 million or more.

We need the Province to help with this effort. That is why I have called a special meeting of City Council for January 10th to formally seek Provincial funding assistance in the cleanup efforts.

We have spent the last two weeks dealing with Phase 1- getting the power turned back on.

Phase 2 is an ongoing operation and will last for several more weeks.

This includes opening roads, sidewalks and pathways so that residents can get around the City; and removing branches hanging from trees that are a safety hazard or a risk to hydro wires.

Today we moved into phase 3, the final stage of debris clean up.

This is a major effort with over 600 staff dedicated to the storm clean up.

We have divided the City into small quadrants. Crews will be responsible for completing debris removal for each assigned quadrant before moving on to the next.

The City will haul away all tree branches from front yards and roadsides and will include those that have fallen on private property if they are less than six inches in diameter and have been taken to the curb.

Please neatly stack limbs/branches with butt ends towards the road for City pick-up.

Place wood debris at the front edge of your property as close to the sidewalk or road as possible without blocking either.

You can find more information and view a map charting the clean-up progress at

As always, please contact me at 416-397-FORD (3673) or email me at if I can ever be of assistance to you.

Yours truly,

Mayor Rob Ford

Mayor Ford’s Four Priorities:
1 Customer Service Excellence
2 Transparent & Accountable Government
3 Reduced Cost and Size of Government
4 Transportation City


About Murray Lumley

Board member of Conscience Canada; Christian Peacemaker Teams Reservist; retired teacher; grandfather
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