City Council

Meeting No. 46   (Special)   Contact Marilyn Toft, Manager
Meeting Date Friday, January 10, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
  Phone 416-392-7032
Start Time 9:30 AM
Location Council Chamber, City Hall

The Agenda and related materials for this meeting are enclosed.  The details of the meeting are noted at the top of the Agenda.


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January 8, 2014

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Routine Matters - Meeting 46




Ward: All 

Call to Order

• O Canada

• Moment of Silence

• Declarations of Interest under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Background Information
Condolence Motion for Domenic Nunziata

Condolence Motion for Christopher Peloso

Condolence Motion for William (Bill) James Whelton





Ward: All 


Members of Council may file petitions.





Ward: All 

Presentations, Introductions and Announcements

Various presentations and announcements will be made at the Council meeting.





Ward: All 

Review of the Order Paper

City Council will review the Order Paper.

Background Information
January 10, 2014 Order Paper

January 13, 2014 Order Paper

New Business - Meeting 46




Ward: All 

Impacts from the December 2013 Extreme Winter Storm Event on the City of Toronto
The City Manager has submitted a presentation on this Item (CC46.1a).
The Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Hydro has submitted a presentation on this Item (CC46.1b).
The City Solicitor has submitted two briefing notes on this Item (CC46.1c and CC46.1d).
Communication CC46.1.1 has been submitted on this Item.
(January 8, 2014) Report from City Manager

The City Manager recommends that:


1.         Given that, in 2013, in excess of $171 million in storm related costs have been incurred by the City of Toronto, City Council request the Provincial and Federal governments to provide financial assistance to the City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro for 2013 storm events;


2.         Since the City of Toronto recently experienced a severe winter storm event weather event on December 21/22, 2013 and has experienced substantial damage to municipal forestry infrastructure and related costs of approximately $106 million and has received reported losses of private damage, City Council request that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing declare the City of Toronto a "disaster area" for the purposes of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program;


3.         City Council request the Provincial and Federal governments, to establish new programs and expand existing programs addressing disaster mitigation involving urban forestry, erosion control, winter storms, tree canopy, and other severe storm events, that reflect the reality of climate change and such programs to include funding for rehabilitation of municipal infrastructure to mitigate future environmental and storm event impacts;


4.         City Council request the City Manager in consultation with the Deputy City Managers,  and Chief Financial Officer, to report to the January 22, 2014 meeting of Executive Committee on the financial impacts of the storm event on the 2014 Operating and Capital Budgets, and to provide options to finance the City's share of storm related costs; and


5.         City Council request the City Manager to report to Executive Committee no later than the second quarter of 2014 on the City's review of the emergency response to the ice storm, including recommended improvements to the management of future emergencies including the actions to enhance the resiliency of the interdependent infrastructure and services to extreme weather.


The City of Toronto experienced an extreme winter storm event in the evening of December 21, 2013 through December 22, 2013.  The storm produced freezing rain, ice pellets and wind resulting in wide-spread power outages due to downed power lines from fallen trees and tree limbs.


As a result of the winter storm event, over 300,000 Toronto Hydro customers were without power, which resulted in disruptions to City services.  In addition to significant damage to public and private property, thousands of Torontonians were displaced from their homes, or stayed in their homes in uncomfortable circumstances. At the same time, businesses across the City were affected by the hydro outage which impacted the economy of the City over and above direct financial impacts for the City and residents of Toronto.


The scope and magnitude of this extreme winter storm was unprecedented.  At the same time, the efforts of staff from City divisions, agencies and corporations in responding to the event were exceptional under difficult conditions.  Most especially, Toronto Hydro and Forestry crews worked around the clock to remove damaged trees, to repair electricity transmission equipment and to restore the transportation system.  With the assistance of the Canadian Red Cross, City staff quickly mobilized to provide reception centres for those Torontonians who were without power. Toronto Community Housing, the Community Care Access Centres, Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police ensured residents of high rise buildings, including those particularly vulnerable, were contacted regularly to ensure their health and safety.


While power and City services have been fully restored, post recovery efforts by Toronto Hydro, Toronto Community Housing, agencies, many City divisions, including Forestry, Transportation & Solid Waste related to debris management, remain on-going.

The purpose of this report is to inform Council on the City's emergency response, the impact on City services, the initial cost estimates of the severe winter storm event and the requirements for the City to request assistance from the Province through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) and/or any funding program.


Emergency Response


The initial recovery from the storm took the co-ordinated effort of the City, its Corporations and Agencies with the assistance of the Province and Hydro and Forestry crews from across the Province, Manitoba and Michigan.  The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) co-ordinated the emergency response efforts for the City.  Daily activities throughout the storm event are outlined in Attachment 1, December 2013 Winter Storm – Emergency Operations Centre Event Summary.  Electricity was fully restored in the City as of January 1, 2014.


The City and its residents and businesses continue to deal with the aftermath of the event.  Efforts to remove storm debris, address damage to public and private property, the City's tree canopy and electrical system are on-going.  Many residents' vehicles and homes as well as businesses were damaged by the storm and repairs in some instances may take many months to complete.


Financial Issues


As of January 7, 2014, the City estimates that the costs of the December 21/22, 2013 winter storm event for City divisions, agencies and corporations is approximately $106 million, which includes incurred and estimated future 2014 expenses and lost revenue.  The City's ability to deal with these significant cost pressures is exacerbated by the financial pressures resulting from the July 8, 2013 storm event that, as reported to Council on November 13, 2013, is estimated to have cost the City $65.2 million.  Thus, the City has incurred an estimated $171 million of storm damage in 2013.


Given the magnitude of impact of the storm on the City of Toronto, it is recommended that Council request the Provincial and Federal governments to provide additional disaster assistance to the City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro through ODRAP and/or any current relevant programs.  Furthermore, it is recommended that the Provincial and Federal governments develop new programs for future disaster mitigation including urban flooding, winter storms and erosion control that reflect the reality of our changing climate.


In 1998, ODRAP funding of approximately $178 million (the significant portion reimbursed by the Federal Government) was provided to Eastern Ontario municipalities to address their sever winter storm, which is a similar situation to the December 21-22, 2013 winter storm in Southern Ontario.


The financial capacity of a municipality to respond, cope and fully recover from an emergency event is the key criteria used by the Province to determine ODRAP eligibility.  In its assessment, the Province looks at the size of the loss relative to the municipality's total property tax base.  Given most large municipalities have reserves and the capacity to raise additional funds through debt; they have had no success with recent ODRAP applications.    This is an overly simplistic way to assess the financial burden of disaster recovery costs to municipalities.   ODRAP was developed in the 1960s and has not adequately evolved to respond to the emerging critical weather related emergencies experienced today by large urban municipalities throughout the Province.


This report recommends that Council request that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing declare the City of Toronto a "disaster area" as required for the purposes of ODRAP.


Strategic Actions 2013-2018


City Council endorsed 26 Strategic Actions in October 2013 for 2013-18 to advance Council's vision, mission and goals for Toronto as outlined in the Strategic Plan. The directions and recommendations in the report will advance a number of the approved strategic actions as follows:

  • Support Environmental Sustainability (Action 6) by integrating environmental and energy policies and plans across City divisions and establishing interdivisional teams and by developing key partnerships at the provincial, regional and local level to leverage and advance shared environmental and energy objectives.
  • Improve Emergency Response and Prevention (Action 12) by enhancing City and community collaboration and capacity to effectively respond to critical incidents.
  • Ensure State of Good Repair for Infrastructure (Action 23) by leveraging funding from other governments for City State of Good repair.


This report also recommends that City staff be requested to report back to Council through the Executive Committee on January 22, 2014 on the impacts of the storm to the 2014 Operating and Capital budgets and options related to financing the December storm costs.


Finally, this report recommends that staff report to the Executive Committee in the second quarter of 2014 on the City's emergency response to the winter storm event including any recommended improvements for the management of future events, and that future reports related to climate change and weather related emergencies, that impact City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations, be directed to the Executive Committee.

Background Information
(January 8, 2014) Report from the City Manager on Impacts from the December 2013 Extreme Winter Storm Event on the City of Toronto with Attachment 1, Emergency Operations Centre Event Summary and Attachment 2, Preliminary Winter Storm Cost Estimate (CC46.1)

Attachment 3 - The City of Toronto Emergency Plan

Attachment 4 - Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program Guidelines

(January 10, 2014) Presentation from the City Manager on Impacts from 2013 Extreme Storm Events on the City of Toronto (CC46.1a)

(January 9, 2014) Presentation from the President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Hydro - Technical Briefing on the Ice Storm (CC46.1b)

(January 13, 2014) Briefing Note from the City Solicitor on the authority of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in Emergencies (CC46.1c)

(January 13, 2014) Briefing Note from the City Solicitor on the authority of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor (CC46.1d)

(January 10, 2014) E-mail from Peter Clarke (CC.New.CC46.1.1)

Bill and By-law - Meeting 46




Ward: All 

Introduction and Enactment of a Confirming Bill

City Council will introduce and enact a confirming by-law for this special meeting.

Background Information
(January 14, 2014) Consolidated By-law Index for January 10 and 13, 2014 Special City Council Meeting