A smog advisory continues to be in effect for southwestern Ontario

A smog advisory continues to be in effect for southwestern Ontario

This is an update to my previous blogs:

Effective immediately, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in Canada has lifted the Smog Advisory (June 28, 2012) for the following forecast regions because increasing wind speeds are allowing for good mixing and dispersion of pollutants, resulting in cleaner air:

  • Barrie-Orillia-Midland
  • Belleville-Quinte-Northumberland
  • City of Toronto
  • Dufferin-Innisfil
  • Grey-Bruce
  • Halton-Peel
  • Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes
  • Waterloo-Wellington
  • York-Durham

However, a Smog Advisory remains in effect for:

Read more of Ontario’s Smog Advisory Partially Lifted June 29, 2012

This video presents “Canada day 2011-Mel lastman square, Toronto”:

  • a spectacular fireworks display choreographed to music

You're Invited: More Celebratory Events on Canada Day in Toronto July 1, 2012. Above, Fireworks Display at Mel Lastman Square.

You’re Invited: More Celebratory Events on Canada Day in Toronto July 1, 2012. Above, Fireworks Display at Mel Lastman Square.

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Celebrate Canada Day + Weekend Road Closures in Toronto June 29 – July 2, 2012.

There are more great events (most are FREE) to celebrate Canada Day on July 1 as follows:

Read more of You’re Invited: More Celebratory Events on Canada Day in Toronto July 1, 2012

This video presents “Ottawa, ON / Gatineau, QC – Canada Day 2011 – Fireworks”:

Canada celebrates its 145th birthday in 2012:

  • Canada Day at Queen’s Park has been a tradition since 1967 – this is our 45th year celebrating on the lawns at Queen’s Park

Here are the FREE celebratory events of Canada Day in Toronto, Ontario:

Read more of You’re Invited: Celebrate Canada Day + Weekend Road Closures in Toronto June 29 – July 2, 2012

This is an update to my previous blog Smog Alert: Parts of Southern & Western Ontario June 28, 2012.

The existing Smog Alert of June 28, 2012, is now expanded to include the following additional forecast regions in Ontario, Canada:

  • Barrie-Orillia-Midland
  • Belleville-Quinte-Northumberland
  • City of Toronto
  • Dufferin-Innisfil
  • Halton-Peel
  • Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes
  • York-Durham

Read more of Ontario’s Smog Alert: Expanded to Include City of Toronto & Parts of Central Ontario June 28, 2012

Smog Alert: Parts of Southern & Western Ontario June 28, 2012

Smog Alert: Parts of Southern & Western Ontario June 28, 2012

A SMOG ADVISORY* has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for the following forecast regions for  June 28:

  • City of Hamilton
  • Dunnville-Caledonia-Haldimand
  • Elgin
  • Grey-Bruce
  • Huron-Perth
  • London-Middlesex
  • Niagara
  • Oxford-Brant
  • Sarnia-Lambton
  • Simcoe-Delhi-Norfolk
  • Waterloo-Wellington
  • Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent
Smog Alert: Parts of Southern & Western Ontario June 28, 2012

Smog Alert: Parts of Southern & Western Ontario June 28, 2012

Hot, sunny conditions, combined with a west to southwesterly flow of polluted air from the U.S. and local build-up of pollutants are forecasted to result in elevated smog levels across parts of southern and western Ontario.

A smog advisory is in effect for Southern & Western Ontario:

  • This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

* A Smog Advisory means that there is a strong likelihood that there may be poor air quality within the next 24 hours due to ground-level ozone and/or particulate matter.

The Air Quality Index (AQI):

  • It is an indicator of air quality, based on air pollutants  that have adverse effects on human health and the environment.
    • Smog is harmful to the lungs and heart.
    • Even in healthy people, smog can reduce lung function.

  • A Smog Advisory is related to the Air Quality Index (AQI), which rates how clean the air is.
    • The AQI scale ranges from 0 to 100+.
    • Higher numbers mean higher health risks.
    • A Smog Advisory is issued in your region when the AQI is expected to reach 50 in the next 24 hours.
    • It can be lifted once the AQI is expected to reach or drops below 50.
  • Smog is made up of a complex mixture of air pollutants that are sometimes visible, such as a brownish-yellow haze over cities; sometimes not.

Hot, sunny conditions, combined with a southwesterly flow of polluted air from the U.S. and local build-up of pollutants are resulting in elevated smog levels across southern, central, and parts of northern and eastern Ontario.

The details of the smog forecast are as follows:

Read more of Smog Alert: Parts of Southern & Western Ontario June 28, 2012

The importer, Phoenicia Group Inc. (St-Laurent, Quebec, Canada), is warning the public not to consume Alkanater brand Tahina, described below, because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

The details regarding the voluntary recall of the affected product, Alkanater brand Tahina, are as follows:

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Certain Alkanater Brand Tahina is Recalled

You're Invited: Celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day in Ontario June 27, 2012

You’re Invited: Celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day in Ontario June 27, 2012

June 27 of each year is Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

“Canadian Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and our commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect and to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society.”

Here are some FREE celebratory events for Canadian Multiculturalism Day in Ontario:

Read more of You’re Invited: Celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day in Ontario June 27, 2012