Everyone who talked to us urges common sense. Their emphasis is on prevention and considerate behaviour toward others. Despite the amazing amount of commentary from the media about this problem, our local pharmacists are much calmer. Lots of people have been calling their stores but, in fact, there has not been a surge of infections or problems in Cabbagetown. Today’s Newsletter gives you a summary of local sources for supplies and advice and we've also listed contact information at the City, Province of Ontario and federal government.
We have five pharmacies in Cabbagetown. Here’s a quick summary of the advice that they’ve given us today:
Contact info for these stores:
Main Drugs, 599 Parliament, (416) 960-1616
Rexall IDA, 572 Parliament, (416) 921-5700
Shoppers Drug Mart 467 Parliament, (416) 921-5139
Ultra Pharmacy 411 Parliament, (416) 323-0055
Parliament Pharmacy 402 Parliament, (416) 963-9733
Royal Home Hardware, 485 Parliament, (416) 924-3921
There are two ways to get the flu - from airborne infections carried by sneezes and coughs and from hands or hard surfaces like counters and door knobs.
The symptoms are the same as those for seasonal flu – fever, headaches, coughs, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, fatigue and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.
At this time, personal proactive measures like masks are not recommended.
So, use your common sense and be considerate.
If you get the symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Stay home if you’re sick.
If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose. If you don’t have a tissue, use your sleeve or arm rather than your hand to cover your face.
Whether you’re sick or not, wash your hands regularly in soap and hot water or with an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
For more information and regular updates from Toronto's Medical Officer of Health: http://www.toronto.ca/health/
You can also stay informed by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care:
Finally, here’s information from the Government of Canada for people who are traveling.
For a general list of travel advisories, click here:
For a detailed list, country by country, click here:
In other news...
This is an important reminder that we need your comments about our streetscape proposals for Parliament, Carlton and Gerrard. These ideas will guide both the BIA and the City of Toronto in our future decisions about the shape of the shopping areas. Please check the link and tell us your reactions: www.sunarts.ca
Don’t forget that Saturday is your date for Soup’s annual Mother’s Day craft sale. The artists at Soup will be offering cards, jewelry, silk screen clothing, pressed and preserved flowers and lots more. From 10 am to 5 pm at 6031/2 Parliament.
Three nice events are happening in Cabbagetown on the weekend.
For euchre players, there’s a tournament on Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario Street. Registration is $20. There are prizes for $75, $50 and $25. Call Robert Butler at 925-4363, ext 119.
The annual Forsythia Festival is always a landmark event in Cabbagetown. It happens on Sunday, from 10:30 am. It starts at Riverdale Park (Sumach & Winchester) at 10 am and the parade then goes to Wellesley Park (at the east end of Wellesley Street) at 10:30 am. In Wellesley Park, there are games, snacks, and lots of fun for your family. Don’t miss it.
The Hike for Hospice 2009 is another event on May 3 in Riverdale Park. You can take a 2k stroll through the park or a 5k walk in the Don Valley. If you bring fundraising pledges, registration is free; otherwise registration is $20. Enjoy lunch, games, face painting, musical entertainment and a free massage.