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Late summer heat wave causing problems for Canadians


Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:57 PM - While fall starts on Friday, the eastern half of the country has been greeted with summer-like heat, and it's causing problems for Canadians.

The toasty weekend forecast was enough for organizers of the Rock 'n' Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon to cancel Sunday's full marathon. The announcement was made on Wednesday after officials realized Sunday's daytime high was not going to drop.

The seasonal average this time of year for Montreal typically sits around the 17oC mark, but Sunday will feel closer to 37 with the humidity, all courtesy of a dominate ridge of high pressure.

"There's real danger for participants, especially on the marathon side, after five, six hours of running," Louis Malafarina, executive director of the race told CBC.


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Approximately 5,000 people were signed up for the event, and it's the first time in 27 years that organizers were forced to cancel, the news agency reports.

When the humidex reads over 28, the risk of heat-related illness rises significantly, Dr. François de Champlain, trauma team leader at the Montreal General Hospital told CBC.

According to de Champlain, over 1,000 runners visited the medical tent at the finish line in 2014 due to extreme heat.

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Participants signed up for the full marathon can still run the half on Sunday. In order to skip the peak of the heat, half-marathon runners are scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m., an hour earlier than usual. Runners will be given three hours to complete the race, CBC reports.

Meanwhile, some tenants living in apartment buildings in Toronto say despite the unseasonably warm weather, landlords are turning on the heat.

It's all due to a bylaw that requires the temperature be set at 21 degrees or higher between Sept. 15 and June 21.

Councillor Joe Mihevic told CBC he has been inundated with phone calls from tenants about the issue, and that in some buildings, temperatures have reached the high 30s. One tenant was even sent to hospital.

According to Mihevic, the problem at hand is that some landlords are under the assumption that air conditioning must be turned off and the heat turned on during the specified dates.

"There's nothing in the bylaw that says that on September 15th you've got to flick the heat on, we simply expect you to ensure that the heat is at 21 degrees and over and to be compliant, he told CBC.

A tenant living in an apartment building located at 1500 Keele St. in Toronto told CTV he has not been able to sleep due to the stifling heat.

"It's too bloody hot in here," he told the news agency. "I can't take it anymore, okay. I can't take it anymore."

The matter has been brought to the attention of mayor John Tory. He told reporters on Thursday that he will review the bylaw at question.

"I maintain the principle that we have to make sure that people are subject to a reasonable environment in their apartments, hot or cold, during the winter season especially, but do it in a way that is perhaps more accommodating to the fact that weather changes from time to time," Tory told CTV News.

The balmy weather will not stick around for much longer, however, as late next week cool fall air will arrive in the east in time to kick off the month of October.

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