Bed Bug Registry user reports bed bugs in Health Canada offices. True? Or not?

by nobugsonme on October 23, 2008 · 2 comments

in bed bug rumors, bed bugs, bed bugs in the workplace, canada, ontario, toronto

The Bed Bug Registry turned up this interesting report today:

180 Queen St W
Toronto, ON M5V

Found 1 report:

Submitted by “Mate” on 10/23/2008

A bedbug outbreak occurred the week of Oct.13 in the 9th floor offices of Health Canada (i.e. Canada’s Department of Health). It is not known how the infestation started. Staff on the floor were sent home, and building management carried out carpet cleaning. The following week Health Canada management sent out an e-mail ensuring employees that the bedbugs had been eradicated, however on the morning of Oct. 22 employees of Health Canada were sent home because the bedbugs had spread to all floors 8, 9, 10 and 11 occupied by Health Canada. Building management is currently dealing with the infestation which as of yet has not spread to other floors housing Canada’s Federal Courts, along with MacKenzie Financial Corporation.

Is it true? Or does “Mate” have ulterior motives?

Anyone can report any building to the Bed Bug Registry at any time, erroneously or not, which is why the site owner Maciej Ceglowski invites readers to contact him if they wish to dispute reports. (See bottom of any page on the Bed Bug Registry to see this message and Maciej’s email.)

It’s impossible to know whether this is a legitimate report or not, without any evidence. And since “Mate” said an email was sent to employees, that evidence is surely out there. (When Above the Law reported on bed bugs in a well-known NYC law firm, they had a copy of a leaked memo.)

But this entry sure got my attention!


The internets can broadcast false alarms, but I have a hunch we’ll soon know if it was true or not.

Thanks to BugsInTO for the tip!

Health Canada’s Bed Bug Fact Sheet, February 2008

Update: Apparently, true. Reader Buggedout says it was on the CBC news at 6 on Friday 10/24. (See comments.)

1 Buggedout October 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm

CBC TV News did an exclusive report on the infestation at Health Canada offices at 6PM Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. They reported that the building is a new office tower at 180 Queen St. W, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

2 nobugsonme October 29, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Thanks, Buggedout!

I cannot find footage of this online. I did hear from one of our readers that they tipped off a reporter about this story, though I don’t know if this is the fruit of that interaction, I strongly suspect it is.

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