Updated: Feb 13
Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 07:00 PM
Broadcast Time: 11:00 AM
Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
Type: Service Advisory
Occurrence #: N/A
The University of Toronto Campus Safety Special Constable Service is advising the community of road restrictions and traffic delays in and around the St. George campus this weekend due to public safety operations related to possible demonstrations at Queen's Park. There will be an increased police presence in the area.
Members of the University of Toronto community are advised to avoid the Queen's Park area this weekend and remain vigilant on the St. George campus.
This weekend, Robarts Research Library and Gerstein Library will remain open for students studying for mid-terms. Hart House will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. but only for the U of T community; the only public entrance will be from Tower Road (only pedestrian access). The Athletic Centre, Goldring Centre and Varsity Centre will remain open this weekend but will restrict access to the U of T community.
The University remains open at this time. Buildings will continue to be accessible to the U of T community by security fob or key.
Road closures on Main Campus will go into effect as of 10 PM on Friday, February 11, 2022. Parking garages will also close at 10 PM but surface parking lots will remain open. Several city road closures are already in place in the surrounding area.
We'd also like to remind our community of the personal safety resources available to them like TravelSafer or Virtual TravelSafer and FriendWalk available through the U of T Safety App.
Request a TravelSafer to have a uniformed officer provide an escort to and from any destination on campus (or an abutting TTC station). This service is available 24/7 and can be requested by calling 416-978-7233. Please keep in mind that with this weekend’s demonstrations, there may be an increased demand for this service.
Virtual TravelSafer and FriendWalk are also two personal safety resources available through the U of T Safety App which some may find more accessible this weekend. Both features allow you to share your live location (for the duration of your trip) with either a Campus Safety dispatcher or with a trusted friend and trigger an alert if you need help.
You can download the U of T Safety App here: U of T Safety App
The University will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. Please check the Campus Status website for further updates and plan ahead. High-priority information will be shared through the University's emergency alert system (UTAlert). Register for UTAlert at: utoronto.ca/alerts.
For the latest Campus Status, visit: www.utoronto.ca/campus-status
For updates related to the demonstration (including information on city road restrictions) follow Toronto Police Operations on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TPSOperations