Toronto and John Tory: Key dates of the recent blackout crisis



Civic leader John Tory is the current mayor of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and he will be leaving his position after three consecutive elections as MP. Read more: A political legacy and an awkward exit Here’s our live blog of the key dates in the last few days. 20 April – Part of Toronto, Ontario, are experiencing power cuts, following a brush with ice and extreme cold. Some people have reported that their cellphones have been blacked out, with access to the internet possibly also disrupted. This is the first winter for Toronto since 2013 when residential customers suffered a power outage for days. 1 April – Mayor John Tory says the city needs to find a way to tackle congestion in the city. “I think it’s a frustration for all Torontonians but I don’t think it’s a frustration that should lead to inaction,” he says. 1 April – The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario announces it will suspend Tory as a member for one year. Tory says he will “continue to fulfill the duties of my office, as the police commissioner and a Cabinet minister”. 3 March – A poll indicates that Tory’s popularity has dropped to an all-time low. It was 50% in October, and 42% in March. 7 March – Toronto Hydro announces that it has ordered inspections of all remaining transformers and other circuits around the city. 9 March – Three people are arrested for their alleged roles in protests over a cluster of deadly power blackouts. Yvonne Yee, Jordan Lucas and Tiffany Cabrera were to have been charged with conspiracy to commit mischief, mischief under $5,000, and criminal contempt of court, in relation to an anti-poverty demonstration on 22 November 2018. 21 February – The chief executive of the city, John Tory, announces that the city’s utility will stop all planned construction in view of the extent of the 2018 blackout. 22 February – The City of Toronto report shows that it will cost the City of Toronto more than $170m to repair the damaged systems. This will only cover the security breach of the underground network; it is not clear if the cost of the rest of the damage will be met by the city. 5 February – An Ontario Court judge rules that Toronto Hydro is liable for damages resulting from the global blackout. On Monday, 20 February, the Court of Appeal accepted the ruling. Sources: City of Toronto, Toronto Hydro

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