Rob Ford Sees ‘No Reason’ To Declare Emergency In Toronto


toronto-mayor-rob-fordMayor Rob Ford has no plans to declare a state of emergency in Toronto, despite calls from critics to do so.

The mayor was among those without power as a result of the ice storm that took down tree branches and power lines, left city roads slick and snarled much of the transit system over the weekend.

Environment Canada said the storm dropped 10 to 30 millimetres of ice on the Greater Toronto Area.

Toronto Hydro has restored power to more than 100,000 customers as of Monday evening, but there were nearly 200,000 customers still waiting in the cold and dark.

“I just want to clarify that we’re not declaring a state of emergency,” Ford said Monday, when speaking to reporters at city hall.

Ford said it’s something that might have been considered had conditions worsened overnight.

“But at this time, there is no reason to do that,” he said.

A state of emergency would help the city obtain outside resources, something the city’s public works chair said is already occurring.

“I don’t think declaring a state of emergency is going to make the electricity go on any quicker, or our furnaces turn on any faster,” said Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, the chair of the public works committee.

Minnan-Wong said the province is already “in on the calls” with the city’s emergency operations centre.

“They know what we need,” he said.

Read more at CBC NEWS.

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