Toronto Public Health’s free flu vaccine clinics begin today

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October 27, 2017

Toronto Public Health's free flu vaccine clinics begin today

Toronto residents can reduce their risk of getting sick with the flu by attending one of Toronto Public Health's free flu vaccine clinics offered from October 27 to November 17 at five locations across the city. The flu vaccine is also available in doctors' offices and at more than 600 Toronto pharmacies.

"The flu season runs from late fall to early spring and affects thousands of Torontonians each year,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. "Making sure you get your annual flu vaccine is the best and most effective way to protect yourself and others. Getting the vaccine reduces your risk of getting the flu, and is especially important for those who are most vulnerable to the effects of getting sick."

Representatives from about 35 City divisions will be on hand to share information about the wide range of careers in Toronto's municipal government. Speakers will provide tips on applying for City job opportunities.

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City of Toronto announces expansion of winter services, increasing number of sites, total capacity and days of 24-hour service

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October 27, 2017

City of Toronto announces expansion of winter services, increasing number of sites, total capacity and days of 24-hour service

Paul Raftis, General Manager of the City of Toronto's Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, today announced details about an expanded suite of services available this winter to assist residents who are experiencing homelessness.

"It's not enough to be providing more shelter services per capita than any other Canadian city," Raftis said. "Our shelters are very busy and staff are working full-time on opening new shelters to address increases in demand before the end of the year, into 2018, and beyond. In the meantime, we are increasing the number of sites providing 24/7 winter respite services and tripling the days of continuous service availability."

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Pumpkin parades will light up Toronto parks on November 1

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October 27, 2017

Pumpkin parades will light up Toronto parks on November 1

Next Wednesday, 47 parks across Toronto will emit an orange glow as local residents bid a final farewell to their jack-o'-lanterns with community Pumpkin Parades.

The first pumpkin parade was organized in Sorauren Park in 2004.The parades have since become a Toronto tradition and are now hosted in parks across the city from Birchcrest Park in Scarborough to Centennial Park in Etobicoke. This year's event includes 13 more parks than last year and the idea has spread to other cities including Montreal, New York and towns in the United Kingdom.

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City of Toronto holding annual career information event at Toronto Reference Library tomorrow

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October 25, 2017

City of Toronto holding annual career information event at Toronto Reference Library tomorrow

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library are hosting the sixth annual Career Information Event at the Toronto Reference Library tomorrow (October 26) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is part of Workforce Development Month.

Representatives from about 35 City divisions will be on hand to share information about the wide range of careers in Toronto's municipal government. Speakers will provide tips on applying for City job opportunities.

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Free admission to Toronto history museums today through November

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October 24, 2017

Free admission to Toronto history museums today through November

From today to November 30, general admission to nine of the City's historic museums will be free courtesy of Mackenzie Investments in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

"I would like to thank Mackenzie Investments for providing this unique opportunity for the public to experience Toronto's history," said Mayor John Tory. "This generous donation will help residents and visitors learn about and engage with the city's past at our historic sites. It is another example of how partnerships can help enhance Toronto's programs and help us build a better city."

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City of Toronto reminds all road users to take extra care on roads in residential neighbourhoods

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October 23, 2017

City of Toronto reminds all road users to take extra care on roads in residential neighbourhoods

The City of Toronto is reminding all road users – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers – to be more aware of each other, especially as we enter a season when daylight hours are greatly reduced.

To help remind the public to slow down and to be aware, the City of Toronto has produced two new Please Slow Down lawn signs that remind road users to drive carefully as they travel in local neighbourhoods with older adults (orange sign) and school children (blue sign). The new signs include graphics of older adults walking and two children playing. The public can help spread this safety message by picking up signs at their local councillor’s office and displaying them in their neighbourhoods.

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