We’re in the midst of one of the hottest summers on record, but that was nothing compared to the summer of 1936, dagnabbit. Toronto’s worst heat wave took place between July 8 to 15, 1936. Only cinemas were air conditioned, so people flocked to those, to see movies like Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”, and “The Great Zigfield”. Tens of thousands camped out by the waterfront during the peak of the heat, city parks were brimming at night, and people packed into public pools like the Sunnyside bathing pavilion. Before the heat broke, over 225 residents had perished Fatalities across the country are estimated at 1,180 for the week, while the total heat-related deaths across the continent during the summer of ’36 exceeded 5,000. So don’t you kids tell me about your heat, and your internet, and your Pokemen.