Canadian heatwave turns deadly in Quebec

Commentary By: Albert Mascheroni

Were the 19 dead & counting by the intense ongoing Canadian heatwave sinners above all? Probably not. But unless we repent…

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. – Luke 13:1-5

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. – Revelation 16:8-9

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Commentary In Response to Article By: Business DayChildren playing in a public water fountain. Picture: 123RF/ ANNA NAHABEDMontreal — A heatwave in Quebec has killed at least 19 people in the past week as high summer temperatures scorched eastern Canada, health officials said on Wednesday. 12 of the dead were reported in the eastern province’s capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin.

The Tribune newspaper said 5 of the deaths occurred in the past 48 hours in the Eastern Townships, a rural area just east of the city. And late on Wednesday, 2 more deaths blamed on the heat were recorded in a Montreal suburb, Radio Canada reported.

“My thoughts are w/the loved 1s of those who have died in Quebec during this heatwave,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter. “The record temperatures are expected to continue in central & eastern Canada, so make sure you know how to protect yourself & your family,” Trudeau said.

Drouin said the victims were part of:

“the very vulnerable population, the elderly or people suffering from chronic or mental illnesses.”

Temperatures soared to 34°C with a humidity that made it feel closer to 40°C, the meteorological service said. The mercury has regularly topped 30°C since Friday in southern Quebec, accompanied by stifling humidity levels. A government heat warning is in place for the region, but meteorologists are forecasting a drop in temperatures at the end of the week.

No deaths had been reported for the same period in the neighbouring province of Ontario, which has also sizzled under extremely high temperatures. In 2010, a heat wave killed about 100 people in the Montreal area.

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