Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Children of the Great Ice Storm



















I was shocked when I saw the story about what has happened to the babies born to mothers who lived through the Great Ice Storm.

A new study suggests babies born to women who were pregnant during the 1998 Quebec ice storm have shown developmental difficulties.

Researchers David Laplante and Suzanne King of the Douglas mental health institute in Montreal indicate that their investigation suggests that children born from mothers who experienced a lot of stress scored 10 points lower in IQ tests, had poor language skills and a lower verbal intelligence.

But not really surprised.

I once read that as many as 60 percent of the people who lived through that nightmare were traumatized to some degree or another.

And I thought I had it rough.

I don't think it affected me because I hate winter anyway. And I remember only the good things about the Ice Storm. Like how Canadians can work together to defeat a common enemy when they are not whingeing or shouting at each other.

But now I know about the children.

I remember how bad it was....

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I wonder if he does.















If only dogs could talk....

2 comments:

  1. But then the Quebecois can think of how well they survived the great ice storm, while toronto has to call in the army...

    to be fair, toronto being rather an important city in canada's economy, cannot afford to lose even a day.

    -R

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  2. Hi Rashid !!!

    "to be fair, toronto being rather an important city in canada's economy, cannot afford to lose even a day."

    Puhleaze...it was the best thing that ever happened to them. They got to stop thinking about work...light up some candles...unclench their tight asses...and actually have some FUN!!!
    I can only imagine how their productivity went up the next day.
    They should make these one-day blackouts in summer a REGULAR event.
    Call your MPP and tell him/her that we need some naughty naughty days...and the more the BETTER !! :)

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