Factories may close as Toronto faces serious coal shortage. Coal tied up at American border.
“In normal times it should take six days at the outside for a car of coal to reach Toronto from the mines…’Canadian railways are not able to take the traffic from the frontier…The result is that every American road leading to frontier is so congested that it was found necessary to put an embargo. The Canadian lines have the American railroads tied up tight, and the situation during the balance of the winter depends entirely upon the Canadian railways.'”
Snow cleaners were at work on Sunday. “There may be differences in opinion as to the need of snow-cleaning operations on the Sabbath, but Street Commissioner G.B. Wilson saw certain work to be done, and had it done…He has no apologies to make for the Sunday labor. Works Commissioner R.C. Harris did no have his men at work on Sunday.”
Page 5. (1916, Jul 31). Toronto Daily Star (1900-1971)
The Street Cleaner’s Benevolent Association second annual picnic at Center Island. “Between 300 and 400 of the street cleaners and other members of the street commissioner’s staff with their wives and children, enjoyed a splendid day’s outing…the chief event being a tug-of-war, which was won by the men from the Western Division, and a baseball match which resulted in a tie.”
“For a whole week Toronto has been sweltering, blistering in a torrid heat wave… All Toronto that could easily do so trekked to the water yesterday and dipped in…Last night was so hot. Many folks slept in hammocks in the back yard or on their verandahs.”
Heat wave is spent. “The back-bone of the heat wave is broken…The first 20 days of July are always exceedingly warm, but after July 20 the cooler weather may be expected. While there will be many hot days in August, it is not expected that there will be any lengthy warm periods.”
Wettest spring on record is hurting Toronto area crops. “Farmers and market gardeners in the vicinity of Toronto say they are faced with the most serious situation they have every seen…One old farmer of seventy-seven, declared to The Star to-day that it was the worst season he could remember in seventy years.”