Politics and its Discontents: An Awakening Public?

I certainly applaud the spirit of this Star letter: As the mayors of the GTA come together to ask for funds to clean up from the recent ice storm, I hope that they will recognize the likelihood that this disaster and recent GTA floods were “acts of man.” While most climate change scientists, conservative as ...

Politics and its Discontents: Aren’t We Asking The Wrong Questions?

Newspapers currently abound with stories of the toll taken by the bitterly cold weather that has taken hold of a good part of the continent, followed closely by tales of the perennial ‘blame game.’ For example, countless numbers have railed against the decision to close Pearson Airport in Toronto for more than eight hours, prompting ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Ice Storm Question

As another wave of bitterly cold weather rolls across the East, across Ontario to the Maritimes.And Stephen Harper continues his Great Comeback Tour 2014, in balmy British Columbia. One question still haunts me: Why did he turn his back on a million Eastern Canadians left freezing in the dark during the big ice storm? Was it mental ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Betrayal

The other day I wrote about how Stephen Harper had betrayed the people of Central and Eastern Canada.By shrugging off the suffering of an estimated one MILLION Canadians who lost power during that massive ice storm, and were left freezing in the dark for DAYS.Treating it like it was nothing, just like his Con buddy ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Great Ice Storm Mistake

This is what Toronto looked like this evening from the Island ferry. The sky clearing, the ice breaking up in the bay. Glowing in the setting sun like a city whose nightmare is over. Except for the huge chunks of ice threatening to slide off buildings and smash into the streets below, and for all the ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Force of Destruction

It's almost unbelievable that a Canadian Prime Minister could ignore the suffering of so many.But six days after a massive ice storm struck, and although tens of thousands of people are still without power from Ontario to New Brunswick.This is all Stephen Harper has had to say…or TWEET…since the crisis began.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Big Ice Storm Power Grab

As Toronto woke up to a scene of devastation with more than a quarter of a million people without power, one man was missing in action.And you can guess who that was eh?The Mayor in Name Only. As city officials, staff and cleanup crews worked to repair the havoc caused by an icy storm, Mayor Rob Ford ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Ice Storm 2013

As of this writing, there are still hundreds of thousands of people without power in Toronto and the GTA from the massive icestorm that hit this area between Friday and Sunday. In my particular neck of the woods, we were fortunate in that we “only” got about 12 hrs worth of freezing rain, and the ...

Montreal Simon: The Ice Storm, the Cons, And My Awesome People

When I heard the freezing rain tap tapping against my bedroom window the other night I feared the worst. It brought back memories of The Great Ice Storm of 1998, and I wouldn't want to live through something like that again. But when morning came I saw I was lucky. The storm had only sideswiped the waterfront. ...