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Campbell River to open warming centre tonight as temperatures drop

The Campbell River Coalition to End Homelessness and the city are opening a warming centre tonight with temperatures expected to drop.

It will open at 8 p.m. at the Campbell River Community Centre and run until 7 a.m. tomorrow. The Emergency Operation Centre has been activated to support the effort and it will be staffed with people who have experience working with people experiencing homelessness.

Environment Canada is forecasting a low of -7 degrees celsius tonight, with a wind chill of -14 and a 30 per cent chance of flurries.

Funding is being provided by the province through Emergency Management BC and the city.

The city adds the opening of a warming centre was approved for yesterday evening, but a shortage of trained staff and volunteers available kept the space from opening and operating safely.

Mayor Kermit Dahl thanks the community as scheduling is adjusted for the space.

“During winter storm events, a warming centre provides people experiencing homelessness or those living outdoors during extreme weather the shelter that they need,” said Dahl.

“Thank you once again to the community for your patience as we adjust programming at the Community Centre to provide warmth and shelter during this winter storm.”

Groups with private community centre bookings will be contacted by the city if the warming centre will impact their programming.

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