A release prior to the event said 2,000 seniors were expected for the gathering. The Aberdeen Pavilion is not air conditioned.
When the more than $200-million renovation of Lansdowne Park (where the pavilion is located) was being planned, Mayor Jim Watson fought against air conditioning in the building where the four illnesses took place. The price of air conditioning at the pavilion was estimated at $200,000. Watson opted for the cost saving.
The outdoor temperature at the time of the event was 32 degrees C and humidex was 45 degrees C. The forecast high for Sunday was 35 degrees C. There is no estimate of the indoor temperature where the 2,000 seniors gathered.
More than 25 private sponsors contributed to the event.
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