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

Ontario Open Data

Ontario Open Data

The Ontario government has a lot of useful data, and they want to share it with you.

They need you to tell them what you’d like to see made public because they are “hoping to unleash a new generation of winning ideas, services and applications.”

  • The global firm McKinsey & Company estimates that open data can help generate more than $3 trillion a year in key sectors of the global economy.

Now you can vote on the data you want to see made public.

  • Your feedback helps them open the data that matters most to you.

Please click here to vote, check back to vote on new additions as well as obtain more details about the data sets.

NEWS RELEASE

Engaging the Public on Open Data

Ontario the First Province in Canada to Create Data Inventory for Public Input

April 14, 2014 2:30 p.m.
Ministry of Government Services

As part of its Open Government initiative, Ontario is launching an online inventory of government data sets for the public to vote on.

The provincial government collects and generates vast amounts of data on topics like traffic, student achievement and healthcare wait times. This new voting tool will:

Read more of Ontario + Open Data: Vote on the Data You Want to See Made Public for Canadians

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 the previous blog, Health Hazard Alert: Various Organic Black Peppercorns Recalled.

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

  • Organic Connections Ltd. is recalling Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.
    • Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.
Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Pusateri’s Fine Foods Organic Whole Black Peppercorns 245 g Lot # 040203-002 6 28240 51655 8

Here are the other details regarding Organic Connections Ltd.’s recall.

Read more of Second List of Recalled Organic Whole Black Peppercorns

The Chip Truck. Photo: City of Toronto

The Chip Truck. Photo: City of Toronto

Toronto Animal Services

Presents

The Chip Truck

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Apr 13, 11 am to 2 pm, Pet Valu, Albion Mall, 1530 ALBION RD
May 31, 10 am to 2pm, Slobberfest, 1 LEUTY AVE
June 1, 12 to 3 pm, Pawsway Rescue Me Weekend, 245 QUEENS QUAY W
Oct. 4, 11am to 2pm, Galleria Shopping Centre in front of Pet Valu, 1245 DUPONT ST

Registered microchips give owners the best chance of finding their pet if it runs away or gets lost – a unique identifier number linked directly to the owner appears when the microchip is scanned. As a low-cost, mobile microchip clinic for dogs and cat owners, the Chip Truck offers the following services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Read more of Toronto Animal Services’ Chip Truck: Microchips for Your Pets Apr.13, May 31, June 1, Oct. 4, 2014

Photo: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Photo: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Leafy greens usually have crisp green leaves and stalks, and should be eaten raw or lightly cooked to preserve the nutrients.

Popular types of leafy greens include:

  • lettuce
  • arugula
  • bok choy
  • spinach

Because leafy greens are often eaten raw, they can be a source of food poisoning.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released the results of a survey (starting from 2008/2009) of 4,250 domestic and imported, whole and fresh-cut fresh leafy vegetable samples in the Canadian market for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O157:NM, generic E. coli, and Listeria monocytogenes.

  • The 2009/2010 study deemed 12 samples to be “unsatisfactory” due to the presence of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and/or high levels of generic E. coli.
    • None of the samples were found to be positive for E. coli O157:H7 or E. coli O157:NM.
    • All unsatisfactory samples were subject to food safety investigations and further directed sampling.
      • As a result of this survey, two products were recalled.
      • No illnesses were associated with consumption of any of the products.
  • The recent, overall finding of this survey is that more than 99.9 per cent of leafy green vegetable samples had no detectable levels of bacterial pathogens and were safe to consume.
    • Therefore, the vast majority of leafy green vegetables in the Canadian market are produced and handled under good agricultural and manufacturing practices.
    • However, vegetable contamination with E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella could sporadically occur.

During the five-year plan, over 10,000 leafy vegetable samples have been collected and tested for the presence of pathogens.

  • Further results will be released as lab tests are analyzed.

Consumers should follow these safety tips when choosing to purchase and consume leafy green vegetables at Healthy Canadians.

NEWS RELEASE

Over 99.9% of fresh leafy green vegetables tested had no detectable pathogens

CFIA tests over 4,000 samples

April 11, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a survey released today found that more than 99.9 per cent of leafy green vegetable samples had no detectable levels of bacterial pathogens and were safe to consume.

As part of a five-year microbiological plan that began in 2008/2009, the CFIA analyzed a total of 4,250 domestic and imported, whole and fresh-cut fresh leafy vegetable samples available in the Canadian market for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O157:NM and generic E. coli. The fresh-cut samples were also tested for Listeria monocytogenes.

Read more of CFIA Survey: Over 99.9% of Leafy Green Vegetables in the Canadian Market Had No Detectable Pathogens

This video presents “Mayor’s Trophy – Cricket 2011 Sunnybrook Park Toronto.”

CIBC Trophy – Mayor’s School Cricket Launch

Thursday, April 10

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Remarks: 10:30 a.m.

Cabbagetown Youth Centre, 2 Lancaster Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 9 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, will launch the CIBC Trophy/Mayor’s School Cricket 2014 Tournament in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and recognize last year’s winning teams.
    • The 2014 tournament in Toronto will be held May 12 to 16 at Eglinton Flats Park, G. Ross Lord Park and Sunnybrook Park.
    • Divisional championships will also be held in Mississauga, Brampton and Markham from May 12-28, 2014.
    • The GTA (Greater Toronto Area) School Cricket finals will be at Brampton Soccer Centre (1495 Sandalwood Parkway East, Brampton, Ontario) on May 31, which will have the following itinerary:
      • Welcome/Opening Ceremony/speeches: 9.00 am – 9.30 am
      • Games begin: 9.30 am
      • Closing ceremony: Awards presentation: 5.30 pm.