More embarassment for Hydro-Quebec over the Order of the Solar Temple cult.

Members of the cult were involved in two mass suicides in the last two years that claimed 69 lives in Quebec, France and Switzerland. Now come rumours that another mass suicide is planned in the Laurentians this summer. Police are now probing the rumours.

The cult has attracted many members from among Hydro-Quebec’s employees. An internal Hydro inquiry found that the utility had paid one of the cult’s leaders $4,400 to give lectures on worker productivity and that 15 employees had links to the cult, including high-level managers.

Natural Resources Minister Guy Chevrette has ordered Hydro to conduct a second inquiry after a former employee made comments linking the utility to the Solar Temple cult.