urban forestry

Learning from the Ice Storm

The city’s comprehensive review of its response to December’s ice storm came to July’s City Council meeting.

The review includes key recommendations to improve the city’s response to extreme weather events that grew out of motions I brought forward earlier this year.

Information was difficult to find during the storm, and the review calls for the development of new and proactive communication channels, particularly for vulnerable populations and those experiencing power disruptions.

As you know, our tree canopy was hard hit by the storm, and another important recommendation directs Urban Forestry to work with Toronto Hydro to review its hydro-line clearing program and improve our grid’s resiliency going forward.