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article imageCity of Toronto opens cooling stations to beat the heat Special

By KJ Mullins     May 27, 2010 in Health
Toronto - Toronto is in the midst of a heat wave. With the hot temperatures the city has opened up cooling stations throughout the city to offer residents relief.
At Metro Hall there is a cooling station that is manned 24 hours a day. The station does not allow video or photos nor are reporters allowed to talk to the staff.
The staff answered a few questions about the station without giving their names.
The staff is trained for medical emergencies. They are paid by the government but couldn't say if it is the province or the city. The station is operated by Change Toronto.
One of the workers said that seniors and those who are ill are most at risk during heat waves. Two of the signs of heat-related illness are confusion and a lack of sweating. The worker said that they haven't been busy this morning but expected more traffic later in the day.
The locations of the other cooling stations are: East York Civic Centre, McGergor Park Community Centre, North York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Olympium, Driftwood Community Centre and Centennial Recreation Centre. Hours for all but Metro Hall are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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