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Toronto Declares Extreme Heat Alert

Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer

June 26, 2009 — Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued an Extreme Heat Alert for today. The Extreme Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice.

During an Extreme Heat Alert, the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to see if they require assistance. Other at risk groups include people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are marginally housed or homeless.

During an extreme heat alert, people are encouraged to make use of air conditioned shopping malls and local libraries as places to cool off.

During the labour disruption, alternative Cooling Centres are open during Extreme Heat Alerts.

The following location will be open 24 hours a day during this alert:

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W. - people are asked to enter through the Front Street entrance.

The following locations will be open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.:

  • Toronto North York Library Branch, 5120 Yonge St.
  • Toronto Parkdale Library Branch, 1303 Queen St. W.
  • Toronto Richview Library Branch, 1806 Islington Ave.
  • Salvation Army Cedarbrae Community Church, 2085 Ellesmere Rd.
  • Salvation Army Yorkwoods Community Church, 20 Yorkwoods Gate
  • Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel Church, 2021 Lawrence Ave. E.
Water and snacks are available at the Cooling Centres. Additional information on ways to help stay cool is also available through the City of Toronto.

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