For the past few days Scandinavian R has been exploring the must-see locations of Greater Toronto Area. The heavy concentration of world-class sights and smaller wonders include the Toronto Island Park, the observation dome and restaurant of the CN Tower and the fantastic Niagara Falls.

During this time period the city of Toronto has been under the combination of heavy humidity, Smog alerts and a temperature high enough for Environment Canada to issue extreme heat warnings. In addition, there currently exists a severe risk of thunderstorms and the UV ratings have been on high levels for days.

While Scandianvian R enjoys the benefits of air conditioned hotels and vehicles the normal people have been hit hard. To counter the environmental impact on ordinary citizens the government has opened cooling centres throughout the city and the public swimming pools are open until late night for cool dips.

Judging from the speed and depth of response to counter the on-going crisis Canada has given an image of itself as a country which cares of it’s inhabitants and one which is ready, willing and able to use its resources for the benefit of the everyday person. This has to be given more than a little respect.

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