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October 7th is International Walk to School Day! Walk to School Day involves students from over 40 countries walking, biking or wheeling to and from school on the same day.

To celebrate, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School Committee encourages students to walk, bike or wheel to and from school, take a picture and post it on Twitter or Instagram with #walktoschoolday & a hashtag for your city or town (for example, #Guelph, #Orangeville). All posts will be entered to win one of five gift cards!

View the contest rules and regulations

Walk to School Day poster


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Our offices and clinics will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labour Day holiday. Regular services resume Tuesday, September 8.

A workshop of interest to healthcare workers and infection control practitioners (ICPs). Infection Connection will provide useful information on infection control challenges.

Topics include:

  • Managing TB Exposures in the Healthcare Setting (Dr. Matthew Muller, PhD, MD)
  • Safe Injection Practices (Dr. Maureen Cividino, MD, CCFP, FCFP, DOHS, CCBOM, CIC)
  • Hepatitis C Management (Tracy Hobson, RN, BScN, BScHK)
  • Fecal Transplant for Relapsing C. difficile (Dr. Michael Silverman, MD, FRCP, FACP)
  • Managing Microbes for Health (Emma Allen-Vercoe, BSc (Hons), PhD)
  • Urinary Tract Infections (Anne Augustin, MLT, CIC)
  • Updates from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (Diane Wallace, MSc, MSc, MLT, CIC) and Public Health Ontario (WWICN and CWICN Network Coordinator)

Download the full agenda (PDF, 1 page).

Workshop details

  • Date and time: Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 9 a.m. –  3:30 p.m.  (Registration, networking, and continental breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m.)
  • Fee: $50
  • Lakeside Church, 7654 Conservation Road, Guelph, ON  N1H 6J1
  • Please register by Friday, September 18, 2015

Download the registration form (PDF, 2 pages)

Environment Canada is forecasting high heat this weekend and may issue a heat warning for Sunday and Monday. Environment Canada issues heat warnings when forecasted temperatures are expected to be at least 31ᵒC and overnight temperatures are above 20ᵒC for two days or the humidex is at least 40 for two days.

To monitor this forecast, check your local weather daily:

It’s important to have a plan to stay cool on these hot days. Listed below are some things to consider in your plan:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Reschedule outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day
  • Check on older family, friends, and neighbours
  • Block sun out by closing awnings, curtains, and blinds during the day
  • Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place (like a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air conditioned shopping mall, grocery store, community centre, place of worship, or public library)

There are some simple steps you can take to help you prepare for heat all summer long:

  • Tune in regularly to local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
  • Arrange for regular visits by family, neighbours or friends during very hot days in case you need help.
  • Find ways to keep cool before the hot weather starts. If you have an air conditioner, make sure it works properly. Find an air-conditioned spot close by where you can cool off for a few hours on very hot days.
  • Have cool drinks in your vehicle and keep your gas tank topped up.

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