EDMONTON - Passengers climbing aboard the Winter Emergency Response Bus are greeted by the sight of a rubber chicken, a shaggy black stuffed bird with a prominent orange beak, and a Tickle Me Elmo toy.
“It’s stuff that draws people’s attention,” said Wayne Ash, who has worked for five years on the bus, which is operated by Boyle Street Community Services and will be in high demand this week as a major snowstorm hits today and temperatures drop throughout the week into the -20s. Every day between Nov. 1 and April 30 the bus travels throughout the city. It receives funding through Homeward Trust’s Winter Emergency Response, which also provides funding to allow several city drop-ins to extend their operating hours during the winter. The route starts at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Bottle Depot in the west end and ends at the Hope Mission downtown about 9:30 p.m.