WestJet cancels some flights in and out of Pearson airport as Toronto braces for winter storm
As Toronto braces for a large winter storm, here’s a closer look at some of the things cancelled or impacted across the city.
WestJet said it has “proactively” cancelled all flights operating to and from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport as of 8 p.m. on Friday until Saturday morning, “pending conditions.”
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Air Canada also warned customers to check their flight status before leaving for the airports in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
The city said all of its community recreation centres will be closed on Saturday, and all permits and programs will also be cancelled.
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According to the city, outdoor artificial ice rinks will be open on Saturday once the snow has been cleared and it is safe to resume skating.
The city said all 10 Toronto History Museums and four cultural centres will be closed on Saturday.
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The Toronto Transit Commission said operations could be impacted by road conditions.
At 7, the TTC said Line 3 was closed.
The TTC said all Line 3 Scarborough service would be replaced by shuttle busses.
“Shuttle busses will be running between Kennedy and McCowan Stations,” the commission said in a post on Twitter.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) said all permits for in-person classes for its continuing education program are cancelled for Friday and Saturday.
The board said this includes the international languages elementary and African heritage program, Saturday international languages secondary credit program, Learn4Life community programs and adult ESL.
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According to the TDSB, virtual courses will continue to run as scheduled.
Humber College said it would be closing all of its campus locations as of 6 p.m.
“Any scheduled classes beginning at 6 p.m. or later will be moved to remote delivery, wherever possible,” the college said, urging students to “check Blackboard for updates.”
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The Greater Toronto Hockey League said it has postponed all Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A games scheduled for Friday.
The league said the games will be rescheduled for a later date.
The Toronto Public Library said all of its brances would close at 6 p.m. on Friday and remain closed on Saturday “due to severe weather conditions.”
The Toronto Zoo said it would be opening at noon on Saturday to “allow the team to complete snow removal on-site.”
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the city, saying a “significant winter storm with dangerous travel conditions” is expected to hit Toronto Friday night.
“Non-essential travel (is) strongly discouraged,” the weather agency said.
According to Environment Canada, total snowfall accumulations between 20 and 30 centimetres are possible.
The agency said “rapidly accumulating snowfall” could create hazardous travel and heavy, wet snow and wind could cause isolated power outages.
Toronto police have also warned residents of the winter weather and strong winds expected to hit the city on Friday.
“Please use caution if you must venture outside, and be aware of blowing debris and power outages at signalled intersections,” the force said in a tweet. “Slow down and drive to the weather conditions.”
The Ontario Provincial Police said those who need to travel should drive with “extreme care” and “be aware of potential treacherous driving conditions.”
“If you can, please wait for the system to pass and the roads to be plowed before heading out,” the force said in a tweet.
-With a file from The Canadian Press
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