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October 23, 2008
An Infectious Idea coming to the Archives
'An Infectious Idea: 125 Years of Public Health in Toronto' opens at the City of Toronto Archives on October 30.

This new exhibit celebrates an important anniversary for Toronto Public Health, which has been providing health-related services to the people of Toronto since the first medical officer of health was appointed in 1883. The exhibit presents a selection of photographs from the Archives’ holdings, with an emphasis on images from circa 1900 to the 1950s. It explores themes such as public health services for children and seniors, the struggle for clean water and air, the development of public health nursing and housing and social services.

The exhibit also includes excerpts from Department of Public Health reports and log books, which provide an insight into the work of health care professionals, and their efforts to promote a healthy life for all Torontonians. An educational outreach program for grade eight students will promote school visits to this exhibit, with learning material on-site for the students.

'An Infectious Idea' will continue through 2009. Admission is free. The City of Toronto Archives is located at 255 Spadina Rd. The exhibit hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays (October to April) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 416-397-5000 or visit

The Archives acknowledges and thanks Toronto Public Health for its generous support throughout the development of this exhibit.

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. In the past three years, 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.

Media contacts:
Karen Teeple, City Archivist, 416-397-7393,
Manda Vranic, Archivist, 416-397-0048,



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