An update from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the sampling at the confluence of the Driftwood Rivers and the Black Rivers has indicated that microcystins, the toxin produced by blue-green algae, were present but did not exceed the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards or Health Canada’s recreational water guideline. However, when algae blooms are visible in waters the Porcupine Health Unit encourages residents to follow these precautions.
The town of Hornepayne has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) effective September 29, 2016.
The advisory affects the residents of Hornepayne. Residents affected are required to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to use or use bottled water.
See our Boil Water Advisory page for tips on using water safely during a BWA.
The Porcupine Health Unit will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 10, 2016.
As of September 15, 2016, the Province of Ontario will offer the shingles vaccine free of charge to seniors between the ages of 65 and 70 as part of its publicly funded immunization program. Find out more about shingles and the vaccine.
Getting back into the routine of having your kids in school and after-school activities can be a balancing act. Use these family friendly tips for a smooth transition into busy school life.
A boil water advisory is issued when harmful germs may be in a drinking water supply. Boiling water will kill the germs and make it safe to drink. Follow these general recommendations on how to use the water if a boil water advisory has been issued in your community.
Looking for information about sexual health? Got questions about birth control, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, or sex in general? Our sexual health team can provide you with the services and answers you need.
A parenting group that includes your infant for portions of shared experiences and learning. Share your experiences with other parents, and enjoy music circle and scrap-booking in each session.
Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.
Everyone who handles food must take care to ensure food is handled and prepared safely. Food safety is everyone's responsibility. The most effective method for preventing food-borne illnesses is food handler education.