Joe Fiorito

Bed bugs in Toronto public housing: the city does not have it together

April 13, 2010

When it comes to bed bugs, many folks have the idea that Toronto has its act together. Why?  Because it has a task force (the Toronto Bed Bug Project), initiatives like Bug and Scrub, a Public Health hotline (Toronto Health Connection 416-338-7600) where residents can call and report bed bugs so that a Public Health […]

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Bed bugs in Toronto public housing

March 31, 2010

Joe Fiorito has a new story in the Toronto Star today about Bill Huddlestone, who suffers from bed bugs in his Toronto Community Housing apartment on Lawrence at Morningside. To say Huddlestone has a persistent problem with bed bugs is an understatement: “They’ve sprayed 21 times in the past two years.” Okay, read that sentence […]

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Joe Fiorito on thermal, DDT, and public health

February 4, 2009

Joe Fiorito has an excellent new article today, and it represents a departure from many of his past bed bug stories, which focused on individual stories of life with bed bugs, often focusing on low-income and elderly tenants. This time, Fiorito reports on a presentation by Dr. Michael Potter, long one of our favorite entomologists, […]

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Toronto Star Editor-in-Chief retires

December 21, 2008

J. Fred Kuntz has been The Star’s Editor-in-Chief for 26 months and he writes in this article that he is retiring this week. How is this bed bug news? Easy: The Star has had the most persistent coverage of bed bugs in any single media publication (outside of a bed bug blog, or pest control […]

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Toronto landlord fights bed bugs, stays friends with tenants

November 26, 2008

Joe Fiorito has a great story today in The Star about a landlord (David Brown) and his super (Eric Marshall) and their battle with bed bugs, which started when Eric inspected a unit where the “walls were black and moving” with bed bugs (shudder): David said, “We found bedbugs in two units; this one, and […]

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Bed Bug Monday in Toronto: Joe Fiorito weighs in

November 17, 2008

In advance of today’s Bed Bug Project Update in Toronto, Joe Fiorito, the Toronto Star journalist who I am quite sure has written about bed bugs more than anyone else in the mainstream media, anywhere, weighs in. His questions and comments give a sense of how complicated a matter it is to solve a city’s […]

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Toronto Star: endless numbers of depressing bed bug stories

October 6, 2008

… but we can learn something from each and every one of them. Take this article from Joe Fiorito in the Toronto Star today. Fiorito describes a heavily infested building at 444 Lumsden, where the management provides two sprayings to treat for bed bugs in the homes of residents like Maxine Davidson. The property manager […]

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More Toronto bed bug stories from Joe Fiorito

September 15, 2008

Our favorite Canadian journalist is back on the bed bug trail. In this article, he shares the story of Marg, a single mother battling bed bugs and the ensuing mountains of laundry. She’s killed three vacuums since January. She said, “It started in January of ’08. I’d fall asleep on the couch and wake up […]

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After a fire, bed bugs “rain down from ceilings” into other apartments

March 14, 2008

If the Thai train infested with bed bugs does not have you thoroughly skeeved, Joe Fiorito has a new article today in the Toronto Star on 55 Bleecker, a Toronto Community Housing (public housing) building in Toronto, where tenants have meetings about bed bugs at 2 a.m. because they’re all up anyway. 2 a.m.! That’s […]

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Toronto Public Health now has a Bed Bug Action Committee. Action, people.

March 12, 2008

Joe Fiorito has another bed bug story in the Toronto Star today. He starts by describing pictures a public health official shows him from infestations he has encountered: Reg Ayre tapped his computer keyboard and up popped a photo of a polka dot pillow on a lonesome bed; not polka dots. “Those specks are blood,” […]

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Toronto Board of Health gearing up to fight bed bugs

March 10, 2008

A bit of background: Toronto has had a serious bed bug problem for some time, just like New York, London, San Francisco, Vancouver–I could go on and on, but you get the idea. The Toronto Star also has a journalist called Joe Fiorito who wrote extensively and repeatedly about how serious a problem bed bugs […]

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Reg Ayre of Toronto Public Health: bed bugs a “health concern,” not a “health hazard”

January 15, 2008

In some cities, the housing department inspects for bed bugs. In others, it’s public health. Toronto Public Health apparently has jurisdiction over inspections for bed bugs in the city. Joe Fiorito of Toronto’s The Star spoke with Reg Ayre of Toronto Public Health about why that body can’t legally class bed bugs as a health […]

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