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March 9, 2016 – City of Toronto cautions residents about responding to misleading communications – Toronto Water does not conduct door-to-door sales

The City of Toronto is receiving complaints from residents who are being given notices such as flyers from independent contractors using door-to-door sales tactics. The notices are designed to appear as if they are City communications about programs and services associated with Toronto Water.

March 4, 2016 – Break and enters incidents

Dear Constituents,

Break and enters incidents

I have been made aware that incidents of break and enters are again happening in private homes in our area.

Last year, my office held a very successful town hall meeting that addressed community safety issues – with over 300 residents of Ward 39 attending.

In the near future, we will holding another town hall meeting on crime prevention.

March 4, 2016 – Nominations open for 2016 Public Health Champion Awards

Toronto Public Health is encouraging the public to nominate individuals and organizations for the 2016 Public Health Champion Awards. Toronto’s Board of Health established these awards in 2008 to recognize leaders in public health.

“Many people are committed to making Toronto a healthier city,” said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s), Chair of the Board of Health. “The Public Health Champion Awards recognize and celebrate the efforts and leadership of individuals and organizations for their hard work protecting and promoting good health to Toronto residents.”

A Board of Health committee will review all nominations and select one individual and one organizational winner based on demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following four areas: providing leadership; fostering collaboration; building community capacity through innovative health promotion strategies; and achieving impact by acting as a catalyst for positive change.

The 2015 Public Health Champion Awards winners were Floydeen Charles-Fridal and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services.

  • Floydeen Charles-Fridal was chosen for her work with Rexdale Community Health Centre and as President of the Board of Directors at TAIBU Community Health Centre. She helped develop many of TAIBU’s innovative programs, including its dental and oral health, sickle cell, diabetes education and peer nutrition programs. Her efforts have improved access to health services for many of the city’s residents.
  • Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services was chosen for its efforts in establishing a medical clinic to provide health care services to new residents and racialized communities in Toronto. The organization has also been a key partner in collaborations with other service agencies, community organizations and research institutions to increase conversation and partner engagement on accessible health care.

Nominations for this year’s awards are open until April 30. Online submissions, nomination forms, eligibility guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at http://bit.ly/1GHJcTr

This year’s recipients will be honoured at an awards ceremony in July.


More information about the awards is available at http://bit.ly/1GHJcTr.

March 2, 2016 – Extreme Cold Weather Alert – seek shelter, check on loved ones

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert today for Toronto that will be in effect until further notice.

Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature drops below 35°C and can have severe consequences, including organ failure and death. Frostnip and frostbite can also occur in cold weather when skin freezes.

During extreme cold weather, residents are encouraged to call or visit vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to ensure they are not experiencing any difficulties related to the weather. Those most at risk of cold-related illness are people who work outdoors, people with a pre-existing heart condition or respiratory illness, those taking certain medications, infants and young children, and those who are homeless. People with heart problems can experience worsening of their condition up to several days after cold weather occurs.

This alert triggers cold weather services for homeless people, including TTC tokens for people to get to shelter, increased street outreach, and a direction to shelters to relax any service restrictions in place. During an extreme cold weather alert, two 24-hour extreme cold weather drop-ins will be opened by 3 p.m. on the day the alert is called and closed by noon on the day the alert is cancelled. More information about these services is available at http://bit.ly/1yFFOH5.

During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, members of the public are encouraged to take the following precautions:

• Dress in layers, making sure your outer layer is windproof, and cover exposed skin.

• Wear a hat, warm mittens or gloves, and warm boots.

• Stay dry. Your risk of hypothermia is much greater if you are wet.

• Choose wool or synthetic fabrics for clothes instead of cotton, because cotton stops keeping you warm once it gets wet.

• People who normally spend long periods outside should seek shelter. Depending on the wind chill, exposed skin can freeze in minutes.

• Avoid alcohol as it increases blood flow. You may feel warm even though you are losing body heat.

• Consider rescheduling outdoor activities, or limiting time outdoors, especially if it’s windy.

• Keep home heating at 21ºC or warmer if babies or elderly people are present.

If you see someone on the street who needs outreach assistance – which may include a shelter bed due to the cold temperatures – call 311. For medical emergencies, call 911.

More information and tips for staying warm during extremely cold weather are available at http://www.toronto.ca/health.

This news release is also available on the City’s website: http://bit.ly/21CuXN3

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities.