Flooding an election issue

The recent flooding in Mount Dennis and Weston is becoming an election issue. In  2017, Frances Nunziata voted against a hard-surface charge that would have paid to fix flooding infrastructure; now Chiara Padovani, one of her competitors, is taking the lead, holding a meeting with homeowners and advocating for a bridge on Janerecommended at least as far back as 2014—to mitigate flooding.
From Chiara Padovani
 
Sophie Van Waeyenberghe, via The Star
A maddening article in The Star describes the lost opportunities, and the serious costs to Mount Dennis homeowners:
An earlier study by the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority identified some possible solutions, such as building a Jane St. bridge over the Humber River, but the cost is estimated in the tens of millions of dollars. “We should be the priority when we’re in a high-risk area,” Padovani said. “Make no mistake — other parts of the city are getting funded.” Even though flooding has been a prevalent issue in the area for decades, fixing the problem needs political will, Padovani said. She referred to the sale of the flood plain-adjacent land at 200 Rockcliffe Ct. to a meat packing plant, lands that could have helped mitigate the problem. “We had land that should have been seen as valuable, to protect our homes,” she said. “This is the biggest example of neglect.”
Frances Nunziata, while recently softening, has long been a fiscal conservative (except on the wasteful Scarborough Subway).

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

2 thoughts on “Flooding an election issue”

  1. Neglect is obvious here, and no political will means the politicians suppposedly representing us have neglected issues that have pressing importance. Like flood control.

  2. FYI
    Another report about the city’s strategy to mitigate flooding can be heard online @ CBC Radio 1’s Metro Morning – a conversation posted the morning of Aug.22, 2018.

    They call the posting, “How is the City doing with flooding?” (5:50)

    The conversation was with Lou Di Geronimo, the General Manager of Toronto Water, who is also the interim Deputy City Manager.

    It’s a massive ongoing problem that’ll challenge this huge city for years to come and he talks a little about the what, where, when and how much.

    So, if you want another perspective (presented by a left leaning current events radio station), check it out.

    (In the mean time – buyer beware?)

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