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June 29, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert extended
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has extended yesterday’
s Extreme Heat Alert for today, June 29.

An Extreme Heat Alert is declared when there is a period of sustained,
excessively hot weather and the likelihood of weather-related mortality exceeds
90 per cent.

This the twelfth day a Heat Alert has been called since June 6, 2005. Seven of
these have been Extreme Heat Alerts. This is the second day of the current
Extreme Heat Alert.

During an Extreme Heat Alert four cooling centres are open for those needing
relief from the heat:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John Street (John and King)
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue (Coxwell and Mortimer)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnamthorpe and Hwy 427)
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street (Yonge and Sheppard)

Metro Hall will be open 24 hours while the three civic centres will operate
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Homeless shelters will allow people to stay inside
during the day to keep cool. Those in need of assistance during an Extreme Heat
Alert can call the Red Cross Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9
a.m. and 9 p.m.

The public is advised to “Beat the Heat” by taking these precautions:

  • drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
  • stay out of the blazing sun or heat
  • avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors
  • go to places that are air conditioned, including shopping malls and
  • never leave children and pets unattended

More than 1,100 community partners are on alert to monitor and assist
vulnerable populations such as elderly and homeless people and to distribute
bottled water to these populations.

For more information on Toronto’s Hot Weather Response Plan visit

Media contacts:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health

Peter Macintyre
Toronto Emergency Medical Services
416-370-9866 (pager)

Joanna King
Canadian Red Cross
416-480-0195, ext. 2253

For information about the cooling centres call:

Elaine Smyer
Emergency Planning
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
416-714-2730 (pager)



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