Shock of the cold: 50,000 Syrian refugees learn to survive -20C in Canada


Over the past three years, Canada has accepted more than 50,000 Syrian refugees as part of government- and privately-sponsored resettlement programmes. […] In Montreal this weekend temperatures are expected to plunge to -20C with occasional snow flurries. The city launched a partial snow-clearing effort on Friday morning but freezing temperatures have made it extremely difficult for municipal workers to de-ice pavements. Horror stories – such as one from 1 January in which a couple driving on a highway in Quebec had their windshield shattered by flying ice – make it tempting to stay at home.

Yeah, that’s Canada for ya. The winters along the St. Lawrence River are not to be taken lightly. The unprepared person will die from exposure …