One more winter weather rant

One more winter weather rant

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Weather at this time of year is either sunny and (very) cold or milder – that is relatively milder – and cloudy. It would be easy to say pick your poison, but we don’t get to choose our weather. We do, however, get to choose how we appreciate it.

You could resolve to spend the better part of our six-month long winters indoors. Jobs that make telecommuting available would allow for that plan. If you were retired, staying indoors at length would also be a possibility.

The problem, though, is the inevitable occurrence of “cabin fever”. That’s the miserable mood that descends on any individual who spends too much time indoors. We have to therefore brave the challenging weather at some point, even if it means heading purposefully to the nearby convenience store for a few must-have supplies.

Canada leads most developed countries in the use of electronic communication – phoning and texting. It has to be because it is a convenient method for maintaining social relations during long, forbidding winters.

As if last winter’s ice storm and the subsequent power failures that left hundreds of thousands shivering in their homes had not been enough,…

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The TTC, the mentally ill man and the police

The TTC, the mentally ill man and the police

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By PAT WATSON

The subway train had already been sitting for more than 10 minutes when this commuter got on. Almost immediately, there came these words of warning from another commuter already in the train: “Don’t go into the third car. Someone in there is causing a disruption and hitting people.”

 

A look toward the third car revealed no particular activity, except a man in a red jacket standing in the aisle, looking somewhat lost. Other people continued to board the detained subway train while over the loudspeaker system could be heard one of the standard announcements that there was a delay at this particular station because of a passenger disruption.

 

The TTC was having a mental health issue.

 

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Oil price drop sticker shock in reverse

 

Oil price drop sticker shock in reverse

By PAT WATSON

 

Remember when it seemed the whole motoring world was turned upside down when the price of a litre of gas went above one dollar? Then once that reality sank in, the figure edged seemingly ever upward. Not so these days. This week gas was posted at 92.9 cents per litre and in some places as low as 86.9 cents per litre.

 

There is a saying in the news business that what is good for business is bad for people and what is good for people is bad for business. The prediction for people is that they will save more than $500 in the coming year if the price of oil continues to go down.

 

Oil is like the blood that flows through the veins of the world economy. The world has become far too dependent on oil in just about every area of modern life. Any heavy dependency, to the point of not being able to function unless taking in the substance, could be defined as a type of addiction. If the rise or fall in the price of a singular consumer product can have such a significant effect throughout the world, we really are in a tough spot, even as we depend on oil to create all kinds of comforts. We have to ask ourselves: is it really worth it?

 

It’s easy to think it is when a person is on a bus in Toronto and needs to get to work or to a medical appointment. It’s easy to think so if…

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