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May 4, 2009
Spanish Flu in Ontario: Lessons from the 1918 pandemic
As Toronto celebrates its 175th anniversary, the City of Toronto Archives is exploring our rich history through the lens of key public health stories. The third and final in a series of panel discussions is “Spanish Flu in Ontario: Lessons from the 1918 Pandemic.” This timely topic will be explored by three expert presenters who will reflect on the lessons we can and should learn from 1918 as we respond to the current influenza outbreak.

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

The panelists are Dr. Brian Schwartz, Director of Emergency Management Support at the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP), and Heather MacDougall, historian and author of “Activists and Advocates, Toronto’s Health Department, 1883-1983.” Panel moderator is Dr. Vivek Goel, President and CEO of OAHPP.

Admission to the series is free, but seating is limited to 120.

For pre-registration, please call 416-392-0558. 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.

The City of Toronto Archives is a program of the City Clerk's Office.

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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