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Parks and Environment Committee, Committee Room 1, City Hall
The Chief Corporate Officer recommends that City Council direct:
The purpose of this report is to provide City Council with an update on the actions being taken to assess:
This report also provides a status update about implementation of the City's 2008 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and the development of the City's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit.
In 2011, the City of Toronto completed a study to help predict future climate conditions. Key predictions from the "Toronto's Future Weather and Climate Drivers Study" were that Toronto might experience increasing average annual and maximum temperatures, more heat waves, and less frequent but much more intense rain events. The storm of July 8, 2013, during which severe thunderstorms and heavy rains flooded many parts of the City caused damage to public and private property and infrastructure, stranded thousands of commuters, and left tens of thousands of residents and businesses without electricity, emphasized the reality of the study's prediction.
The Chief Corporate Officer has coordinated the development of this report with the engagement of 14 City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations and Metrolinx and with support from Legal Services, Corporate Finance and Accounting Services. Work completed to date, has identified that while City operations have in place numerous initiatives, policies and services that support extreme weather adaptation, there is a need for additional work to evaluate a number of corporate wide issues and, in particular issues associated with the interdependencies of critical City infrastructure and services.
(November 22, 2013) Report and Appendix A from the Chief Corporate Officer on the Resilient City: Peparing for Extreme Weather Events
The Toronto Board of Health on November 4, 2013, considered a report (October 21, 2013) from the Medical Officer on Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change in Toronto
(November 8, 2013) Letter from the Toronto Board of Health on Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change in Toronto
(October 21, 2013) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change