Southern Ontario Wind Storm
Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services issued the following statement today:
"Our heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the two people who tragically lost their lives during yesterday night's wind storm.
I know many families and businesses across the province are dealing with the effects of the wind storm. I want to assure those affected that your local hydro utilities are working as quickly and safely as possible to return electricity to those without power.
On behalf of all Ontarians, I want to say thank you to those hydro workers who worked throughout the night and are continuing to work today, to reconnect the hundreds of thousands of people who experienced outages and those still without power. Our first responders and municipal services are also working diligently to make our roads safe and clear branches from power lines. I urge people not to attempt to move downed branches or trees on your own.
Right now, provincial officials, including those from Emergency Management Ontario, are ready to respond to requests for assistance from affected municipalities. My colleague Bill Mauro, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs, has also reached out to make sure communities have the support they need.
We will use all of our resources to ensure that our hard working hydro crews get the help they need to ensure things get back to normal as quickly as possible."