Conferences

Toronto may have new SARS cluster

Jen Young noticed Toronto may have new SARS cluster, CNN Says Health authorities closed a hospital outside Toronto to new patients because of a possible fresh cluster of SARS cases, while Taiwan on Tuesday reported a half-dozen more cases of the disease. [The Globe And Mail Story]
While The CBC Reports North Carolina is reporting its first case of SARS, and state health officials say the man contracted the disease in Toronto.
Meanwhile, Robin noted Today\'s PW Newsline says ALA is watching with
what they say is \"some groaning as exhibitors continue to back out
of its show. Brodart has already confirmed it won\'t be attending, Baker
& Taylor announced late Friday it would also not be sending anyone, and
other firms continue to send minimal delegations.\" inmybook.com still plans on attending!

'The Sponge' one reason to cross the border

In 1995, millions of American women lost a fairly reliable, easy-to-use, and affordable (depending on how active you are) form of birth control when Robbins Healthcare stopped selling the Today Sponge. The demise of the sponge was even memorialized in a Seinfeld episode in which Elaine stockpiles boxes and boxes of the contraceptive.
A collective hurrah went up when Allendale Pharmaceuticals started up production of the sponge again in early 2003. While the U.S. awaits FDA reapproval, the sponge is available, over-the-counter, to our Canadian sisters. It is also available online to non-Canadian consumers, but with vendors cancelling and cutting back, you'll have to fill your carry-on with something for the colleagues besides bubble pens and notepads. This year, tell the colleagues to expect drug-store themed goodies, featuring SARS masks, disposable thermometers, and the sponge.

Two major vendors, attendees back out of conference

Library Journal reports here that despite fairly good Toronto/SARS news today, two major vendors, Baker & Taylor and Brodart, announced their decisions to pull out of the conference. Overall registrations are also down, with about 9,800 as of last Friday, compared to 10,200 for last year at the same time. Approximately 12% of this year's registrants are Canadian.

T.O. 'no threat', Dodges 2nd WHO travel advisory

The Toronto Sun says Toronto will remain under the World Health Organization's microscope but will not be hit with another SARS travel advisory for now, the agency decided yesterday. "It was determined the Toronto situation wasn't a threat to international health," WHO spokesman Maria Cheng said.

Toronto escaped an advisory despite surpassing the number of active SARS cases that could trigger the warning, she said.

Toronto Triples Its SARS Tally to 33 Probable Victims

Jen Young shares Bad News From The NYTimes that says the number of people they considered infected by a second outbreak of SARS in Toronto had tripled in the last 24 hours, although some officials expressed optimism that the new cluster of cases had reached its peak.
The Ontario Ministry of Health has daily updates. The Globe And Mail reports Toronto may have managed to put a lid on the newest outbreak of SARS, stopping the disease before it was able to spread its tentacles far into the community.

Hay Festival

Someone writes "It's Time For The Hay Festival The Festival was started in 1988 by a small group of local people led by Norman and Peter Florence. Their theatre company had toured the world for the British Council and played lots of Festivals, and they thought - Festivals are wonderful, let's have one at home. The idea of focussing on literature and ideas evolved out of the desire to make the Festival as much about participation as possible. Lots of good stuff This Year.
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WHO wants more SARS information from Toronto

Gary Price writes "A link from the ALA homepage
states, " Travel Alert Removed: Toronto, Ontario, Canada"

however, in the past hour or so the CDC has "Reinstated" the travel alert.
Details here
Here.

As of today, The Globe & Mail reports , Officials of the World Health Organization and Health Canada held a hastily called teleconference on Saturday after the Geneva-based organization demanded additional information about a new cluster of at least 33 possible SARS cases in the city.
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ALA to stay in Toronto

Here's the good word, folks. Get yer passport and make those reservations.

Jury still out on Toronto Conference

Don\'t pack those bags yet! The latest scoop from ALA is that the Executive Board needs more time to review the available data before making a final decision about the joint ALA/CLA conference. Further discussion is scheduled for FRIDAY.

WHO lifts travel warning on Toronto

Fred D. writes "The WHO lifted its warning against non-essential travel to Toronto today, though it still considers the city an "affected area". The NYT has the story (free registration required) at The NYTimes "

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