Dec 31/17 – Update on Toronto homelessness services during extreme cold weather: Services remain available for those in need

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December 31, 2017

Update on Toronto homelessness services during extreme cold weather: Services remain available for those in need

Toronto's shelter system is responding to the current extreme cold weather with additional beds available to be added to the shelter system, 24/7 street outreach, and 24/7 low barrier respite drop-in services. City shelters and respite services are very busy during this extreme cold weather but there is still room to accommodate people seeking respite from the frigid weather.

The City continues to monitor the situation closely and 24-hour street outreach remains in effect. If someone on the street needs outreach assistance, please call 311. In case of an emergency (for example, a person lying on the street with skin exposed), please call 911.

Shelter occupancy was 95% last night, which is similar to occupancy levels seen over the last few months. Most of the winter respite drop-ins and Out of the Cold programs are operating at capacity, however, there were up to 60 spaces available last night and the Streets to Homes Assessment and Referral Centre overnight respite program located at 129 Peter Street had capacity to serve 20 to 30 additional clients overnight. Last night, City outreach workers engaged with 14 people, none of whom accepted service. This is fewer people than on recent cold nights as the weather appears to have driven people inside.

The Better Living Centre is the most recent winter respite service to be opened and it has the capacity to serve 110 people and saw 71 last night. The TTC is redirecting buses to stop outside the building.

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Program shortened for New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square

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December 29, 2017

Program shortened for New Year's Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto's New Year's Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square has been shortened due to current extreme cold weather conditions. The New Year's Eve event will begin shortly before midnight with a live DJ set, followed by a countdown to the fireworks display at midnight, as planned. The City will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next 48 hours and make further adjustments, if necessary.

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Preventing water pipes from freezing during extremely cold weather

News Release

December 29, 2017

Preventing water pipes from freezing during extremely cold weather

With extreme cold temperatures forecast to continue over the long weekend, the City of Toronto is reminding residents how to prevent drinking-water pipes in their home from freezing. There are also steps that residents can take if they have no water and suspect their pipes are already frozen.

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Extreme Cold Alert Issued Monday December 25, 2017

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December 25, 2017

Extreme Cold Weather Alert – seek shelter, check on loved ones

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert today for Toronto that will be in effect until further notice. Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15 degrees Celsius or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 or colder.

Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. Hypothermia occurs when the body's core temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius and can have severe consequences, including organ failure and death. Frostbite can also occur in cold weather when skin freezes and in severe cases can lead to amputation when deeper tissues freeze.

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Water Source Update – Frozen Pipes Public Education Campaign

Toronto Water launches “Frozen Pipes Public Education Campaign”

Issue date: December 21, 2017

Toronto Water is gearing up for another winter season by conducting a public education campaign to remind homeowners to take the steps to help prevent the pipes in their homes from freezing. This includes transit shelter, community newspaper and online ads to be featured in December. Beginning in November, the City will also be using traditional and social media, utility bill brochures and different City publications to increase awareness of frozen pipe prevention tips.

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Extreme Cold Alert Terminated Sunday December 17, 2017

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December 17, 2017

Extreme Cold Weather Alert terminated for Toronto

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has terminated the Extreme Cold Weather Alert as of noon today. Service remains available 24 hours a day/seven days a week through to April 15, 2018, at several 24-hour winter respite drop-ins at locations across the city.

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Extreme Cold Alert Issued Saturday December 16, 2017

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December 16, 2017

Extreme Cold Weather Alert – seek shelter, check on loved ones

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert today for Toronto that will be in effect until further notice. Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15 degrees Celsius or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 or colder.

Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. Hypothermia occurs when the body's core temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius and can have severe consequences, including organ failure and death. Frostbite can also occur in cold weather when skin freezes and in severe cases can lead to amputation when deeper tissues freeze.

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Extreme Cold Alert Terminated Friday December 15, 2017

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December 15, 2017

Extreme Cold Weather Alert terminated for Toronto

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has terminated the Extreme Cold Weather Alert as of noon today. Service remains available 24 hours a day/seven days a week through to April 15, 2018, at several 24-hour winter respite drop-ins at locations across the city.

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Newsletters – WINTER 2017

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