winter closing in

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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

Quote:
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...

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