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June 10, 2005
Cool off at a Toronto Beach
  
With the recent spell of hot weather and warm temperatures expected to continue
throughout the weekend, this is a great time to cool off at one of Toronto’s
beaches.

Here are the beaches that are open and safe for swimming:

  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Hanlan’s Point Beach
  • Centre Island Beach
  • Ward’s Island Beach
  • Clarke (Cherry) Beach
  • Woodbine Beaches
  • Kew-Balmy Beach

    "We’re very pleased with the results and we encourage everyone to get out there
    and enjoy the city’s beaches," said Michael A. Price, General Manager, Toronto
    Water. "The E.coli levels at the beaches become elevated after significant
    rainfall, so it stands to reason that if the weather holds out, we’ll have good
    swimming conditions at our beaches."

    Samples are taken daily at all of the City’s beaches. The Provincial Health Lab
    analyzes the samples and results are reviewed by Toronto Public Health. If
    E.coli bacteria levels exceed 100 E.coli per 100 milliliters of water, signs
    warning against swimming will be posted. Posted signs are not removed from an
    affected beach, until Public Health receives readings under the 100-mark.

    "Swimming in waters that are posted unsafe can cause ear, nose and throat
    infections, stomach upsets, skin rashes and diarrhea," said Mahesh Patel,
    Acting Manager, Healthy Environments, Toronto Public Health. "Young children,
    the elderly and those who are chronically ill or have weakened immune systems
    may be more susceptible to infection from swimming in contaminated water,"
    added Patel.

    To check the latest results before heading to the beach, call the City’s Beach
    Water Quality Hotline at 416-392-7161 or visit: www.toronto.ca/beach.

    Already at the beach? Toronto’s lifeguards are a great resource and even have
    sign boards and flags at every swimming area that show the daily water
    conditions, water temperature and UV levels.

    Here’s a few things to keep in mind when you’re out in the sun. Use sunscreen,
    wear sunglasses, cover up (wear long sleeves and a hat with a wide brim),
    reduce the time you spend in the sun, especially between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
    drink lots of water.


    Media contacts:

    Steve Johnston
    Sr. Communications Coordinator
    Support Services
    416-392-4391

    Frank Giorno
    Media Relations Coordinator
    Public Health
    416-338-7974



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