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. The trees in the neighbourhood were shining with ice, but still standing. And we still had power.
Unlike so many other Canadians.
And I feel so bad for all of them, having to go through something like that just before Christmas.
But I was also encouraged to see how just like during that other big ice storm, the disaster brought out the best in so many Canadians, and restored our sense of community.
That’s always the way, it seems; emergencies bring out the best in us. Suddenly people are reminded of what it means to be a neighbour.
People pulled together, helped each other out.
Living in a city, we are often told, can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation, never more so than at Christmas when the pressure to be social can be intense. But the psychology of disaster changes this and reminds us that we are part of a larger community, in this case, one defined by the shared experience of emergency.
Life went on, Canada still worked, and the mail was still delivered.
Which no doubt must have cast a pall over Stephen Harper's visit to this senior's home in Calgary today...
Having to explain why Canada is the only country in the world to totally eliminate home delivery, even though it has some of the world's harshest weather.
Or having to justify his new exercise program for seniors, AND his new stamp...
Canada Post to issue final commemorative stamp... #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/p1kqOX3adJ
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) December 12, 2013
But then he wouldn't know the meaning of the word COMMUNITY if it hit him in the face.
And it must REALLY bother him to see thousands of heroic Hydro workers, whose unions he would bust, risking their lives to turn the lights back on...
And to see how Canadians can still rise to the challenge.
Because we may have been forced to surrender to Harper's morally corrupt Con regime, and endure its bestialities for so long. And our pride has been dented and damaged, just like the country itself.
But today we showed the world that we will NEVER surrender to winter, the frosty apocalypse that would kill most other people.
But made us who we are...
And that once we take care of that minor problem eh?
We'll take care of the other...
Because the wolves WILL catch up to the Con's getaway
But in the meantime, hundreds of thousands of Canadians are still in the darkness, and my heart goes out to them, because I can never forget this horror story.
Which made me realize how fragile is our civilization, and how resilient my people.
And of course how dependent we are on electricity. When we have it we take it for granted, when we don't we are devastated.
So I thought I'd leave you with this Christmas ode to the magic stuff.
Courtesy of some guy in California, and his house with the 71,000 light bulbs...
Because that's nothing compared to the light show we're going to have the Cons are defeated eh?
Canadians give yourself some credit. Take care of your neighbours. Canada is a COMMUNITY not a House of Cons or a JUNGLE.
The darkness will finally end.
And the lights will go back on...
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