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