Various stakeholders in Ward 13 will be taking part in an inaugural meeting to discuss preparedness for extreme weather events within the ward.
The meeting has been organized by Green 13 and the Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Toronto (CREW) to bring together representatives from community groups in the ward such as residents’ associations, BIAs, churches, libraries, health centres, recreation centres and more.
Rita Bijons, co-chair of Green 13, told The Bloor West Villager they hope the meeting will accomplish several goals, including the creation of a network of community preparedness for extreme weather events.
“We have seen many events like extreme flooding and the ice storm that cost the City of Toronto plenty of money, and cost residents plenty of money,” she said. “We learned a lesson in December 2013, particularly with the ice storm, that we have to be better prepared with everything from the personal level to the household level and the community level.”
The ice storm hit the city throughout Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 costing the city close to $106 million in damages.
Close to 300,000 hydro customers across the city were without power immediately following the storm.
Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette told The Villager at that time close to 10,000 of her constituents’ homes were without power.
The Jan. 14 meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Annette Street Library near Annette and Keele streets.
In the morning, several speakers from the city and other groups will talk about their planning and their view on preparedness for extreme weather events.
Bijons said they plan on filming the presentations so that they would be available for future reference.
Later on, representatives from various community groups will be given the opportunity to meet one another, discuss preparedness and establish a network for emergency weather response in the ward.
“We need to know that we're set for a future in which we have more frequent and more intense events due to climate change,” Bijons said.
With files from Lisa Rainford.