Yes, the 'emergency' is in the eyes of the beholder!That's definitely a load of croc from the city. It's a nice policy...if they actually followed it.
For instance, I cant tell you the number of times over the past year or two where Kipling Ave from Lake Shore to Horner has been hacked up for either, sewer work, water work, electrical work, etc. This is not even 5 years after the road was reconstructed. But then maybe they are just classiying that work as an "emergency" to get around that moratorium.