Toronto calls off extreme cold weather alert

08:27, January 04, 2010      

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An extreme cold weather alert ended for the Canadian metropolis of Toronto on Sunday. This was the second extreme cold alert since December.

The alert issued on Saturday activated extra services designed to get homeless people off the streets. During the alert, street outreach workers were increased to encourage people to seek shelter indoors.

Drop-in centers were given public transportation tickets to help people get to shelters, and 168 additional shelter spaces were opened up. Existing shelters also loosened service restrictions to allow beds for more people.

The city also directly contacted more than 100 agencies to remind them that their clients may need extra assistance during such weather.

An alert is called when Environment Canada predicts a temperature of minus 15 degrees Celsius or lower, without wind chill, or issues a wind chill warning for outdoor activity for people in the Toronto area, and predicts extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard, ice storm or sudden drops in temperature.

Source: Xinhua
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