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January 24, 2005
Extreme cold weather alert extended
  
Toronto Hostel Services has extended the extreme cold weather alert that was
issued on Monday, January 17, 2005 until Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at noon.

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.


Under the alert, the following extra services are available to help homeless
people:
  • 97 additional emergency sleeping spaces in Toronto shelters
  • enhanced street outreach services, including emergency transportation to shelters, provided by Anishnawbe Health, Red Cross, Native Men's Residence and Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
  • distribution of emergency TTC tickets through drop-in centres and outreach agencies to help homeless people reach shelters.


The Street Helpline service at 1-866-392-3777 also operates 24 hours a day to
let homeless people and front-line workers know where to find shelter and other
services. Members of the public can call this number if they see a homeless
person sleeping outside.

For more information, visit the City's Web site at www.toronto.ca/coldweath eralert.

Media contacts:
Elaine Smyer, Emergency Planning, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support,
416-397-1384; 416-714-2730 (after hours)
Cynthia Ross, Partnership Development, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support,
416-392-0546; 416-435-3838 (cell)



 

 

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