Cooling centres open in Brampton

Brampton, July 24 (CINEWS) When Jarnail Singh, a new Canadian immigrant visited a cooling centre last summer, he was perplexed seeing other South Asians who were there to cool themselves off. Having grown up in Delhi and experienced hot and torrid summers, what passes for summer in Canada was quite alright. But not all residents in Brampton happen to be South Asian and quite a few require to spend part of their day at a cooling centre.cassie_campbell
The City of Brampton has designated South Fletcher’s Sportsplex, Earnscliffe Recreation Centre, Century Gardens Recreation Centre and Cassie Campbell Community Centre as cooling stations.
The stations will be open until 9 p.m. for residents to cool off and receive water and information about heat safety.
Through community partnerships, North Bramalea United Church and The Journey drop-in centre will also be open as cooling stations.
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for much of southern Ontario, including Peel region.
Officials with the national weather agency say temperatures will peak between 30C and 32C Saturday and Sunday and feel closer to 40C due to the humidity.
Sweltering heat like this can affect everyone, but particularly at-risk to heat-related illness are seniors, infants, young children, those with chronic illnesses, those who work outdoors and the homeless.
Many residents underestimate the heat and in a bid to save some money keep their air conditioners off. Big mistake because while many residents may work during the day if they have seniors living in their homes, the heat could prove to be dangerous for them.

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