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July 5, 2010
City of Toronto experiencing power outage
The City of Toronto is currently experiencing a power outage in part of the City from Yonge Street extending to the West end of the City. The City is assessing the impact of the provincially run power supplier's outage on services to residents and will issue updates as necessary.

In the meantime, residents who are looking to access City services in areas affected by the power outage may wish to call the facility to make sure it is open.

The Medical Officer of Health issued an extreme Heat Alert this morning. The extreme heat alert, combined with the current power outage, can have serious health consequences for some individuals, especially isolated adults, seniors, infants and people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses. Extreme heat is also a health risk to people taking certain medications, such as those for mental health issues that may impact their ability to cope with extreme heat. Toronto Public Health is urging people to check on neighbours, friends and family members who may be at risk. Some of the symptoms of heat-related illness include: rapid breathing, weakness or fainting, more tiredness than usual, headache or confusion. If you become ill, faint, have difficulty breathing or feel confused or disoriented, call your doctor or go to your nearest hospital right away. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

In addition to using air conditioned shopping malls and neighbourhood community centres as places to cool off, the following Cooling Centres are open this evening, until further notice and have not been affected by the power outage:

- Castleview Wychwood Towers – 351 Christie St. (specifically for the elderly and people with mobility issues)
- East York Civic Centre – 850 Coxwell Ave.
- North York Civic Centre – 5100 Yonge St.
- Driftwood Community Centre – 4401 Jane St.
- Etobicoke Olympium – 590 Rathburn Rd.
- McGregor Community Centre – 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
- Centennial Park Community Centre – 1967 Ellesmere Rd.

Water and snacks are available at the Cooling Centres. Those in need of assistance may call the Red Cross Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615.

Additional information on ways to help people cool off is available at:

Safety tips during a power outage

- Turn off all tools, appliances and electrical equipment including tools and computers so that when power is restored there is no heavy load on the electric system.
- Use proper candleholders, never leave candles unattended and keep away from combustible materials.
- Use caution when traveling because traffic lights may not operate.
- Don’t open your fridge or freezer unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Without power, a full upright or chest freezer will keep everything frozen for about 2 days.
- Without power, your refrigerator should keep food cool for 4-6 hours.
- Discard any thawed food that has been at room temperature for 2 hours or more.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications 416-919-6500,



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