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March 3, 2005
Extreme cold weather alert extended
Toronto Hostel Services has extended the extreme cold weather alert that was
issued on Wednesday, March 2 until Friday, March 4 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
  • 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. The public can call this number if they see a homeless person
sleeping outside.

For more information, visit the City's Web site at eralert.

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



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