City of Toronto begins sharing traffic data with Waze App

The City of Toronto issued a media release this morning announcing their new partnership with the Waze traffic app.

November 20, 2017

City of Toronto officially begins sharing traffic data with Waze to help motorists navigate the city

Today, Mayor John Tory announced a new partnership with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Through this partnership, the City of Toronto and Waze will provide free access to each other’s real-time traffic and road data, providing motorists with the best information to navigate the city.

“For the first time, the City is sharing its traffic data with Waze and Waze users. This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and provide Waze users enhanced information to plan and adjust their commute,” said Mayor Tory. “Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times. I am determined to build on the progress we’ve made and continue the fight each and every day.”

Through its Connected Citizens Program, Waze app users will now have access to the City’s traffic data in real-time, providing a greater ability for motorists to avoid road closures, construction and traffic jams. More information about Waze’s Connected Citizens Program is available at

The City will also be able to leverage anonymous Waze driver and traffic insights to make data-driven infrastructure decisions. In the Toronto area alone, there are more than 560,000 active Waze app users. Traffic accidents, hazards and congestion details can also be posted by users in the app. Every app user and trip improves the Waze map, and this data will help City staff better respond to issues as they occur.

“Waze was founded on the belief that we can outsmart traffic together,” said Mike Wilson, Waze Canada’s country manager. “Our partnership with the City of Toronto will empower drivers with real-time information on routes, traffic alerts and road closures to get them to their destination on time. Additionally, by leveraging Waze insights, the City will now have greater visibility into traffic patterns and will be able to make better planning decisions.”

In addition, Waze will help the City to disseminate traffic and road closure information for major events, highway maintenance and pilot projects, such as the King Street Pilot that was launched last week.

About Waze
Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favourite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit For more information on Waze privacy policy, visit

Meeting Nov. 27 on plans for proposed Summerhill project

The ABC Residents Association (ABCRA) is reporting that Diamond Corp has applied for an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 5 Scrivener Court and 8-10 Price Street development which is impact Yonge St in Summerhill. The amendments are said to allow an eight-storey (35 metre) building and a 26-storey (97.3 metre) building with a total of 182 rental dwelling units, 3,085 square metres of non-residential floor area, and 164 vehicle parking spaces within an underground garage. A consultation meeting will be held November 27. The ABCRA takes its name from boundaries west of Yonge St. being Avenue Rd., Bloor St. and the CP tracks

What: Community Consultation on 5 Scrivener Square and 8-10 Price Street.
When: Monday, November 27, 2017, 7pm to 9pm (time to be confirmed)
Where: Stone Church, 45 Davenport Road

5th week in trial of Millard, Smich for Laura Babcock death

The Laura Babcock murder trial is enters its fifth week of testimony Monday and jurors in a Toronto courtroom will hear from only a handful more witnesses as the Crown is expected to wrap up its case against co-accused Dellen Millard and Mark Smich. CBC   Millard talked of “BBQ mission” month Babcock vanished


Weather Network says “La Niña” suggests a snowy winter 

This is a part of a forecast by the Weather Network calling for a “Classic Canadian Winter”. We shall see. “As a whole, Canadians should expect a wild ride from start to finish,” Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network, says of Winter 2017/18. “It’s safe to say we’ll all be participating in winter this year.” An active storm track and a developing La Niña will help define the season.

Santa Parade a joy to behold for thousands on chilly Sunday

The 113th Annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade was everything it should have been Sunday with an estimated 500,000 people bundled up to watch and kids just tickled by the spectacle. It was a joy to behold. As reported by the CBC, the big parade got under way right on time at 12.30 and moved smartly along the 6.5 metres route. Instagram photos. Below, a City News summary from Pam Seatle.

Toronto wins Eastern final squeaker to contest the Grey Cup

Toronto Argonauts will go to the Grey Cup after wining a thrilling 25-21 Eastern Division final game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The CBC reports that Cody Fajardo’s one-yard TD run with 23 seconds remaining won a wild contest at BMO Stadium.  Toronto returns to the Grey Cup for the first time since winning the 100th championship game in 2012 at Rogers Centre. The Argos will face either the Calgary Stampeders or Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday at Ottawa’s TD Place. And here, courtesy of City News is the equally wild — and we do mean wild — tailgate party.


Cops identify 2 parks near Pearson where lasers imperil jets

Toronto police have named two parks in northwest Toronto where someone has been shooting laser beams at jetliners landing at Pearson airport. The dangerous game can blind pilots and cause disaster. Cops are reported to be on the ground at Lanyard Park and Beaumonde Heights Park Sunday night. The two small green areas are a few blocks apart east of Highway 27 and north of 401. Police issued an alert over TPS Operations Twitter service that laser pointers have been aimed at a number of planes landing and taking off at the airport.

Leaside fights back from 2-goal deficit to beat Durham 3-2

Leaside Jr Wildcats were trailing Durham West Lightning 2-0 after two periods Sunday but they fought back to win the game in overtime 3-2. The win gave the Wildcats a sweep of the weekend following their shut out of London Devilettes Saturday night.Sunday boxscore Kate Stuart earns SO as Jr. Cats beat London Devilettes 2-0

Law passes ordering college teachers back to classroom

The legislation requiring college teachers to return to the classroom was voted into law at Queen’s Park Sunday after a torturous five-week strike by members of the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU). It was only the latest vicious confrontation between teachers and the education system to convulse Ontario in recent years. There seems no appetite or strategy to change the process. The conventional political and court-interpreted view of such strikes is that the students must face the loss of their time, money and learning in order to satisfy the right to strike.


The minister, Deb Matthews, offered this view of the only acceptable role of government. “There is a very high bar. Collective bargaining is protected. The Supreme Court has ruled that you have to have a very, very good rationale, that the academic year [must be] in jeopardy. Had we gone before that final offer vote, this absolutely would have been challenged,” she told reporters at Queen’s Park.

Get a fake friend, take off your clothes and wreck your life

The CBC examination of trolling on Facebook for the purpose of extorting money from gullible users is well worth a look. Then to the right, a City News story tells of the all too believable strategy at the TTC to ignore parking at stations on the new Vaughan subway. That’s so you will take the bus. Uh-huh. Below that, Pope Francis marks World Day for the Poor as only the Vatican can. Then finally, jubilation in Zimbabwe as the poster boy for African mismanagement, Robert Mugabe, is dumped by his own party. But will he retire at age 93? Not likely.

Santa Claus Parade will thrill thousands — and close roads

The Santa Claus Parade starts at 12.30 Sunday and many roads will be closed.  The parade begins at Christie Pits Park and runs eastbound along Bloor Street, southbound on Queen’s Park Crescent/ University Avenue and then eastbound on Wellington Street West/Front Street East. The event will wrap up outside the St. Lawrence Market building at around 3 p.m. Here are the closures.

  • Bloor Street West, from Ossington Avenue to Christie Street, at 8 a.m.
  • Bloor Street West, from Christie Street to Bathurst Street, at 10 a.m.
  • Bloor Street West, from Bathurst Street to Bay Street, at 10:45 a.m.
  • Avenue Road/Queen’s Park, from Davenport Road to College Street, at 10:45 a.m.
  • University Avenue, from College Street to Dundas Street, at 11 a.m.
  • University Avenue, from Dundas Street to Front Street, at 11:15 a.m.
  • Wellington Street, from University Avenue to Jarvis Street, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Front Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street, at 11:45 a.m.
  • Front Street, from Jarvis Street to Sherbourne Street, at 11 a.m.