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Montreal police say a man experiencing homelessness died after spending the night outside in extreme cold.

Police say they responded to a call about a case of possible hypothermia Monday night at an encampment in the city’s west end.

They say a 74-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Environment Canada says temperatures in Montreal hovered around –20 C Monday night, and the weather agency says the extreme cold will last until Wednesday.

Quebec’s public health director on Monday night called on shelters to disregard pandemic-related capacity limits and fully reopen to people experiencing homelessness.

The coroner’s office is investigating the man’s death.

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