Weathertainment – The Snowstorm Apocalypse

Who would have thought – a snowstorm in Toronto. In the Winter; no less!

Jumped out of bed this morning at my usual five AM – looked out the living room window, and there it was – SNOW! Not that I was surprised of course, since the Weather Channel, the Toronto Star newspaper, and virtually every form of new media imaginable, has been intent, in the past few days, on cranking up my fear index to new heights.

In Toronto, Twitter is currently abuzz with the likes of this – RosaHwangCTV @RosaHwangCTV – Miserable in #Toronto. Worst snowstorm in years. Anyone who tweets today about sunny weather where they live, I’m unfollowing. #TOstorm – which leads me to conclude, that Rosa needs to get a life.

Perhaps Rosa’s Twitter followers might prompt her to come to grips with the nuts and bolts of a Canadian Winter. And, help her to understand that her views are in sharp contrast to the not so mythical “rugged Canadian” who by all accounts, does not live in Toronto. Toronto, it seems is reserved for pussies.

Not to be outdone – The Star newspaper ramps up the angst  with this – Send us your snowstorm photos, tales of woe – “tales of woe” no less.

How is it, that Torontonians became a pitiful bunch of whiners and complainers over a rather natural event – snow in Winter? Where have the days gone when we embraced winter (as we should) and snow, for what it had to offer?

Where have the days gone when each of us made sensible preparations for snow events? Or, the days when we strapped on a pair of cross- country skis and frolicked through the neighbourhood following a major snow storm. The days when we celebrated the shutting down of life’s intensity for a brief respite.

Roosevelt didn’t have it quite right when he mused “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” No, it’s more than fear that we need to fear. As well, we need to fear the professional fear mongers.

Long gone are the days when we could trust the media (the new fear mongers), to provide us with relatively unbiased concrete data, designed to inform and educate. We now live in an environment in which so called “news”, is coloured and flavoured to meet the needs of the bottom line.

Truth, and accuracy be damned – potential sales, potential readership/viewers, drives the corporate wagon. And fear, is often the man holding the reins.

Rick Mercer – one of Canada’s premier comics – well know for his charming wit and social consciousness – covers the weather fear issue nicely, in his 2007  “Rick Mercer Rant – Canadian Weather.”

It’s worth a watch –even if you’re not Canadian.   Smile

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13 responses to “Weathertainment – The Snowstorm Apocalypse

  1. Dave

    I’m the same way! Saw all that snow this morning, then heard about a possible storm coming!! Growing up in T.O. 60 yrs ago we got used to the hype & scaremongers LOL! Now we got Canadian Tire & Timmies, so we should be OK, eh?

    • Hi Dave,

      You and I are at the same stage in life and I’m sure you remember trudging to school – no matter the weather. It was just expected. And, in many cases, it was no short distance. Were we just tougher then?

      You’re right though – Timmies and Canadian Tire will make things all right. :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. delenn13

    Hi Bill,

    Love Rick…

    I don’t think this is Canadian…but it made me laugh. Bread & Milk – YouTube. Ironically, it’s the same for a hurricane….NTM, lumber and eggs. The egg or milk thing I never understood because your electric usually goes off. Guess that is why I called us real Floridians..Floridiots.

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Damn – I hurt myself I laughed so hard. Hard to believe it’s possible to get that message across in 29 seconds and, using only 8 words. Hilarious.

      Thanks for that (I can’t believe I’m still laughing). Too much!

      Best,

      Bill

  3. LOL Bill. :-)

    Having lived in your beautiful country for nine years, I can attest to the severe winters you have over there. I can also say I have nothing but admiration for how Canadians ‘just get on with it’ when there’s one of those media ‘snow events’. You’re a hardy bunch.

    I’m back in England now, and I still shudder every time I see a flake of snow. I watch the shennangins with amusement, when I see how this country grinds to a halt with two inches of snow. I saw feet of the stuff over there, and you just smile and carry on as if nothing untoward is happening.

    We’re all pussies over here, when it comes to weather, compared to you Canadians and the Russians.

    We have a bit of snow forecast for the weekend; you’d think the end of the world was coming!

    By the way, I think Rick Mercer is great, as are The Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, Gordon Pinsent, Maple Syrup and the beautiful Diana Swain. ;-)

    Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      Let me start with Diana Swain (that’s a request to a higher power – not a comment :) ) Yeah, Mercer and the rest are absolutely terrific.

      You’re right – Canadians do seem to, as you say, to – “just get on with it when there’s one of those media ‘snow events’”. Except for Toronto, where the gnashing of teeth seems to accompany every snowflake.

      Years ago, I dated a young woman who lived on a horse farm and often, following a storm, she would hitch up a pair to a Sleight and off we’d go through the fields. That experience was one of life’s great joys. Today, the closest people get to that experience is singing Jingle Bells. Sad really.

      This weekend will be your perfect opportunity to show those blighters, just how an ex-Newfoundlander handles a couple of inches of snow. Perfect! :)

      Best,

      Bill

  4. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    And I thought the Brits were the worst weatherphobes! Everone here complains if any snow (as you say, a natural phenomenon) causes disruption. In our modern culture of blame, someone has to be responsible for any problems; someone else, that is. The result is that anyone who might be held accountable overreacts. This includes weather forecasters, airport authorities, highways agencies, school head teachers, and the dear old media.

    I imagine that appreciable snowfalls are much less frequent here than in Toronto, and I guess that’s your point; people there should not be surprised that it happens in winter.

    Our next snow is forecast for Sunday. Could be as much as 10cm (shock horror!). I’ve had winter tyres on the car since December. My snow shovel and spikey overshoes are to hand. The grit bin is full. What’s the betting the snow bypasses us? If it doesn’t, I’m bound to see plenty of examples of my pet peeve; a55holes who clear a 2ft square patch on their winscreen and think that’s adequate.

    Nurse! It’s time for my treatment…

    Stay safe, Bill (hope I’m not scaring you by that :).

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      Everything you say is true – most especially the nincompoops who figure that if they can see straight ahead through their 2ft square patch then, the cosmos is in perfect balance. It’s a weird world, huh?

      Barman – it’s time to fill it up again. Make it a double and hold the ice. :)

      Best,

      Bill

  5. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    No snow here in the Riverina, NSW. 40 degrees Celsius today, locked inside with airconditioners going and the place shut up dark. Even when it’s winter here, we don’t get no snow. Just cold. Come back cold, I am sick of the heat.
    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      Every summer, we get the “damn it’s too hot” crowd – until that is, they get reminded to think back on the previous January. It’s amazing how that works. :)

      Best,

      Bill

  6. Stay safe! In 6 month this will all be forgotten.