Joe Mihevc is Toronto’s city councillor representing Ward 21, St. Paul’s West. He is an advocate for strong neighbourhoods, healthy communities, a clean environment and safe streets.

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Here comes the snow!

It’s that time of the year again – winter!  A Canadian winter can sometimes mean a lot of snow, and the City of Toronto is ready.

Here are a few things that you can expect as we gear up for another winter in Toronto.

Prior to the onset of a storm, Transportation Services will be applying a layer of salt brine to hills and bridges throughout the city.  The application of salt brine is intended to prevent the snow from bonding to the pavement and to make it easier to plow the snow to the side of the road.

As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways and main roads.  Local roads and laneways are salted soon after this.  When two centimeters of snow has accumulated then plowing will begin on the expressways and, when five centimeters has accumulated, plowing will begin on the main roads. Plowing on the expressways and main roads will continue until the operation is complete. Read more

City of Toronto opening 15 outdoor rinks this weekend

The City of Toronto is opening 15 outdoor rinks tomorrow, including Nathan Phillips Square, the new, covered rink and skating path at Greenwood Park, and the ice-skating trail at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. It’s time for Torontonians to lace up their skates and enjoy a outdoor skating season.

Weather permitting, 15 outdoor rinks will open on Saturday, November 22 and operate until the season ends on March 22. The 36 other outdoor rinks will open Saturday, November 29 and operate until February 22.

More information about Toronto’s outdoor artificial ice rinks, including a map of rink locations, schedules for each location, closures, learn-to-skate programs and helmet/equipment requirements, is available here. Read more