This video presents “Behind the Red Door.”

  • For 30 years the Red Door has been providing emergency housing and support services to women escaping domestic violence, and to refugees/families experiencing a housing crisis in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Red Door Family Shelter is located at 875 Queen St. W. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • It is a 106-bed shelter.
  • It’s one of just two family shelters in Toronto.
  • The Red Door is specifically designed to help families, many of whom are mothers and children escaping domestic violence.
    • Since 1982, the Red Door Family Shelter has provided hope and help for thousands of homeless families that have come through our red door.
      • In the early 80’s there was only one other shelter operating in Toronto.
    • Responding to the growing need for shelter space for homeless families, the Red Door was opened in the basement of the Woodgreen United Church by a group of volunteers.
    •  We have now grown to be one of the largest family shelters in the city, providing shelter and support to over 500 families every year.
    • Many people can find themselves in desperate need.
      • These include women who are fleeing violence at home, families who are evicted, refugees, or young mothers who may have nowhere to go.

Red Door Family Shelter has been put into receivership and is now being bid on by condo developers, leaving the Red Door Family Shelter without a concrete future.

Please sign the petition and tell Toronto City Council that a refuge for homeless families is more important than another condo development.

Already, several City Councillors are speaking out in support and investigating legal tools to help save the shelter. We’re not opposed to development on the site, we just need to ensure that it includes a permanent home for The Red Door. I know if tens of thousands of people sign the petition we can get the support we need from City Council and convince prospective developers that the public will not back down in this fight.”

Steve Simpson, The Red Door Family Shelter

Read more of Please Save the Red Door Shelter for Homeless Families: Now Being Bid on by Condo Developers

This video presents “Alberta measles outbreak Health.”

  • Alberta Health Services declares outbreak in Calgary, Edmonton and central Alberta of the highly contagious disease.

Above, BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC's) electron microscope image of measles virus. (In reality the measles virus is not purple; the purple colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC’s) electron microscope image of measles virus. (In reality the measles virus is not purple; the purple colour is added as visual aid.)

Effective April 29, 2014, a measles outbreak has been declared in the Calgary, Central and Edmonton Zones of Alberta Health Services.

Alberta Health Services: Number of Confirmed Measles Cases in Alberta, Canada, as of April 30, 2014

Alberta Health Services: Number of Confirmed Measles Cases in Alberta, Canada, as of April 30, 2014

Alberta Health Services

Public Service Announcement

April 29, 2014

Measles outbreak declared in Calgary, Central and Edmonton Zones of Alberta Health Services

RED DEER – Following several consecutive weeks in which new cases of measles disease have been confirmed in the Calgary, Central and Edmonton Zones of Alberta Health Services (AHS), AHS has declared a measles outbreak in these three Zones. At this time, the outbreak declaration does not apply to the North or South Zones of AHS.

Though the work undertaken by AHS on routine basis, related to measles cases, does not change as a result of this declaration, Albertans are advised of the following changes to the routine childhood immunization schedule recommendations, specifically as they apply to Calgary, Central and Edmonton Zones, for the duration of this outbreak.

Effective immediately:

Read more of Measles Outbreak in Alberta, Canada: Calgary, Central and Edmonton Zones of Alberta Health Services

This is an update to the previous blog, Measles Outbreak in Fraser Health Region: B.C. Ministry of Health Provided Update.

NEWS RELEASE

Historic measles outbreak declared over: important to keep up with immunization schedules

28/04/2014 10:02:16 AM

With over 400 cases in 4 weeks, Fraser Health reminds parents of the importance of keeping up with immunization schedules.

SURREY – Fraser Health today announced the end of the measles outbreak in Fraser East. Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Fraser Health Chief Medical Health Officer, said the number of transmissions and new cases has vastly been reduced, and while occasional cases may still be seen, the outbreak response in Fraser Health is now coming to a close.

“The size of, and speed at which, this outbreak spread resulted in more cases of measles than the province has seen in the past 15 years, and was the largest outbreak in almost 30 years,” says Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Chief Medical Health Officer for Fraser Health. “National Immunization Awareness Week is an important time to remind parents how quickly these diseases can come back, and that vaccinations are your best shot at protecting your children from these preventable illnesses.”

Read more of Fraser Health Announced the End of the Measles Outbreak in Fraser East in British Columbia, Canada

Extreme weather events occurred in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ranging from severe flooding to ice storm havoc in 2013.

Research shows extended cold snaps like we’ve seen this winter could be a direct result of climate change….

…while the climate (or average global temperature) of the Earth heats up, the weather in every region won’t necessarily follow suit. Places prone to warm weather will see extended droughts, while much of Canada may experience more extended cold snaps…

The sort of confusion we’ve seen in the public around this issue belies a misunderstanding of the difference between climate and weather, said Dr. Altaf Arain, director of the McMaster Centre for Climate Change in Hamilton, Ont. He thinks people tend to look at their local weather for evidence of climate change, when really it’s the global average that shows the trend.

“When people see one month of extreme cold, they say ‘What happened to global warming?’” said Arain, a professor in McMaster University’s School of Geography and Earth Sciences. “But if you look globally, it’s -23 C in our region, but in Australia, in Europe the temperatures are much warmer than usual…”

Increased rains, flooding, snowfall and temperature shifts come with a cost, particularly as buildings, streets and cities face weather extremes for which they weren’t built.

On the ecosystem side, the costs come slowly. But burdens on insurance, damage to infrastructure, increased energy bills; these are happening now.

CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/experts-quiet-climate-change-skeptics-warming-leads-to-longer-cold-snaps-1.1727176

This video presents “Toronto Ice Storm 2013 – Branch Falling.”

  • Branch falling and hitting street light on Wanless Ave (just missed a transformer).

This video presents “TORONTO FLOODS Commuters Stranded By EXTREME WEATHER.”

  • A severe thunderstorm causes flash flooding in Toronto during the evening rush hour on Monday, causing chaos on the roads and shutting down the city’s transport network.

The City of Toronto is seeking your input on the following concerns:

  • The City’s response to the July 2013 flood and the December 2013 ice storm.
    • What worked well in their neighbourhoods?
    • What needs improving?
  • How the City can support its residents in future weather emergencies?

On January 10 and 13, 2014, City Council considered the report Impacts from the December 2013 Extreme Weather Event on the City of Toronto and requested the City Manager, in consultation with Agencies and Corporations, including Toronto Hydro, to review the City’s emergency response to the storm and develop recommendations to improve the management of future emergency events.

On April 1, 2 and 3, 2014, City Council adopted the report December 2013 Extreme Winter Storm Event– Provincial Funding Request and Structure of Comprehensive Reviews, outlining the public consultation process.

Here are two ways that you can give your input.

Read more of Toronto’s Response to 2013 Storms & Future Weather Emergencies: Give Your Input May 9-30, 2014

This video presents “Lawn and Garden Pesticides: Reducing Harm.”

  • Produced by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, this unique 10 minute video sets out the scientific evidence linking common household pesticides to a variety of serious illnesses, including cancer, reproductive problems and neurological diseases.
  • It offers information from the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ ground-breaking pesticide study and sets out safe lawn care alternatives.

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. What are you doing to benefit and better Earth?

Manitoba marks Earth Day when Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh outlined proposals today that would protect children and reduce their exposure to potentially harmful synthetic chemical pesticides.

  • The proposed legislation would not ban pesticides, but it would require the use of lower-risk pesticides used for weed removal on lawns.
  • Under the legislation, only federally approved bio-pesticides or low-risk products would be allowed for use on:

    * lawns;

    * adjoining sidewalks and patios;

    * school grounds, playgrounds and playing fields; and

    * health-care institutions and child-care centre grounds.

  • The use of pesticides in agriculture and forestry would not be affected by this proposed legislation and there would also be exemptions for certain practices and conditions such as:

    Read more of Earth Day: Manitoba Introduces Legislation in Canada to Protect Children from Lawn Pesticides

This video presents “Measles outbreak.”

  • There’s a serious spike in the number of measles cases in Canada. How worried should we be?

Please click here to read Measles Outbreak in Fraser Health Region: B.C. Ministry of Health Provided Update:

Above, BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC's) electron microscope image of measles virus. (In reality the measles virus is not purple; the purple colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC’s) electron microscope image of measles virus. (In reality the measles virus is not purple; the purple colour is added as visual aid.)

NEWS RELEASE

Manitoba, Canada

April 18, 2014

PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE:
ADDITIONAL AREAS OF POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO MEASLES REPORTED IN MANITOBA

Public health officials are updating possible areas of exposure to measles in Manitoba following two additional cases reported yesterday.

This update is being sent as a precautionary warning for those who may have been in contact with the individuals who are ill.

People who were at the following locations should be aware of the possibility of exposure:

Read more of Manitoba Measles Update: Possible Areas of Exposure to Measles

Above, CFIA's Electron Microscope Image of Salmonella bacteria. (In reality Salmonella is not pink; the pink colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, CFIA’s Electron Microscope Image of Salmonella bacteria. (In reality Salmonella is not pink; the pink colour is added as visual aid.)

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Additional product information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation. The third list below includes the following recalled products:

Read more of Health Hazard Update: Third List of Recalled Organic Black Peppercorns