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Toronto Flood & Power Outage Updates + Services Alerts: July 10, 2013

This video presents “Power outages, flooding make commuting a nightmare in downtown Toronto.”

  • A massive power outage in downtown Toronto on Monday evening was accompanied by flooding following intense rain, making the commute home difficult for many in the downtown core.

This is an update to my previous blogs:

TTC service update for morning of July 10

Recent Update (at 11:55 am, July 10, 2013): Full TTC subway service resumes on Bloor-Danforth line because full electrical power was delivered there and the Toronto Transit Commission has restored full subway service to Kipling Station on the Bloor-Danforth line.

  • Subway service on the Bloor-Danforth line between Jane and Kipling stations will remain suspended for Wenesday morning’s rush hour.
  • The Toronto Transit Commission is awaiting the restoration of power in the city’s west end.
    • Once that occurs, the TTC will restore full subway service to Kipling Station.
  • In the meantime, the TTC will continue to operate approximately 70 shuttle buses along the line to get people to their destinations.
  • Follow @TTCNotices or subscribe to TTC e-alerts at for the latest TTC service advisories.
    • Elevator Alert: Finch Station, mezzanine to kiss and ride, out of service. (Last updated Jul 9, 12:41 PM)

July 9 – Afternoon update on City of Toronto services after intense rainfall of July 8

  • City of Toronto crews and the City’s Emergency Operations Centre continue to work closely with Toronto Hydro and the TTC to manage the impacts of the intense rainfall of July 8 and to restore service levels as quickly as possible.
  • Toronto electricity consumers are asked to reduce their electricity use today where possible to help relieve the strain on the system.
    • Energy conservation tips include:
      • Turning off all non-essential internal and external lights.
      • Setting air conditioners to at least 25°C.
      • Using fans as an alternative to air conditioners and closing curtains/blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside.
      • Limiting the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps.
    • For more tips on conserving energy, visit
    • Call Toronto Hydro-Electric System’s Lights Out number at 416-542-8000 to report a power outage in areas other than those already being addressed.
  • The Red Cross is also working with the City and is conducting wellness checks at Toronto Community Housing buildings and seniors’ residences in the area affected by prolonged power outages.
    • The Red Cross is providing information and general messaging on food safety and what to do during an outage.
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Please Prevent Infant Botulism by NEVER FEEDING HONEY to Children Under One Year of Age

Please never feed honey to children under one year old because honey is the only food in Canada linked to infant botulism, a serious disease. This includes never adding honey to baby food and never using honey on a soother.

Infant botulism is caused by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which can’t grow or make toxins in honey, but if an infant swallows honey, the spores in the bacteria may grow and produce toxins in the baby’s body and could cause paralysis.

“Bees may pick up the botulism spores from flowers or soil and the spores are not destroyed in the processing of honey. After the age of one, children’s intestinal bacteria successfully prevent growth of C. botulinum.”

Please click here for Public Health Agency of Canada’s page on Botulism.

The bacteria is not destroyed by cooking.

Furthermore, you cannot detect this bacteria and its toxin because they are microscopic and do not change the colour, odour or taste of food.

There have been 38 reported cases of infant botulism in Canada between 1979 and 2010.

If your infant does ingest honey, immediately contact your doctor if your child shows any of these symptoms:

  • Is too weak to cry or suck as usual;
  • Does not have bowel movements and has weak muscles;
  • Has a wobbly head because the neck is weak;
  • Lacks facial expression;
  • Has weak arms and legs;
  • Has trouble breathing, or
  • Is not able to swallow.

Please click here for “Food Safety Facts on Botulism.”

Please Prevent Infant Botulism by NEVER FEEDING HONEY to Children Under One Year of Age
Please Prevent Infant Botulism by NEVER FEEDING HONEY to Children Under One Year of Age

Creative Commons License photo credit: bichxa

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Update: Information on Radiation Levels in Japan and the Extent of Impact

By dfait.maeci: Canada's response to the earthquake in Japan | Réponse du Canada au séisme au Japon
By dfait.maeci: Canada's response to the earthquake in Japan | Réponse du Canada au séisme au Japon

This morning, I just received more up-to-date info about the radiation levels in Japan and the extent of  impact on food and people in other countries.

Here is a brief summary of this info.

  • “Potassium iodide (KI) is only needed when there is a large amount of radioactive iodine in the environment.
  • At this time, the Government of Canada does not advise using the medication (KI).
  • KI will be available from local health authorities in Japan if the need arises.
  • Information currently available indicates that there is no significant risk from radioactive contamination in the Japanese food supply.
  • No agricultural products are being shipped from the affected areas near Fukushima.
  • As an extra precaution, Canadians in Japan are encouraged, for the time being, to be diligent in choosing foods produced and manufactured in other regions less impacted by the current disaster.
  • Reuters reported about 2 hours ago that according to Japan’s deputy chief cabinet secretary, Fukushima reactors are showing some improvement but the situation remains uncertain.
  • Reuters reported that the health ministry of Japan “also said in a statement that radiation levels exceeded safety standards in Fukushima and nearby Ibaraki prefecture. It said it had prohibited the sale of raw milk from Fukushima prefecture.”
  • AFP reported that “authorities in Taiwan checking food imports for radiation on Sunday found a shipment of fava beans from southern Japan had been very slightly contaminated. It is the first report of contaminated food being found outside Japan since the crisis at a nuclear power plant. The beans will be destroyed.”
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Dinesafe Deserves a Celebratory Salute for 10 Years of Restaurant Inspection

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

January 24, 2011

DineSafe restaurant inspection program celebrates 10th birthday

Ten years ago this month, Toronto became the first municipality in Ontario to require restaurants to publicly display the results of their most recent restaurant inspection.

DineSafe is Toronto Public Health’s Food Premises Inspection and Disclosure system. Under this program, restaurants post colour-coded inspection results at the front entrances of restaurants and results are also posted on a searchable website. The DineSafe website now lists 14,755 food establishments, and diners can easily and quickly check the inspection status of any location on the site.