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June 20, 2016
Cooling centres open in Toronto until 7 p.m. to help residents keep cool during today's hot weather
As the hot weather in Toronto continues, cooling centres are open at the following seven locations across the city today until 7 p.m.:

• Metro Hall – 55 John St.
• East York Civic Centre – 850 Coxwell Ave.
• North York Civic Centre – 5100 Yonge St.
• Driftwood Community Centre – 4401 Jane St.
• Etobicoke Civic Centre – 399 The West Mall
• McGregor Community Centre – 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
• Centennial Park Community Centre – 1967 Ellesmere Rd.

In addition to these locations, residents can seek relief from the heat in air-conditioned shopping malls, local libraries and neighbourhood community centres. Toronto Public Health also advises that residents take the following precautions during this heat event:

• Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
• Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls or one of many local libraries or community centres located in each neighbourhood.
• Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
• Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, when outdoors, wear a
wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.
• Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car.

Toronto Public Health also encourages members of the public 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 make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Other groups at risk include people with chronic illnesses, individuals with limited mobility or certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications, and those who are homeless.

More information is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Keisha Mair
Toronto Public Health



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