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February 21, 2008
Media Advisory - Extreme cold weather alert terminated
The City of Toronto has terminated the extreme cold weather alert that was issued on Wednesday, February 20. Extreme cold weather alerts activate additional support services to help get homeless people in from the cold.

An alert goes into effect when Environment Canada:
  • predicts a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius or lower, without wind chill,
  • issues a wind chill warning for outdoor activity for people in the Toronto area, and/or
  • predicts extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm.

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Media contacts:

Elaine Smyer, Emergency Planning, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, 416-397-1384, 647-321-7823 (cell),

Patricia Anderson, Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, 416-397-4328, 647-272-8935 (cell),



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