Perhaps known more for our extreme cold, Montreal is currently in the grips of a heat wave. The warning below issued by Environment Canada gives you some indication. Remember those figures are in Celsius; Humidex values between 35° – 40° translates to 95°F and 104°F.
I have heard a rumour that the heat and humidity are so intense that local cicadas have put out a call for their fellow singing bugs from adjacent states and provinces to come and help out.
One hears of these things during difficult times; requests for firefighters to help with forest fires, or medical technicians. During Quebec’s big ice storm many Hydro-Electric workers from New England came to help get the power flowing again. All in the name of neighborliness.
Well, not exactly. Once things had gotten back to normal and that warm fuzzy feeling of camaraderie had faded into mere pleasant smiles of recollection, the bills arrived. No doubt it works both ways; did the Canadian firefighters who helped in the wake of 9/11 not get paid?
This has always seemed crass to me. Like charging a next-door neighbour for helping him in a time of crisis.
Yet … nobody does anything for nothing.