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Should Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have Called and Emergency during the December 2013 Ice Storms?

Toronto Municipal Election 2014

The ice storm left 300,000 people in Toronto without power, and while many of them got power back quickly, it took more than a week to restore power to the final homes.  The cost to the city is estimated at 106 million dollars.

 

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Rob Ford Should Have Called a State of Emergency

The Situation Was Not A State of Emergency, and Rob Ford did the Right Thing

Normal Response

Although there is no proper definition for a State of Emergency, Rob Ford should have called one in this case.  There was a major disruption to the city that affected people's safety and their property.  

Normal Response

Many mayors may have called a state of emergency, and others would not have.  Rob Ford made the best decision he could given the situation and it was made with the interests of citizens in mind.

Financial Assistance

Declaring a state of emergency provides additional methods for requesting assistance from provincial and federal sources.  Although critics say that it would not have helped in this case, it certainly would not have hindered.

Financial Assistance

All of the requested additional funding that was requested has been provided to the city.  There is no point to declaring a state of emergency if it will have no financial impact.

Communication with the People

The city should have been put into a State of Emergency so that a message would be sent to Torontonians concerning the severity of the situation.

Communication with the People

A declaration of a State of Emergency is not the only way to communicate with citizens.  Rob Ford and the rest of the city communicated to the citizens of Toronto very effectively and no one was unaware of the situation and its severity.

Political Situation

The only reason that Rob Ford refused to call a State of Emergency is because then the responsibility for running the situation would have gone to deputy mayor Norm Kelly.

Political Situation

The political situation did not play into Rob Fords actions.  He made the best choice he could for the citizens of Toronto.

 

Toronto Ice Storm

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References

1.      Globe and Mail: Toronto Council Split of State of Emergency:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-council-split-over-state-of-emergency/article16096657/

1.     CBC News: Declare Toronto ice storm a "disaster area," report urges: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/declare-toronto-ice-storm-a-disaster-area-report-urges-1.2489658

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