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Hot Weather in Store for Southwestern BC

Posted July 13, 2018

While hot and sunny conditions are welcomed news for most, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Medical Health Officers are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat. Keep cool by:

  • Spending time in an air-conditioned facility (such as a shopping centre, library, community centre or restaurant) for at least several hours every day.
  • Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car.
  • Check in on others - People living alone are at high risk of severe heat related illness.  
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Homelessness

As the cost of living, particularly the cost of housing, continues to rise in the region, so too does the risk of homelessness. The City of Burnaby works collaboratively with the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby through its Task Force on Homelessness, which includes members from homeless serving agencies, the RCMP, Transit Police, Vancity, Fraser Health, and interested community members. The Task Force works to address the root causes of homelessness and provide support services for the homeless.

Burnaby works with Progressive Housing Society’s Homeless Outreach Program to connect homeless residents with services and support. The City also participates in the Civic Notification System for the Lookout Society's Extreme Weather Homeless Shelter. 

Burnaby also supports the development of a combined emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive housing facility, which would help individuals move from homelessness to permanent housing. The City developed locational guidelines for reviewing transitional and supportive housing facilities, in order to assist organizations in finding a suitable site in Burnaby.

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Photo Credit: Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby