Calgary removes Chinook LRT station shelter doors

Calgary removes Chinook LRT station shelter doors

Calgary removed doors to three shelters at the Chinook LRT station in the midst of the city’s extreme weather warning, without plans for reinstallation.

The City of Calgary has removed doors to three shelters at the Chinook LRT station. Amid the city’s cold snap, there are no plans to reinstall them.

The City of Calgary has removed doors to three shelters at the Chinook LRT station. Amid the city’s cold snap, there are no plans to reinstall them.

“I don’t think it’s really appropriate for them to be taking them off, especially in the minus 30s. And considering tonight is going to be in the negative 40s,” said one person.

“It makes it difficult for the average travelling person to use the LRT every day,” said another man. “We just have to grin and bear to live with it.”

“You can’t stand out here for 20 minutes. It’s not healthy,” said one person.

The City of Calgary made its decision and it comes amid increased shelter admissions by people experiencing homelessness. The Chinook doors and the bus loop shelter doors at Somerset-Bridlewood CTrain station were removed last week.

Inside one of Chinook LRT Station’s outdoor shelters in Calgary

Inside one of Chinook LRT Station’s outdoor shelters in Calgary

“There are no plans to reinstall right now, they were removed last week as we started to see increased gatherings,” a statement from the City of Calgary read.

The station at Chinook has its shelter closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. every day, adding that it has been a practice for the last two years.

Calgary believes the decision will encourage people to access shelters with heat, washroom facilities and support resources. One Calgarian thinks the city should explore alternative measures.

“If you want to solve the problem, then bump up bylaws. Get more police out here and do something about it that way,” they said.

A button to open the door of one of Chinook LRT Station’s outdoor shelters in Calgary

A button to open the door of one of Chinook LRT Station’s outdoor shelters in Calgary

Environment and Climate Change Canada issued an extreme cold warning that remains in effect for Calgary, as extreme wind chill values of -40 C or colder will continue through the week.

For those concerned about someone’s safety in these cold conditions, you can get them help by calling 2-1-1.

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