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April 6, 2009
Media Advisory - Summer of Sorrow: a public health lens on Toronto's history
As Toronto celebrates its 175th anniversary, the City Archives is exploring the lessons of city building through the lens of three public health storylines. The first in a series of panel discussions is “Summer of Sorrow: The Typhus Epidemic of 1847,” which offers a reflection on the Irish famine migration and the tragic events of the 1847 typhus outbreak.

Date: Tuesday, April 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd.

The panelists are Mark McGowan, author of “Death or Canada: The Irish Famine Migration to Toronto of 1847”; Craig Thompson, Executive Producer of the documentary film, “Death or Canada”; and Ron Williamson, Archaeological Services Inc. The moderator is Robert G. Kearns, Chairman of Ireland Park Foundation.

Admission to the series is free but pre-registration is requested for each panel. Call 416-392-0558 for reservations. More information is available at

The panel discussions are in support of the current Archives exhibit, An Infectious Idea: 125 Years of Public Health in Toronto. The series is presented by Toronto Archives in co-operation with Toronto Public Health and the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion.

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Karen Teeple, City Archivist, 416-397-7393,
Charmaine Lindsay, Supervisor, Exhibit and Outreach, 416-392-6748,



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