Ser­vices in re­sponse to ex­treme cold

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE -

The ex­treme cold weather alert last night trig­gered ad­di­tional ser­vices for home­less peo­ple in Tim­mins.

With tem­per­a­tures reaching as low as - 28C and a wind chill of - 37C this week, the city is ad­vis­ing the home­less to seek shel­ter.

Start­ing im­me­di­ately the Tim­mins Na­tive Friend­ship Cen­tre at 179 Kirby Ave. will open its doors in the evenings after 5: 30 p. m. to serve as a warm­ing shel­ter in the event of a cold weather alert.

Liv­ing Space is playing an im­por­tant role in bring­ing ser­vices to peo­ple but is chal­lenged by some phys­i­cal con­straints that do not al­low it to ef­fec­tively act as a warm­ing shel­ter dur­ing cold weather pe­ri­ods.

Mayor Ge­orge Pirie

As such, its staff and ser­vices will be shifted over to the Tim­mins Na­tive Friend­ship Cen­tre on nights of cold weather alerts.

“The City of Tim­mins has called an ex­treme cold weather alert to make vul­ner­a­ble home­less peo­ple in Tim­mins aware of the dan­gers of stay­ing out­side too long in cold weather, and to en­sure they have a safe and warm place to go,” said Mayor Ge­orge Pirie.

Go­ing for­ward, the chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of the City of Tim­mins will call an alert when En­vi­ron­ment

Canada pre­dicts overnight tem­per­a­tures of - 27C or lower with or with­out wind chill, based on warn­ings from Health Canada of im­mi­nent risk of health at that tem­per­a­ture.

Alerts will be issued in the morn­ing be­fore an ex­tremely cold night so com­mu­nity agen­cies have time to call in ex­tra staff to pro­vide ad­di­tional ser­vices.

“As a re­sult of the grow­ing level of street home­less­ness, the City of Tim­mins has been work­ing with com­mu­nity part­ners in­clud­ing the Tim­mins Na­tive Friend­ship Cen­tre, Liv­ing Space, the Cochrane DSSAB and Tim­mins Po­lice Ser­vices to de­velop a strat­egy to deal with ex­treme cold weather,” added Mayor Pirie. “We com­mend our part­ners for this in­terim strat­egy while we work to­wards more per­ma­nent solutions re­lated to warm­ing spa­ces and home­less­ness.”

The City of Tim­mins has called an ex­treme cold weather alert to make vul­ner­a­ble home­less peo­ple in Tim­mins aware of the dan­gers of stay­ing out­side too long in cold weather ... ”

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