TORONTO — Toronto is scrambling to get through the summer without a major hotel supply.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Mayor John Tory said it was a crisis that “cannot be resolved by relying on government” and urged Canadians to “make the effort” to buy supplies.
A lot of people need to make the effort to buy the supplies, Tory said.
I want to assure Canadians that the province has made a commitment to help people in this time of emergency.
We’re doing everything we can to ensure that supplies get to people who need them.
The mayor’s statement comes as hotels are scrambling to cope with the heat wave, with hotels posting their own online advertisements for hotel supplies.
Toronto is in a “very hot and humid” climate and the province is looking to keep people safe by providing hotel supply stores with air-conditioning units, city officials said.
Air-conditioned rooms are used to reduce temperatures by up to 20 degrees Celsius and are critical for hospitals, schools, schools for the elderly and the disabled.
Hotel supply stores across the city are asking for volunteers to donate air-con units to their supply stores.
Some Toronto hotels are asking people to visit the hotel supply store to donate items, and the city says it will be able to provide supplies from the hotel stores, including air-cond units, to the supply stores as needed.
“The supply stores are working very hard to ensure their stores are stocked,” said Robyn Benson, the city’s deputy chief operations officer.
“We’ve already had a couple of complaints from people who have contacted us.”
In Toronto, people can also donate items to the city for its Emergency Hotline.