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January 16, 2009
City of Toronto responds to power outage
City of Toronto opens reception centres for people affected by power outage

Police are asking residents to remove vehicles from main roadways

City of Toronto facilities and services without power in the area affected are closed

Schools in the affected are closed

Toronto Transit Services affected

Please check the City's website ( for a map of the areas in which power has not yet been restored.

The City of Toronto has opened reception centres for those affected by the power outage. Residents may go to the reception centres to stay warm should their homes become cold as a result of the power outage.

The reception centres are located at:

Metro Hall, 55 John Street

York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West

JJ Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St. Clair Avenue West

Castelview Wychwood Long Term Care, 351 Christie Street

Memorial Community Centre, 44 Montgomery Road

Harrison Pool, 15 Stephanie Street

Trinity Community Recreation Centre, 15 Crawford Street

Media will NOT be permitted into the reception centres.

All city facilities (community and recreation centres, libraries, day cares) in the area that are without power are closed. Any libraries or recreation centres outside the immediate area or that have power will welcome members of the public.

Subway service is affected. Due to the power outage in the city's west end, TTC service on the Bloor-Danforth subway line is affected. The TTC will be running shuttle buses between Jane and St. George Stations. There will be no subway service this morning between those two stations. All other subway and SRT services are running normally.

As well, a portion of the 506 Carlton streetcar line is affected by this power outage. The 506 streetcar is not operating between Bathurst and Lansdowne. The streetcar will be diverting south onto Dundas St. W. Shuttle buses will operate on College St. between Bathurst and Lansdowne.

Please check on your friends and family. Building superintendents should check on any vulnerable residents in their buildings.

Police are asking residents to remove their vehicles from the main roads. Vehicles may be subject to a tow to ensure the flow of traffic. Police have brought in additional resources to assist with traffic direction.

Toronto Hydro confirms that power will be restored as quickly as possible and further updates will follow.

All schools without power will not open today.

To avoid freezing of water pipes residents should open a tap at the lowest point in their home and keep the water running at a very slow rate.

Food will keep in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours if the freezer remains closed. Food in the fridge will keep for 12 to 24 hours if the fridge is kept closed. However, if in doubt, throw it out.

Care should be taken with lit candles.

Always stay in the room where candles are being used.
Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or when going to sleep.
Ensure candles are not used in any bedrooms.
Keep lit candles well away from anything that can burn.
Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children and pets.
Use sturdy candleholders that won't tip or burn. Those with glass shades or chimneys are safer.
Extinguish candles when they burn to within five centimetres (two inches) of their holder.
Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home
Plan and practise a home escape plan in the event of fire

Media Contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, Cell: 416-919-6500



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