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June 18, 2001
Media Advisory: Toronto Public Health launches new heat alert system
Toronto Public Health -- The Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sheela Basrur, will
launch a new Heat-Health Alert System tomorrow. This system has been developed
for Toronto using a scientific model based on the experience of large American
cities in extreme heat conditions.

Joining Dr. Basrur will be Dr. Scott Sheridan, a professor of Geography at Kent
State University, one of the developers of the new system, who will make a
detailed presentation to weather reporters and others at a workshop preceding
the media conference.

Dr. Sheridan will present the results of research showing that in an average
summer, more than 40 Toronto residents die from the effects of extreme heat.
The Heat-Health Alert System is designed to assist public health officials in
warning of the health risks associated with extremely hot weather and the
system contains triggers for declaring "heat alerts" and "heat emergencies."

Date: Tuesday, June 19

Times: Weather Workshop: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Press Conference: 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Place: Toronto Public Health, 277 Victoria Street, Room 502, 5th floor

(Victoria Street is one street east of Yonge Street. Toronto
Health is at the corner of Dundas East and Victoria. There is a
Second Cup on the ground floor of the building.)

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