Ottawa Sun: COOLING CENTRES: Two more added after McKenney tweets about lack of downtown locations

By Bruce Deachman

All five sites are set up to allow physical distancing, and offer access to washrooms and drinking water. Residents are asked to wear a cloth mask.

The city announced the opening of two additional emergency cooling centres on Wednesday, adding to the three it opened a day earlier.

The Jules Morin Park Fieldhouse, at 400 Clarence St. E., joins the Bernard

Grandmaître Arena (309 McArthur Rd.), Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (102 Greenview Ave.) and Heron Road Community Centre (1480 Heron Rd.) as centres that will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.daily until Friday.

McNabb Arena will also open to provide relief from the heat, each day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All five sites are set up to allow physical distancing, and offer access to washrooms and drinking water. Residents are asked to wear a cloth mask.

The two additional sites were announced after Somerset Ward councillor Catherine McKenney tweeted her displeasure that the locations of the initial sites neglected many residents who might benefit from such centres.

“Disappointing to see that there will be no cooling centres downtown with high density & low-income neighbourhoods,” she wrote. ⁦”@JLeiper (Kitchissippi Ward councillor Jeff Leiper) & I are pursuing this again with staff.”

The city will extend the operation of the cooling centres as required.

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