Volume 91, Issue 58

Tuesday, January 13, 1998

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NEWS
 

Storm victims chill out in local universities

By Sandra Dimitrakopoulos
Gazette Staff

As the icy grip plaguing Quebec and its outlying borders of Eastern Ontario slowly begins to melt, those still effected may be saved by the generosity of local educational institutions.

When the peak of the ice storm hit late last week, several universities in the area were forced to shut down, but as some school doors begin to open, it seems there will be more than just students welcome on campus.

Helene Carty, director of public relations and information at the University of Ottawa, said although their doors only closed midday Thursday, they have been encouraging students, staff and professors to help locally as much as possible. The university has also opened their showers to those without electricity.

Bishop's University in Lennoxville was one of the few universities in the area not forced to close due to the storm and decided to help those desperate for a place to stay by becoming officially registered as a shelter yesterday with a sleeping capacity of 150, said alumni and public relations director Bruce Stevenson.

Those seeking shelter will also be provided with full shower facilities and cafeteria services. Several students have also volunteered to double-up in residences if the 150 beds are still not enough for those left out in the cold. "I wouldn't be surprised if we had a busload any second," Stevenson said.

Concordia and McGill Universities in downtown Montreal will remain closed today and still remain the hardest hit. The University of Ottawa and Carleton University opened their doors officially yesterday and Queen's University in Kingston will follow today.


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