Cavalcade of Lights event at Nathan Phillips Square to kick off Toronto’s holiday season on November 25

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November 14, 2017

Cavalcade of Lights event at Nathan Phillips Square to kick off Toronto's holiday season on November 25

On Saturday, November 25 at 7 p.m., the 51st annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf will mark the official start of the holiday season in the city with the first lighting of Toronto's 18-metre (60-foot) Christmas tree, sponsored by Hudson's Bay, along with live performances, a skating party and a dazzling fireworks display.

"The Cavalcade of Lights is a 50-year Toronto tradition bringing families together to celebrate the start of the holiday season," said Mayor John Tory. "The event offers a fantastic lineup of performers, the lighting of the city's official Christmas tree, and a spectacular fireworks show. I invite everyone to join the festivities."

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Extreme Cold Alert Issued Thursday November 9, 2017

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November 9, 2017

Extreme Cold Weather Alert – seek shelter, check on loved ones

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto's Acting Medical Officer of Health, has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert today for Toronto that will be in effect until further notice. Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15 degrees Celsius or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 or colder. Today's alert has been issued in consideration of the sudden temperature change this early in the season and a projected wind chill of -18.

Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. Hypothermia occurs when the body's core temperature drops below 35 degrees C and can have severe consequences, including organ failure and death. Frostbite can also occur in cold weather when skin freezes and in severe cases can lead to amputation when deeper tissues freeze.

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Toronto opens permanent supervised injection services

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November 8, 2017

Toronto opens permanent supervised injection services

Toronto Public Health (TPH) today officially opens its doors to the city's first permanent supervised injection service. Located inside The Works at 277 Victoria St., this life-saving health service provides a safe and hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of qualified staff.

"Drug overdose is a significant public health issue with devastating impacts for many," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. "Today marks an important milestone for our city towards addressing this very serious public health crisis affecting so many in our community."

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