Every cloud has a silver lining! But also, most of this news isn't that good: Less apocalyptic weather for Toronto this morning, Mississauga seems to have been hardest hit in Monday's storm, one of the men who appeared in the infamous photo with Mayor Rob Ford has been released on bail, and a second public consultation was held last night for the proposed development of a large retail complex—and Walmart—at Bathurst and College Streets.
Toronto dodged a bit of a bullet this morning, despite Environment Canada’s warning of the possibility of torrential downpours and mad winds (okay, they didn’t quite put it like that) overnight last night. They retracted the advisory early this morning. In less positive news, early estimates say the storm caused more than $600 million in damage.
It looks like, of all the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga was the hardest hit in Monday night’s epic storm. A whopping 126 mm of rainfall was recorded at Pearson International Airport, compared to 97 mm recorded in the downtown area. Further, before the flood (heh, sounds biblical) a recent study done by Michael Gregory, a water resources engineer who works with the consultancy firm AECOM, found that Mississauga needed to seriously up its stormwater management fund, to the tune of almost $40 million a year, in order to hit a sustainable service level.
Muhammad Khattak, the 19 year old now infamous for being one of the men to appear in a photo with Mayor Rob Ford, was released on bail. Ontario Superior Court Justice Gladys Pardu overturned a justice of the peace’s call to detain Khattak last month, after the latter was charged with trafficking cocaine and marijuana for the alleged North Etobicoke drug-and gun-running gang, the Dixon City Bloods. As a condition of his bail, Khattak is apparently not permitted to contact anyone implicated in the June 13 Project Traveller raids.
Roughly 130 people opposed to the building of a large retail complex at Bathurst Street south of College Street showed up at City Council Chambers last night for a second public consultation with City of Toronto Planning Department staff and the RioCan developers proposing the construction—the most controversial feature of which is its proposed inclusion of a Walmart.