2018 report indicates low-income families in Durham Region continue to struggle to buy nutritious food
Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 02:30 AM
Whitby, Ontario - Durham Region Health Department’s 2018 Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) report shows that the cost of a basic healthy diet for a family of four in Durham Region is calculated to be $853 per month or $197 per week. This represents a 15 per cent increase in food costs over the past five years.
The NFB survey is conducted annually in Durham Region to monitor food affordability. In combination with local housing costs, public health examines the NFB to determine the accessibility of...
Durham Region reminds residents to protect waste collection workers; keep needles and glass out of the garbage
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 09:45 AM
Whitby, Ontario – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to remind residents to keep the health and safety of waste collection operators in mind when they set out their waste for curbside collection.
Waste collection operators can be severely injured when collecting a garbage bag containing large pieces of broken glass, broken porcelain or hypodermic needles. For the protection of the operators, all waste set out for collection must be in compliance with the Region’s Waste...
Water samples results indicate presence of blue-green algae in Frenchman’s Bay Pickering area
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 03:00 AM
Whitby, Ontario - Durham Region Health Department was advised by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) of the presence of a blue-green algal bloom in small area of the southwest portion of Frenchman’s Bay, near Sunrise Ave., in Pickering. Laboratory test results were received from the MECP on Oct. 11. A water quality advisory sign will be posted in the area to ensure that the public is aware of the presence of blue-green algae in the water.
“Blue-green algae are microscopic,...
The Regional Municipality of Durham expands work with community partners to help the homeless
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:30 AM
Whitby, Ontario – As the cold weather approaches, The Regional Municipality of Durham continues to work with its community partners to help ensure those who are most vulnerable, primarily the homeless population in Durham, take the appropriate precautions and find an emergency shelter. The Region has also made enhancements to available programs and services for the homeless.
In the spring, the Region combined a Point in Time Count with a Registry Week to provide a profile and better understand homelessness...
Lane restrictions on Westney Road in Ajax
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 09:15 AM
Whitby, Ontario – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to advise residents of lane restrictions on Westney Road (Regional Road 31) in the Town of Ajax.
When: October 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unfavourable weather conditions may influence the work schedule.
Where: Westney Road, from Ritchie Avenue to Kingston Road (Durham Highway 2), in the Town of Ajax.
Why: Paving work.
Note: The Region realizes that the work may be disruptive, and will make every effort to complete the work...