Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Montreal’s Sensationally Speculative Heat Wave Death Stats

Yah, last week was hot. That said it’s July so heat is what should be expected.
Years ago it used to be hotter for longer periods of times. Hubby and I have had a veggie garden for 26 years now. We used to plant cool weather veggies earlier (April)- but for the past several years it’s been to cool to do that- Soil to cold and wet. For that matter it’s been too cool to plant tomatoes, eggplant and peppers until the first or second week end of June as opposed to the third week of May.


Montreal, Quebec vs Toronto, Ontario

 Living here in Ontario, one couldn’t help but notice that everyday we we’re getting the horrific stats out of Montreal, Quebec regarding all these deaths due to the 6 day heatwave.
 Yet, I don’t think Toronto, Ontario recorded even one death.  My sister and I were chattin’ this week end and she too noticed this strange anomaly regarding the two cities. Two large cities.
The two biggest in Canada- With Montreal having the smaller population of the two (roughly 1 million less people) Considering the million plus extra people in Toronto, statistically speaking the heat should have hit Toronto harder.

Large Cities = Factory Farms for Humans

Both cities have a huge problem with the urban heat island affect- A real world affect of the big concrete human farms that large cities actually are. “ Urban Heat island “ is the result of way too many people living in too small an area- Exacerbated by the concrete/asphalt infrastructure necessary to house all the people in areas that cannot actually sustain these massive populations- It  should not be lost on the readers that the urban heat affect skews the global temperature readings. It helps to sell the AGW theory.

Personally I liken the large cities as being an equivalent to the factory farm. Same issues. Too many inhabitants in too small a place. Convenient for the corporation. Maximizing profits while minimizing expenses. All the while exerting excessive pressures on the surrounding areas at no or little cost to the factory farm or extremely large city.

There will be additional information of the Urban Heat Island problem at the end of this post


Montreal Speculates for Political Purposes- “Climate Change”

The main push was on the excess carbon theory AGW which has been rebranded to the totally inane meme ‘climate change’
Let’s rebut the climate change claim right off the bat- G & M

A University of Waterloo climate scientist says the scorching heat wave that set records in Ontario and Quebec over the Canada Day long weekend can’t be directly attributed to climate change.

Can’t be directly attributed to climate change. No records were broken where I live!

Focus Should be on Poverty & Inadequate Housing & Health Care

For  Canadians born here in particular. Since most of the victims were older males. Schizophrenics.  Possibly Alchoholics. Likely drug users. Probably white? Who could have died for any number of reasons. Possibly exacerbated by the heat? But, maybe not.
 They were overwhelmingly men aged 53 to 85 who lived alone and had health issues such as schizophrenia or heart disease.
Their housing conditions increased their vulnerability. Most lived on the upper floors of multistorey buildings, where heat rose and became trapped.

Interesting that there are no stats on recent refugee’s being affected by the heatwave. But then even those in camps at the borders are housed in airconditioned/heated/ventilated three season tents.

Montreal, Quebec Speculates

G & M
In Quebec, as soon as meteorologists predicted a searing heat wave early in the week, public-health authorities directed front-line workers to pass along reports of deaths they considered heat-related. The measure was intended to help officials target their prevention efforts as the heat wave progressed.
Considered heat related. Not confirmed, but, considered. When I read this statement I thought about the flu pandemic number fudging- When everything was reported as the swine flu, you can create a pandemic, though one didn't exist. I covered that extensively at PFYT's at that time. Manipulating the numbers to push an agenda.
For example, firefighters in Montreal were dispatched to knock on thousands of doors to check on residents of zones considered at risk.

“It let us activate our prevention measures more rapidly,” Dr. Arruda said. The figures were made public “from a principle of transparency.”
Toronto, Ontario does not
Ontario is not releasing data on deaths during the heat wave. Officials say they do not conclude a cause of death until autopsies are performed, a process that could take at least three months.
“I can’t confirm any deaths due to the heat wave,” said Cheryl Mahyr, spokesperson for Ontario’s Office of the Chief Coroner. “Otherwise you’re asking our office to speculate, and we don’t deal in speculation.”

 What is the urban heat island?
Diagram of an urban heat island. Image Credit: Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
"Urban Heat Island" (UHI) refers to the tendency for a city or town to remain warmer than its surroundings, by as much as 10 deg. F or more. This effect is caused mostly by the lack of vegetation and soil moisture, which would normally use the absorbed sunlight to evaporate water as part of photosynthesis (a process called "evapotranspiration"). This is also the reason why forests are cooler than deserts.

Instead, the sunlight is absorbed by manmade structures -- roads, parking lots, and buildings. With little or no water to evaporate, the sunlight's energy goes into raising the temperature of those surfaces and the air in contact with them. As the day progresses, a dome of warm air forms over the city as convection transports heat from the surface to higher in the atmosphere
After the sun sets, temperatures remain elevated above the vegetated areas around the city or town, and so the heat island effect persists during the night as well.

There is some evidence that the Urban Heat Island effect modifies the rainfall patterns around cities, at least in the summertime.

Interesting facts: 

TEMPERATURES Because urbanized land areas cover only a very small fraction of the Earth, the effect of the urban heat island on global average temperatures is very small. BUT, because most thermometers are located in urbanized areas, and those areas tend to become more urbanized over time, some scientists believe that there is a spurious warming signal in global average temperature estimates computed from global thermometer data.
While the global temperature dataset developers have attempted to make adjustments for this effect, currently there is no way to know just how accurate those adjustments are.


  1. Let's clear-cut a few hundred million more acres of jungle, rain forest and timber, that will do the trick!

    Check out this Earth map of wind currents to see where the troughs are forming to draw in southern heat. Scroll in or out to enlarge the map


    1. ironically greg- clearing land goes hand in hand with factory farming goes hand in hand with the fast food industry, which goes hand in hand with the massive heat island cities


      fast food also goes hand in hand with the slavery (workers) concept inherent in globalization..

      we need to rethink the way we eat and live- and I'm not promoting veganism nor am I anti dairy
      we need to stop consuming fast food and start caring about where our food comes from and most of us need to learn to cook for ourselves

      anywho.. Montreal proved the adage when you're a hammer everything is a nail

      when an agenda is being pushed one sells the agenda at the expense of reality
      poor health care
      inadequate housing

  2. Hi Penny: Everything is exaggerated nowadays. I've just returned from an Art History class at the Seniors Centre. It's a 20-min walk there and back. During the class we heard a thunder clap - once - and a few minutes later when I went outside I saw there had been a light rain and the air was nice and cool for my walk home. Just now looked at the Environment Canada weather site and it had a large banner saying, "Severe Thunderstorm Warning Ended."

    As you say, it's Dystopia we're living in. Your readers might like to know that I'm 78 and there's no heat wave that can kill me, or anybody else, unless they're close to death anyway, or they do something stupid. I saw a drunk one time sound asleep on a park bench in a heat wave - 40 years ago. I phoned the police and they woke him up, otherwise he would be dead. That's the kind of people who succumb to heat waves if they don't take proper precautions. And what about the people who live in India. We've not reached their levels of heat and we don't hear about thousands of deaths from it over there. Fights and brawls, maybe.;-))

  3. I was wrong; there are reports of people dying in India during heat waves, but again, it's the living conditions causing it, and the deaths rates go down as improvements are made. According to CNN, at least: "There are more than 1.7 million homeless people on the streets, and fluctuating electricity supplies regularly affect temperature-control technologies, such as fans. Combined with poor access to drinking water, this means many people across the country succumb to extreme heat or cold."

  4. Hey YaYa;
    Sad isn't it? That everything is exaggerated these days?
    Or everything is just pushing an agenda?
    Most of the Montreal victims, so were told, were allegedly compromised in some way.

    existing health issues
    poor housing
    inadequate health care
    likely poor diet
    -urban heat island

    in other words poverty and what's the big spin- the heat wave and climate change

    one or two articles did mention the urban heat island problem, but, more or less only in passing
    to sell climate change- it's maddening and then you get all these people oh, well it's climate change
    there is nothing in this complex system we inhabit that that simplistic
    yes, climate changes, but heat in July is not due to climate change- it's called, in the northern hemisphere, the season of summer!

  5. Hey YaYa
    interesting from the linked article
    how much India has been able to reduce their heat related deaths-
    also interesting that they don't claim a heatwave until the temperature is 6 degrees celsius higher then normal

    "The Indian Meteorological Department has set the mark at about 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) above the average temperature."

    The temps last week didn't reach that mark in these parts
    We may have been 2-3 degrees C above "normal" or average
    Which isn't really all that abnormal
    "Roofs were painted white to reduce heat absorption"
    so they were attempting to mitigate the heat island affect
    unlike here in '1st world' Canada

    but what's very interesting

    "In 2018, 13 people have died from exposure to extreme temperatures."

    13 people in all of India died from extreme temps during their yearly hot season!

    but montreal and quebec would have us believe that anywhere from 33 to 54 died from heat in Quebec, Canada alone?!
    While no one died from heat in Toronto?

    Yup, everything here is exaggerated and we do live in a creepy psycho dystopia

  6. Yeah, India's high temps are much higher than we've had despite all dire warnings.

    Have to tell you, every time I think of your title, I chuckle. "Sensationally Speculative Heat Wave Deaths". I like it.