Weekend events with road closure in Toronto

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November 16, 2017

Weekend events with road closure in Toronto

Several special events in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents and visitors.

In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

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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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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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Halloween safety tips from Toronto firefighters and paramedics

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October 30, 2017

Halloween safety tips from Toronto firefighters and paramedics

Toronto Paramedic Services and Toronto Fire Services remind everyone to stay safe while having fun this Halloween. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to review the following tips for children's safety before their Halloween trick-or-treat activities.

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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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