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August 20, 2003
August 20, 2003 - REVISED AT 2 P.M. City of Toronto calls on residents to join City in conservation efforts - Some City services ease back into operation
The City of Toronto continues its energy conservation efforts with reduced
lighting, fewer elevators, stopped escalators and setting thermostats to 25.5
degrees Celsius.

Many City services will resume tomorrow with regular hours, but facilities will
maintain energy conservation efforts.

As Toronto Hyrdo officials have confirmed that two o'clock is the start of the
period at which electricity demand is heaviest, the public is asked to join the
City's conservation efforts by accessing services that are offered at City
Hall, Metro Hall and the Civic Centres prior to 2 p.m. each day. The fewer
number of people in these buildings after this time will help reduce power

Previously scheduled appointments for services at City Hall, the Civic Centres
and Metro Hall will continue.

In maintaining essential and important services and delivering others with
strict conservation guidelines, the City has contributed to the electricity
savings that have been gained across the City and rolling blackouts have so far
been avoided.

All City employees are required to report to work. Where operationally
possible, managers may consider altered hours of work that ensure service is
provided and conservation after 2p.m. is maintained. Managers may consider
assigning staff that are unable to work in their offices, to complete work at
home, ensuring that deadlines for priority work are maintained.

Conservation efforts mean that lighting in City facilities continues to be
reduced and that thermostats be set at 25.5 degrees Celsius.

The public may call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or check the City's Web site
at if further confirmation is required.

Community and Neighbourhood Services

· libraries are open on reduced hours - please call your local branch for hours
· Public Health - all public health services are being provided
· homes for the aged and homemakers
· day care centres
· shelters and hostels
· Ontario Works / Social Services

Corporate Services
· All counter services are open, however residents are asked to attend prior to
2 p.m.
· All wedding chambers are open.
· Provincial offences courts and related counter services

Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
Certain community centres will open tomorrow. A complete list will be available
on the City's Web site at, or by calling Access Toronto at

· museums, galleries and cultural facilities
· greenhouses and conservatories
· golf courses
· wading pools and splash pads
· outdoor pools
· special events - please verify your event before attending
· camps (community and recreation centres are closed except for camps)
· Toronto Island ferries
· Film permits will be issued

· City-run arenas
· fitness centres
· evening sporting events at City-run tennis courts and parks, requiring

· Tax and Water Counters at Civic Centres and City Hall are open - residents
are asked to attend prior to 2 p.m.
· First Appearance Facilities are open - if attending at Metro Hall please
arrive prior to 2 p.m. and no later than 4:30 p.m.
· Tenders for City of Toronto business that were scheduled to close on
Wednesday, August 20, will now close on Wednesday, August 27.
· Bid Committee set to meet on August 20 will now meet August 27.
· Purchasing and Material Management Division is resuming all its normal
operations including counter operations, tender office, public openings, all
closings for requests for quotations, requests for proposals, and expressions
of interest.

Urban Development Services

All services including inspections, licensing and building applications are
operating with the exception of the FastTrack building permit process.

Works and Emergency Services
All services are operating.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack Corporate Communications, 416-338-8747;
cell, 416-919-6500



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