Today I dropped by the three City of Ottawa emergency reception centres in #OttWN to thank City staff and Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers.
Howard Darwin Centennial arena (beside Merivale High School) is difficult to get to for residents of our riding (unless you park at Merivale mall and walk), but the The Salvation Army in Canada is providing meals twice a day and Canadian Red Cross volunteers provide reception services, there are showers and charging stations, including for those on oxygen.
J.A. Dulude arena (941 Clyde) is much quieter. A wonderful community member named Sue took it upon herself to set up a coffee/sandwich station for her neighbours. I met a student who requires software for assistance with reading, who was able to plug in his laptop. No line-up for the showers. Better to come here if you need a shower or wifi/charging. It’s easier to get to and less busy.
Ben Franklin Place is open, as is the Centrepointe library, for wifi, charging devices and washrooms. There are plenty of quiet spaces to work.
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