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  29. <title>Why has it been so cold? Here&#8217;s what science says</title>
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  37. <description><![CDATA[© Patrick Doyle/ReutersWhile the United States and Canada have been in the deep freeze, the rest of the globe has &#8230;]]></description>
  38. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href=""><img src="" alt="" width="610" height="362" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2781" /></a> © Patrick Doyle/ReutersWhile the United States and Canada have been in the deep freeze, the rest of the globe has been toastier than normal. </p>
  39. <p>Whitehorse was warmer than Toronto on Tuesday. The weather in North America is upside down.</p>
  40. <p>That&#8217;s because the Arctic&#8217;s deeply frigid weather escaped its regular atmospheric jail, which traps the worst cold. It then meandered south to the central and eastern part of the continent.</p>
  41. <p>And this has been happening more often in recent times, scientists say.</p>
  42. <p>When is this all going to end and what the heck is a &#8220;bomb cyclone&#8221; anyway? CBC Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe answered your questions in an interactive live stream.</p>
  43. <p>Why is it so cold?<br />
  44. Super cold air is normally locked up in the Arctic in the polar vortex, which is a gigantic circular weather pattern around the North Pole. A strong polar vortex keeps that cold air hemmed in.</p>
  45. <p>&#8220;Then when it weakens, it causes like a dam to burst,&#8221; and the cold air heads south, said Judah Cohen, a winter storm expert for Atmospheric Environmental Research, a commercial firm outside Boston.</p>
  46. <p>&#8220;This is not record-breaking for [northern] Canada or Alaska or northern Siberia, it&#8217;s just misplaced,&#8221; said Cohen, who had forecast a colder than normal winter for much of the U.S.</p>
  47. <p>Is this unusual?<br />
  48. Yes, but more for how long — about 10 days — the cold has lasted, than how cold it has been. </p>
  49. <p>That said, on New Year&#8217;s Eve, record lows were measured in communities across Canada, including Lethbridge and Claresholm in Alberta and Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo and Trenton in Ontario, as temperatures dipped to dangerous levels in parts of Quebec. </p>
  50. <p>In Waskaganish, a Cree community on the southeast shore of James Bay, it got as cold as –45.2 C and in the Far North, residents of La Grande Rivière saw the thermometer hit –48.2 C.</p>
  51. <p>Meanwhile, more than 1,600 U.S. daily records for cold were tied or broken in the last week of December, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.</p>
  52. <p>For Greg Carbin of the National Weather Service&#8217;s Weather Prediction Center, the most meaningful statistics are how last week&#8217;s average temperature was the second coldest in more than a century of record-keeping for Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Kansas City, third coldest in Pittsburgh and fifth coldest in New York City.</p>
  53. <p>Is it just North America?<br />
  54. Pretty much. While the United States and Canada have been in the deep freeze, the rest of the globe has been toastier than normal. The globe as a whole was 0.5 C (0.9 degrees F) warmer than normal Tuesday and the Arctic was more than 3.4 C (6 degrees F) warmer than normal, according to the University of Maine Climate Change Institute&#8217;s analysis.</p>
  55. <p>What&#8217;s next?<br />
  56. For now, in parts of Canada, it has warmed up a little bit and extreme cold warnings have been lifted in places like Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London.</p>
  57. <p>But the cold will continue and could actually worsen for much of the East Coast this weekend because of a monster storm that&#8217;s brewing in the Atlantic and Caribbean, what meteorologists are calling a &#8220;snow hurricane&#8221; or &#8220;bomb cyclone.&#8221;</p>
  58. <p>In Atlantic Canada, it&#8217;s expected to bring a messy mix of rain, ice pellets and a whole lot of snow and strong winds on Thursday. </p>
  59. <p>When is this all going to end and what the heck is a &#8220;bomb cyclone&#8221; anyway? CBC Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe answered your questions in an interactive live stream.</p>
  60. <p>Replay on YouTube: <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank"></a></p>
  61. <p>Or on Facebook: <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank"></a></p>
  62. <p>Forecasters didn&#8217;t think the storm would hit the U.S. East Coast, keeping most of the snow and worst winds over open ocean, although parts of the Northeast are still likely to get high winds, waves and some snow.</p>
  63. <p>The science behind the &#8216;weather bomb&#8217; heading toward the Maritimes<br />
  64. &#8220;For the Northeast, this weekend might be the coldest of the coldest with the storm,&#8221; said Jason Furtado, a University of Oklahoma meteorology professor. &#8220;We could be ending (the cold snap) with a big hurrah.&#8221;</p>
  65. <p>What makes the polar vortex move?<br />
  66. This is an area of hot debate and research among scientists and probably is a mix of human-caused climate change and natural variability, said Furtado. Climate change hasn&#8217;t made the polar vortex more extreme, but it probably is making it move more, which makes the weather seem more extreme, he said.</p>
  67. <p>A recent study by Potsdam Institute climate scientist Marlene Kretschmer found the polar vortex has weakened and meandered more often since 1990, but that study focused more on Europe. Ongoing research shows that there seems to be a similar connection for more frequent Arctic cold snaps like what the U.S. is now experiencing, Kretschmer said.</p>
  68. <p>How can it be so cold with global warming?<br />
  69. Don&#8217;t confuse weather — which is a few days or weeks in one region — with climate, which is over years and decades and global. Weather is like a person&#8217;s mood, which changes frequently, while climate is like someone&#8217;s personality, which is more long-term, Furtado said.</p>
  70. <p>&#8220;A few cold days doesn&#8217;t disprove climate change,&#8221; Furtado said. &#8220;That&#8217;s just silly. Just like a couple down days on the stock market doesn&#8217;t mean the economy is going into the trash.&#8221;</p>
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  76. <title>Niagara Falls a winter wonderland during frigid weather</title>
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  79. <pubDate>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:18:07 +0000</pubDate>
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  86. <description><![CDATA[The Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the region&#8217;s star attraction, has seen more visitors than usual this winter, the Niagara &#8230;]]></description>
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  88. The Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the region&#8217;s star attraction, has seen more visitors than usual this winter, the Niagara Parks Commission says, as record cold temperatures in recent weeks have turned the surging waters and their surroundings into an icy winter wonderland.</p>
  89. <p>&#8220;This has been wonderful,&#8221; parks commission chair Janice Thomson said. &#8220;Just in the past week we&#8217;ve seen (such a) flow of people.&#8221;</p>
  90. <p>Word of the wintry spectacle has spread across the globe in recent days as stories about the icy falls have been published by the likes of CNN, the Washington Post, BBC and news outlets in continental Europe.</p>
  91. <p>Many visitors hear the falls have frozen and want to see the mighty flow of water brought to a standstill, Thomson said.</p>
  92. <p>&#8220;Of course we know the falls aren&#8217;t frozen over,&#8221; Thomson noted.</p>
  93. <p>Rather, spray and mist freeze into a crust over top of the water, creating the illusion that the falls have stopped falling, she explained.</p>
  94. <p>Niagara Falls has only truly stopped once, the Niagara Parks Commission says — for 30 hours in March 1848, when millions of tons of ice temporarily clogged the source of the Niagara River.</p>
  95. <p>While the falls aren&#8217;t truly frozen today, the effect is still stunning, and the same mist that freezes over the falls has formed an icy casing over every tree branch, railing and lamppost in the surrounding area.</p>
  96. <p>Huge blocks of ice are pushed over the falls and into the frigid waters below, where they swirl in whirlpools or freeze into a glacier-like &#8220;ice bridge&#8221; that sometimes reaches 10 storeys high.</p>
  97. <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s amazing,&#8221; said Australian Maya Oxley, who is in Canada visiting relatives and made a trip to the falls this week.</p>
  98. <p>Oxley said she saw the falls in winter 14 years ago and had to come back.<br />
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  100. <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s beautiful in winter, and not many crowds,&#8221; she said.</p>
  101. <p>For Ariana Durgadeen, who was visiting from Trinidad with her mother, the ice was an introduction both to Niagara Falls and to a real Canadian winter.</p>
  102. <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m really enjoying it so far, except the wind,&#8221; Durgadeen said. &#8220;It&#8217;s a bit cold but really nice and beautiful.&#8221;</p>
  103. <p>About eight million people stop by the Niagara Parks Commission&#8217;s paid attractions around the falls every year. Less than a million of them come in the winter time, Thomson said.</p>
  104. <p>While the cold weather means visitors can&#8217;t ride a boat on the Niagara River to get close to the falls, tourists in the winter can still take the Journey Behind the Falls, a tunnel with two portals behind the falls.</p>
  105. <p>Winter visitors can also take advantage of indoor attractions like the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, or Niagara&#8217;s Fury, a 360-degree &#8220;multi-sensory&#8221; theatre where visitors learn about the ancient origins of the falls.</p>
  106. <p>&#8220;(Niagara Falls) is a different, unique experience in winter,&#8221; Thomson said.</p>
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  112. <title>Real weather term &#8220;bomb&#8221; blows up on social media</title>
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  115. <pubDate>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:50:59 +0000</pubDate>
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  120. <description><![CDATA[© Provided by WASHINGTON &#8211; When it comes to weather, it&#8217;s hard to sound scarier than &#8220;bomb cyclone.&#8221; It&#8217;s &#8230;]]></description>
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  122. <p>WASHINGTON &#8211; When it comes to weather, it&#8217;s hard to sound scarier than &#8220;bomb cyclone.&#8221;</p>
  123. <p>It&#8217;s a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm that pulled together Wednesday off the U.S. Southeast coast. But as fearsome as the storm is with high winds and some snow, it may not be quite as explosive as the term sounds.</p>
  124. <p>Meteorologists have used the term &#8220;bomb&#8221; for storms for decades, based on a strict definition, said University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Jason Furtado.</p>
  125. <p>After it showed it showed up in a Washington Post story on Tuesday, the weather geek term took on a life of its own on social media. The same thing happened four years ago with &#8220;polar vortex,&#8221; another long-used weather term that was little known to the public until then.</p>
  126. <p>&#8220;Bombogenesis is the technical term. Bomb cyclone is a shortened version of it, better for social media,&#8221; said Weather.US meteorologist Ryan Maue, who helped popularize polar vortex in 2014.</p>
  127. <p>&#8220;The actual impacts aren&#8217;t going to be a bomb at all,&#8221; Maue said. &#8220;There&#8217;s nothing exploding or detonating.&#8221;<br />
  128. <img src="" alt="" width="500" height="281" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2717" /><br />
  129. Storm intensity is measured by central pressure — the lower the pressure, the stronger. A storm is considered a &#8220;bomb&#8221; when the pressure drops rapidly — at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.</p>
  130. <p>This storm looks like it will intensify at twice that rate, said Bob Oravec, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service&#8217;s Weather Prediction Center.</p>
  131. <p>So far, the storm has dumped freak snow on the Southeast. It&#8217;s aiming for the Northeast, where the snow forecast for Thursday isn&#8217;t that big a deal, Furtado and others said. The worst of this storm will stay out to sea. What is going to be bigger is the high winds — gusts exceeding 60 mph — and the bitter cold that follows, they said.</p>
  132. <p>Bomb cyclones draw air from polar regions after they leave. In this case, it means extra cold Arctic air because of where the polar vortex is, Furtado said.</p>
  133. <p>Worldwide, about 40 to 50 &#8220;bomb cyclones&#8221; brew each year, but most are over open ocean and nobody but weather geeks notice, Maue said.</p>
  134. <p>&#8220;We use the term bomb,&#8221; Furtado said. &#8220;We know what it means, but I do think it gets a little hyped up.&#8221;</p>
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  140. <title>Trudeau begins town hall series tonight</title>
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  148. <description><![CDATA[© Provided by HALIFAX &#8211; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins a new series of town hall meetings in Nova &#8230;]]></description>
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  150. <p>HALIFAX &#8211; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins a new series of town hall meetings in Nova Scotia on Tuesday night.</p>
  151. <p>He will hold a public town hall at Sackville High School in the Halifax suburb of Lower Sackville starting at 7 p.m.</p>
  152. <p>Trudeau told Halifax&#8217;s News 95.7 radio station these events allow Canadians to ask questions and &#8220;challenge&#8221; their prime minister about whatever issues they want.</p>
  153. <p>&#8220;Absolutely no vetting. It&#8217;s open to anyone who shows up at Sackville High,&#8221; he said.</p>
  154. <p>He said the town halls have become a regular staple of his annual schedule, and they have had an impact on policy decisions.</p>
  155. <p>&#8220;Sometimes in the bubble in Ottawa, we get wrapped up in things that aren&#8217;t resonating and aren&#8217;t really top of mind for a lot of Canadians, and that&#8217;s why &#8230; staying active and connected with folks in their communities is one of the most important things we can do,&#8221; he said.</p>
  156. <p>It&#8217;s expected to be the first in a series of such gatherings across the country. Trudeau is scheduled to be at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., on Wednesday afternoon. Then he will head west.</p>
  157. <p>A Nova Scotia mother who says she isn&#8217;t getting enough help to care for her severely autistic son hopes to make her case to the prime minister at Tuesday&#8217;s town hall.</p>
  158. <p>Carly Sutherland says she&#8217;ll lobby Trudeau to establish a national autism plan. Asked about that on News 95.7, Trudeau avoided the question but said Ottawa already does a lot on autism.</p>
  159. <p>Also Tuesday, supporters of Abdoul Abdi, a 23-year-old former child refugee who is facing deportation to Somalia, plan a rally outside the town hall. Trudeau told the radio station he didn&#8217;t want to talk about specific cases, but said Canadians are glad to know we have a rules-based system that treats everyone fairly.</p>
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  165. <title>Rejoice! Toronto’s deep freeze is about to end</title>
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  167. <pubDate>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:35:45 +0000</pubDate>
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  172. <description><![CDATA[© Steve Russell See that on the horizon? It&#8217;s the sun, coming to (finally) warm Toronto up. Almost two weeks &#8230;]]></description>
  173. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href=""><img src="" alt="" width="610" height="362" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2762" /></a>  © Steve Russell See that on the horizon? It&#8217;s the sun, coming to (finally) warm Toronto up.</p>
  174. <p>Almost two weeks have passed since Toronto was first gripped by extreme cold on Christmas Day.</p>
  175. <p>If you’re worried you’ll never feel warm again, don’t despair, this frozen nightmare will soon come to an end.</p>
  176. <p>Environment Canada said the cold snap will finally dissipate by Sunday afternoon, and “a much milder week is expected.”</p>
  177. <p>Nonetheless, the forecaster is urging GTA residents to keep their parkas around Sunday morning, as “an Arctic ridge of high pressure continues to bring cold temperatures and brisk northwesterly winds to Southern Ontario,” as well as wind chill temperatures as low as -35 C.</p>
  178. <p>Sunday will see a high of -5 C though, which is still a few degrees below seasonal norms but arguably much more pleasant than the recent double-digit deep freeze.</p>
  179. <p>The rest of the week will be even more delightful, as the temperature breaches the subzero mark for the first time in weeks.</p>
  180. <p>Monday will have a high of 1 C and flurries, so prepare for a potentially slushy commute, and Tuesday will have a high of 0 C, though the overnight low will dip back down to -9 C.</p>
  181. <p>Wednesday’s weather will also hover around the freezing mark at 1 C and a 40- to 60-percent chance of a mix of rain and snow throughout the day.</p>
  182. <p>Thursday is when the real fun starts — it might feel like summer as a high of 4 C and rain is expected.</p>
  183. <p>Enjoy the warmth while it lasts though because the mercury is predicted to drop back down to -5 C by Friday.</p>
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  187. <title>Queen Elizabeth describes the Crown Jewels as &#8216;not very comfortable&#8217;</title>
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  194. <description><![CDATA[© Provided by TIME Inc. The Crown Jewels worn by Queen Elizabeth II may be sparkling and beautiful, but as &#8230;]]></description>
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  196. <p>The Crown Jewels worn by Queen Elizabeth II may be sparkling and beautiful, but as she says in this clip from the Smithsonian Channel’s upcoming documentary, The Coronation, in which she makes a rare candid speaking appearance, “there are some disadvantages” to it.</p>
  197. <p>“It’s only sprung on leather — not very comfortable,” the 91-year-old, record-breaking royal says of the item she wore only once, at age 25 on her coronation day nearly 65 years ago. Later, she notes, “there are some disadvantages to the crowns, but otherwise, they’re quite important things.”</p>
  198. <p>The Crown Jewels is part of the Royal Collection, which consists of 140 items and contains 23,000 precious stones. The headgear, known as St. Edward’s Crown, was destroyed after the English Civil War and remade for the Coronation of Charles II in 1661. The one-hour TV special, which airs on Jan. 14, traces its history and sees Her Majesty looking back and sharing memories of that fateful day on June 2, 1952, as well as the coronation ceremony of her father King George VI in 1937.</p>
  199. <p>“I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” she says. “It’s the sort of the beginning of one’s life, really, as a sovereign.</p>
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  203. <title>Stay off the roads if you can, SQ warns as extreme cold and blowing snow return to Montreal</title>
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  214. <description><![CDATA[Cars are shrouded in blowing snow as they exit Highway 20 at St-Jean Blve. in Pointe-Claire on Friday, Jan. 5, &#8230;]]></description>
  215. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href=""><img src="" alt="" width="497" height="362" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2755" /></a>  Cars are shrouded in blowing snow as they exit Highway 20 at St-Jean Blve. in Pointe-Claire on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. </p>
  216. <p>After a nearly two-day reprieve, Montreal is again enveloped in an extreme cold warning, courtesy of Environment Canada.</p>
  217. <p>The city had been under an extreme cold warning from Dec. 27 until Jan. 3 — one of the longest cold snaps recorded here. During part of the reprieve, a smog warning had hung over its residents.</p>
  218. <p>In addition to the deep freeze — minus-20 Celsius (but 15 degrees below that with the wind chill) — blowing snow pummelled Montrealers like little ice bullets. Light and blowing snow were expected to continue through the night with a low of minus-23 C overnight, then hopefully crawling up to minus-19 C on Saturday.</p>
  219. <p>The Sûreté du Québec encouraged people to stay off highways, if they can, as blowing snow is affecting visibility. </p>
  220. <p>“If you can stay at home, stay at home,” SQ spokesperson Louis-Philippe Bibeau said Friday morning. He encouraged drivers to slow down and maintain their distance.</p>
  221. <p>Drivers should turn their lights on during the day in these conditions, Bibeau said. While daytime running lights are turned on automatically, rear lights won’t come on unless they’re turned on. Having those rear lights on will help vehicles be seen by other drivers in the blowing snow, he said.</p>
  222. <p>Bibeau said there were a few overnight collisions on roadways patrolled by the SQ in the Montreal area, however there were no serious injuries or deaths. </p>
  223. <p>Montreal police are also warning drivers to be cautious, due to the slippery roads and reduced visibility. </p>
  224. <p>Temperatures are expected to let up by Monday, with a forecast high of minus-4 C, and even moreso on Tuesday, at minus-2 C. The snow is likely to continue in the Montreal area until Tuesday.</p>
  225. <p>At Montreal’s Trudeau airport Friday, more than two dozen flights scheduled to leave or arrive were cancelled.</p>
  226. <p>The majority of those flights are to, or from, East Coast destinations like Halifax, Fredericton, New York and Boston. </p>
  227. <p>Flight status can also be checked on the Aéroports de Montréal website,</p>
  228. <p>Meanwhile in the Maritimes, tens of thousands of people woke up in the dark Friday morning after a ferocious storm blasted through Atlantic Canada, flooding coastal roads, battering sailboats and downing trees with hurricane-force winds.</p>
  229. <p>Nova Scotia Power says 125,000 customers were without electricity in an area that stretched from one end of the province to the other after winds gusting to 140 kilometres an hour whipped through the region late Thursday and into Friday.</p>
  230. <p>In New Brunswick, more than 130 outages were affecting 11,000 customers throughout the province that was also hit with heavy snowfall, while P.E.I. was also largely in the dark.</p>
  231. <p>The Canadian Press contributed to this report</p>
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  235. <title>A brief history of the bone-chilling cold snaps of Toronto’s past</title>
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  242. <description><![CDATA[© Provided by Toronto Star A tank rolls through downtown Toronto streets after mayor Mel Lastman called in the army &#8230;]]></description>
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  244. © Provided by Toronto Star A tank rolls through downtown Toronto streets after mayor Mel Lastman called in the army to help with snow removal after an overnight snowstorm on Jan. 14, 1999.</p>
  245. <p>Torontonians love complaining about the cold. It seems as though the weather is almost all we talk about during the winter. These past few weeks have been bitterly cold, a number of alerts about extreme cold weather have been issued and temperature records have been shattered. But this winter isn’t the only one where Mother Nature has given Toronto the cold shoulder.</p>
  246. <p>Headlines today about record-setting temperatures are quite similar to those in 1917. The Toronto Star ran the headline “Mercury hits 17 below, colder yet is probable” and it was reported on Dec. 29 that the “official weather gauge at the Observatory” recorded -17 C which was the coldest day since Jan. 13, 1914 when it was -22 C.</p>
  247. <p>On Feb. 5, 1918, the Star reported that the thermometer read -20 C, but some parts of Toronto felt closer to -30 C. Railway officials said trains were up to 12 hours delayed and warned that other trips might be cancelled if the weather didn’t let up. Coal was being delivered to residences until the emergency supply ran out. “With the thermometer still abnormally low, many Toronto citizens are without coal. Rich and poor alike are suffering,” reported the Star.</p>
  248. <p>It was as cold as -20 C in the Toronto area and -34 C near Peterborough on Dec. 3 1976. The Star reported that the cab and transit companies were in favour of the chill because they received more business customers who didn’t want to walk outside. A TTC control officer told the Star that a greater number of people took the transit system because their cars didn’t start. It was reported that stalled vehicles “lined main highways” causing drivers to wait at least two hours for help from the Ontario Motor League.</p>
  249. <p>Almost a month later, the Star ran the headline, “Don’t complain — it was five degrees colder in 1857.” It was -23 C and Torontonians were expecting five to 10 centimetres of snow, bringing the total to over 100 centimetres with about two more months of winter to go. The Star reported that at the lowest temperature ever recorded in Toronto was -33C on Jan. 10, 1859.</p>
  250. <p>While there were some TTC mishaps the year prior due to the cold, nothing was quite like 1981 when 16 people fainted on a packed subway when it froze in its tracks. People waited pushed up against each other for over an hour and the paramedics said the fainters experienced “hysteria and claustrophobia.” Other frozen subway cars caused major delays. “Call this the rush hour?” said one angry commuter to the Star, “I call it the crush hour.”</p>
  251. <p>Two years later, the Star’s Kathy English wrote on Dec. 20, 1983 that the temperature dropped to -18 C which was tied with the lowest temperature recorded on Jan. 18 when TTC overhead wires froze and snapped. English reported that the Ontario Motor League received more than 2,000 calls for stalled vehicles, which, at the time, was a total twice the size for an average winter’s day.</p>
  252. <p>At -30C, the coldest day was Jan. 18, 1976. The Star’s Harold Levy compared that record to the slightly warmer – 24.6C that January 1997. Levy reported that in 1996, it was a balmy 12 C. He said so far that year, one person had died from weather-related injuries and one person had to have limbs amputated and another a foot removed due to frost bite. The Canadian Automobile Association received about 6,000 calls in a day, about double the average as motorists slid on black ice or couldn’t get their car started.</p>
  253. <p>Ah, 2015 . . . . The Star ran the headline “Entering the deep freeze” on the first page of the GTA section along with a photo of a man walking in Humber Bay Park on Jan. 8. It was Toronto’s coldest day so far that winter at – 30 C with the wind chill.</p>
  254. <p>Now another record has been set for the coldest Jan. 5 in Toronto at -22 C in 2018.</p>
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  258. <title>Bill Gates Shares His 4 Favorite Ways to Give Back</title>
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  260. <pubDate>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:03:50 +0000</pubDate>
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  265. <description><![CDATA[© Chesnot—Getty Images Bill Gates, the co-Founder of the Microsoft company and co-Founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation &#8230;]]></description>
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  267. © Chesnot—Getty Images Bill Gates, the co-Founder of the Microsoft company and co-Founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation makes a statement after his meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Presidential Palace.</p>
  268. <p>My parents were huge believers in the importance of giving back. My mom used to ask me at the dinner table how much of my allowance I planned on giving to the Salvation Army at Christmas. Melinda had a similar upbringing, and even before we got married we talked a lot about how we would give back. I encourage you to choose your own cause and get involved – whether you can donate your funds, your time or your voice. Here are a few of my favorite nonprofits and some resources that can help you find an organization to support.</p>
  269. <p>Charity Navigator andGuideStar<br />
  270. There are thousands of incredible nonprofits that could use your help. These two databases can help you find reputable organizations working on the causes that you care about the most.</p>
  271. <p><br />
  272. Melinda and I are big fans of this organization, which was started by a teacher to help his colleagues get the supplies they need for their classrooms. You can support a school in your neighborhood, pick a specific project that seems interesting or help a classroom recover from a natural disaster.</p>
  273. <p>Giving Tuesday<br />
  274. This international movement was created to celebrate philanthropy on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving – a time of year that is usually focused on gift-giving. You can find countless ways to get involved, and a lot of organizations will even match your donation that day.</p>
  275. <p>UNICEF<br />
  276. There are many great organizations that focus on global health issues. UNICEF works to keep children around the world healthy and safe, which is a top priority for our foundation.</p>
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  280. <title>Why food is an important part of the culture?</title>
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  291. <description><![CDATA[Posted by Örebro University, Sweden In our essay we have studied and compared the food culture of three different countries; &#8230;]]></description>
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  293. Posted by Örebro University, Sweden<br />
  294. In our essay we have studied and compared the food culture of three different countries; Sweden, Italy, and Japan. The three countries represent one type of culture each: Sweden is a performance-oriented culture while Italy is a relationship-oriented culture and Japan is a group-oriented culture. Our aim was to research if, and how, the social structure is mirrored in the way people eat; who they eat with, who prepares the food, and if eating is seen as nutrition or if building relationships over food is more important. We also wanted to research the question the other way around; by looking at the food culture of a country, can you learn something about the overall culture?<br />
  295. <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href=""><img src="" alt="" width="472" height="311" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2726" srcset=" 472w, 455w" sizes="(max-width: 472px) 100vw, 472px" /></a></p>
  296. <p>For the research, three of the four original Cultural Dimensions developed by Geert Hofstede were helpful. According to Hofstede’s Individualism dimension, Japan is a rather collectivistic culture, that puts the well-being of the group prior to the individual’s own interests. It is common in Japan that work colleagues eat together after the working day is over when they can put work tasks aside and focus on starting and maintaining good relationships within the group.</p>
  297. <p>Furthermore, on Hofstede’s dimension for Masculinity vs. Femininity, Italy scores relatively high. This correlates with the Italian tradition of mothers passing on family recipes to their daughters. In many families, the kitchen is the women’s arena where women from several generations together prepare family dinners. Worth mentioning though is the fact that the younger generation of Italian women in many cases focuses on their benefits and that traditional gender roles are somewhat changing.</p>
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  299. <p>The third and last cultural dimension we examined in this essay was Uncertainty Avoidance. Sweden scores low on this scale, meaning that Swedes feel they have little need to know what the future holds. From this, we can draw a parallel to the fact that dishes from foreign food cultures easily adapts into the Swedish food culture. Some of them, for instance, the Italians pizza and tacos from Mexico, have in fact made it into becoming a vital part of the Swedish food culture.</p>
  300. <p>Our main conclusion in this essay was that yes, you can, in fact, learn about a country’s culture by studying the food culture that is a part of it. It can show the population’s view of such central values as relationship building, men and women’s roles in both family and society, and degree of openness towards other cultures. Furthermore, since relationships are often established and maintained in social situations were food holds a central place, missing the food culture is missing a vital part of becoming integrated into a new culture.</p>
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