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Posted 2005-07-21 by Tony Walsh
Ontario, Canada has been slogging through a 3-week series of heat-alerts--8 of them designated "extreme"--resulting in official advisories to stay out of the heat, and to conserve power. Toronto, Ontario's economic center, tends to foster its own special brand of disgusting weather, sucking up humidity from Lake Ontario (which has warmed 5 degrees higher than normal) and then heating it via sun-soaked concrete. Treehugger contributor Lloyd Alter points out how locals are receiving electricity at a dangerous discount, while Toronto Hydro notes that 25% of us find our workplaces too cold. That means 25% of local businesses are not keeping their air-conditioning at the advised 26 degrees Celsius. I recall that in the city-wide blackout of 2003, some local businesses kept their billboards glowing while the rest of the city had to rub sticks together to cook pigeons.

Wise up, corporate Toronto. You're getting a bad rep.
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