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).
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 Jane— recommended at least as far back as 2014—to mitigate flooding. A maddening article in The Star describes the lost opportunities, and the serious costs to Mount Dennis homeowners: