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Aristotleded24

I'll tolerate a brief blast of Arctic air every December because that is what is needed to make the Assiniboine and Red Rivers safe to skate on. The ice on those rivers is now thick and solid and has been for at least a week. The cold air has done it's job, it can now move along and I will happily skate through -5 temperatures from now through to mid-April.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

So cold this morning! Not leaving the house today. 

6079_Smith_W

At least it will teach the kids to wear their hats and mitts if they don't want to wind up looking like barn cats.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

Thing 1 took the bus home last night against my advice - was glad I gifted her a long, hooded down parka this winter, or she'd have been frost bitten. 

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

It was so cold in Toronto today that at Queen's Park, people were seen huddling around Kathleen Wynne for warmth.

(this joke made from 100% post-consumer recycled material)

lagatta4

Timebandit, you'd have preferred to have her walk home in that weather?

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

No, I wanted her to take a cab! Bus service is okay here, but not super reliable. 

NDPP

No Room In The Shelters During Toronto's Christmas Cold Snap

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/29/no-room-in-the-shelters-during-t...

"In spite of the two votes by city council calling for 90% or less shelter occupancy for people without homes, Toronto bureaucrats with strong backing from Mayor John Tory are running a system effectively over %100 capacity. There is an increasingly real danger that multiple people may be found frozen to death..."

"Yes, we are aware of 2 people who died outside late Nov/early Dec. The media hasn't reported either of them. Likely other frontline workers know of other recent deaths connected to lack of homes..."

https://twitter.com/cathycrowe/status/948063120244772864

mayor_tory@toronto.ca

Barbaric and shameful indifference.

lagatta4

Yes, it is horrible. Many people have died. Not all are technically "homeless" others are isolated etc.

NDPP

Let Frozen Iguanas Lie: Floridians Attacked By Newly-Thawed Reptiles

https://on.rt.com/8we0

"Something of an iguanapocalypse is happening in South Florida..."

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Quote:
In spite of the two votes by city council calling for 90% or less shelter occupancy for people without homes, Toronto bureaucrats with strong backing from Mayor John Tory are running a system effectively over %100 capacity. There is an increasingly real danger that multiple people may be found frozen to death...

26 people sheltered at Moss Park armoury Saturday night

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The newly-opened Moss Park armoury saw 26 people during the night Sunday, and can hold a maximum of 100. The Better Living Centre, which can house 200 people, had 160 drop-ins.

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The City also announced that it would close the Wellesley Community Centre warming service, which was also opened as an emergency overflow space.

The Wellesley Community Centre only saw one person during the night, so “the facility will be returned to its primary purpose of community-based programming,” the release said.

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At 4 a.m. Sunday, the Metro Hall warming centre saw 35 people while the Regent Park Community Centre saw 67. The capacity at Regent Park is 180.

It's a good thing to have far more spaces than are needed -- it was -20C here last night! -- but I can't help wondering how this constitutes "effectively over %100 capacity".  Can someone do the math for us?

lagatta4

That is rather horrifically cold for Toronto...

Aristotleded24

Groundhog says 6 more weeks of winter.

lagatta4

Here the contrary would be surprising.  Though in 2012, the weather was on the students' side.

I can't find the old "what are you doing?" thread. I'm detangling my hair - a long process if I let it go.  My hair is very curly-kinky. I'm finishing a long translation; I'll also be making duck empanadas.

Did the GTA get the storm? Here, unless there is a crisis we get only eastern Ontario on the regular weather report; Ottawa and Gatineau have been clobbered and there are several cartoons about "the Tempest"... the storm and the cabinet kerfuffle.

Livia has cabin fever.

WWWTT

Yes freezing rain snow mix. Same shit continuing last couple weeks. 

Mobo2000

In the GTA, the storm was bad yesterday but just light snow now.   Schools were closed yesterday, my kid had his first snow day ever, and didn't get out of pajamas until 3 o'clock.  Good times!

MegB

Here in SW Ontario we've had rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and a whack of snow over a 24 hour period. The weather's been incredibly unstable for weeks now. 

lagatta4

Yes, of course on average you have milder winters than we do, but the weather has been terribly unstable everywhere, I think throughout northeastern North America.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

We've just had lots of serious cold. We've had some actual -40 - which is not super unusual during a cold snap, but the usual normals when that was happening is around -12. We've had prolonged periods of -20s and lower over January and February. -9 yesterday felt mild. Looking forward to the weather breaking, but it looks like negative double digits for the next couple of weeks yet.

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Snow day? My kid stood up, looked out the window at all the snow, grinned widely and shouted "Thank you! Thank you mother nature! I love you!" Later we baked some muffins and made some Valentine's cards. And the snow is perfect for shovelling: mediation meets exercise. It's good inside these walls of ice. 

lagatta4

Well, I'm grumpy this morning. I was running an errand very close by, lost my footing on what must have been liquid water under snow and ice, and fell squarely on my tail, on ice, not nice soft snow. I ache all over; obviously lower back but also a bad leg cramp (which has gone away) and in other places from bracing myself.

shartal@rogers.com

snow, warmer, cold night, freeze, everything is ice and we fall. Thus is winter in Toronto. Oh I forgot the wind, it hurts

 

Aristotleded24

So sorry to hear of the weather our Eastern friends are enduring. Rain, changing to snow, back to freezing rain, back to snow, and on and on. Yes, it's been much colder here in Winnipeg, but at least the straight cold doesn't leave behind the mess that the changing precipitation does. I actually prefer that to constant flipping back and forth.

lagatta4

Lovely weather today though. Sunny, not too cold. I'm feeling better.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

Lagatta, hope you recover quickly! Sounds like a nasty spill. 

lagatta4

Yes, at least I seem to be solid-state. And no, I wasn't in my cups...

The healing power of purrs helped. Livia was very upset that I was groaning. En la madrugada (the wee hours, but I love the Spanish word) I woke up a bit and realised that my head was lying against her small purring body. She gave me nose-bumps too.

I cleared the snow off my back (garden) balcony and she has been spending a bit of time outside. She'd put on a bit of weight and it is good if she can get some exercise. Oh, she's not "fat", but she is so small that any excess makes her look like a little ball.

swallow swallow's picture

Stay well lagatta.

Pondering

Sorry to hear that Lagatta. I hope you recover quickly. My block is bad too. I count myself lucky I can still get outside. The people in my building using wheelchairs and walkers can't get out at all. 

WWWTT

Hope you recover quickly lagatta!  I’m in Buckhorn ON now. Lots of snow with ice underneath. Probably fell twice or three times cleaning the driveway. Easy slips and falls so not bad so far. 

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