[Hpn] Albertans hustle to help homeless as cold snap continues

Janine Larose janinelarose@hotmail.com
Sun, 03 Dec 2006 05:36:30 +0000

Albertans hustle to help homeless as cold snap continues
At least 3 deaths among homeless appear linked to cold snap

Sunday, November 26, 2006
CBC News
The deep freeze gripping Alberta kept relief workers busy Sunday, as they 
raced to get the homeless to emergency shelters, hand out winter coats and 
treat hypothermia.

The thermometer read -25 C in Calgary on Sunday, while temperatures dropped 
to -30 C in Edmonton. Forecasters said the blast of Arctic air, which began 
a few days earlier, would continue until at least Tuesday.
Cold temperatures are blamed or suspected in the recent deaths of three 
people in the province.

An autopsy has been ordered in the death of a homeless man whose body was 
found on a Calgary street on Saturday.

Two days earlier, in Spruce Grove west of Edmonton, two people who were 
living in a broken-down school bus were found frozen solid. Police suspect 
they died of carbon monoxide poisoning from running a propane heater inside 
the vehicle. Autopsies will be done in a few days.

Stampede grandstand becomes temporary shelter
The grandstand building on Calgary's Stampede grounds has been open since 
Friday night to provide a temporary emergency warming shelter for up to 300 
homeless people because all of the regular shelters were full
Buses have been transporting people from the Mustard Seed Street Ministry 
shelter to the Stampede grounds.
In Edmonton, the Hope Mission's warming shelter was packed on the weekend 
with people looking for a place to sleep, safe from freezing temperatures.
Edmonton crews hand out 215 coats
Emergency relief workers have spent the past three nights touring Edmonton's 
inner city looking for the homeless.
Richard David, a warehouse manager with the city's Emergency Relief Services 
Society, said workers found one man suffering from severe hypothermia on 
Saturday night. They brought him into the agency van and called paramedics 
for help.
Relief workers in the city handed out 215 winter jackets, as well as 
blankets, to those in need over the weekend and will continue the nightly 
tours until the cold snap ends.

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