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Toronto springs into cleanup action


Kasia Bodurka, reporter
April 7, 2013 — The transition from winter to spring isn't easy for major cities. Kasia Bodurka gives us a glimpse into Toronto's seasonal switch-over.


People from across the city are encouraged to help 'Clean Toronto Together' by cleaning and greening their school grounds, neighbourhoods and shorelines.
People from across the city are encouraged to help 'Clean Toronto Together' by cleaning and greening their school grounds, neighbourhoods and shorelines.

The sun is shining, snow is melting and that could only mean one thing in the City of of Toronto: potholes. 

Toronto typically fills an average of 200,000 potholes a year, but this year will likely be busier, thanks to more freeze and thaw cycles.

To combat the problem, The City of Toronto’s Transportation Division has assigned a larger number of work crews to the job of fixing potholes and similar road defects.
 
Next on the city's to-do list, is opening of the beaches. 

"We're in the midst of spring cleanup here in the eastern beaches," said James Dann, Manager of Waterfront Parks. "We have a great example of what the snow fence has been doing. It's been keeping the sand from blowing onto the boardwalk that we have. Basically it's created these dunes and the dunes are a result of the sand being blown into the snow fencing.
So, we're in the process of taking this down, getting the beach ready for the spring season."

Being home to more than 2.6 million people, there's no shortage of places that could use a little spring cleaning -- and the city is looking to its residents to help spruce up their neighbourhoods.

This year marks the third annual "Clean Toronto Together" initiative, where people of all ages are welcome to clean an area of their choice. 

The program runs throughout the month of April. 

"Last year, this effort cleaned up more than 6,000 tonnes of litter. We also removed 8,000 square metres of graffiti, and we’re going to do the exact same, if not more this year,” said Mayor Rob Ford said at City Hall. 

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