Extreme cold weather alert extended



    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto has extended the extreme
cold weather alert that was issued on Monday, March 5, 2007.
    Street Helpline operates 24 hours a day to help homeless people and
front-line workers know where to find shelter and other services. Street
Helpline can be called toll-free at 1-866-392-3777 from any payphone. Members
of the public can phone this number if they see a homeless person sleeping
outside.

    
    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:
    -   eighty additional emergency sleeping spaces in Toronto shelters
    -   enhanced street outreach services, including emergency transportation
        to shelters, provided by Agincourt Community Services Association
        Inc., Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre and Salvation Army -
        Gateway
    -   emergency TTC tickets are available at a number of drop-in centres to
        help homeless people reach shelters.
    

    For more information, visit our website at www.toronto.ca/housing.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic
engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North
America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for
quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is
dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
                     Visit our website at www.toronto.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Elaine Smyer, Emergency
Planning, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, (416) 397-1384, (after
hours) (416) 714-2730; Peggy Byrne, Partnership Development, Shelter, Support
and Housing Administration, (416) 392-0051, (after hours) (416) 575-9753


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