After a barrage of criticism, and with temperatures taking a dangerous plunge, the City of Toronto opened two new warming centres for homeless people and deployed outreach workers and ambulances to check on those who refuse to move indoors.

City and federal officials said Thursday discussions to open the Moss Park Armoury as a temporary respite centre were going well, and they had expected to make an announcement later in the day.

But the officials were still talking late Thursday, and, as terms had not been hammered out, the discussions were expected to resume Friday.