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admin On December - 31 - 2009

As I enter another long cold winter in Ontario the glistening snow and frigid wind-chill doesn’t just bring to mind the need for a warm drink.  The late onset of snow in December for Southern Ontario set a precursor to the much anticipated but largely disappointing climate talks in Copenhagen. The days of viewing such weather patterns in terms of being thankful for a warm December day and secretly elated for receiving a White Christmas seems to be gone.  Replaced instead by viewing fluxes in weather patterns in terms of emissions and whether or not our eco footprint was light enough this year. Sadly the new change in how many of us interpret meteorology did not seem to influence world leaders who sat debating environmental protocols as the decade ended. Worse still Canadians were left with the equally frigid sense of international distain as the Albertan oil sands and our failure to be leaders for environmental change were heavily featured during Copenhagen. One wonders how to keep warm this winter with politicians doing little to exact change and the international media portraying Canada as a spoiled first nation leading the world to environmental destruction.

Steeping back from the headlines and looking instead at the potential for change in the future seems to be the only way to approach this topic with any glimpse of optimism.  This New Years I hope for a 2010 that sets the pace of change, not because of some apocalyptic future that the likes of Al Gore has fated us too and not even because I still wish to relive those early days of supposed change promised by Obama, but simply because we can and should do better. Until that time we can at least enjoy the sanctity of freshly fallen show for what it has and maybe someday soon will again symbolize. Not influxes in weather patterns that predict our collective dome but rather the beauty and joy of winter.

1943 Mt. Hood timberline lodge On a Snowy Dayenvironment1943. Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge are shown under a blanket of snow during the winter of 1942-1943. The lodge was closed because of war conditions. USFS photo #424587 by George Henderson (not an official USFS photographer). Gelatin silver prints. Gerald W. Williams Collection, Civilian Conservation Corps album. : Oregon State University Libraries.

1940 Mar. Woodstock Vermont snowy night On a Snowy Dayenvironment

1940 Mar. Center of town. Woodstock, Vermont. “Snowy night” Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Washington, DC 20540. Call Number: LC-USF34- 053307-D.

1910 union square snow storm On a Snowy Dayenvironment

1910. Union Sq. after storm. Bain News Service,, publisher. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

1910 1915 toboggan party On a Snowy Dayenvironment

Between 1910 and 1915. Toboggan party. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

1909 alberta snow removal train On a Snowy Dayenvironment

1909. Photograph of the snowplow and Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company Engines 22 and 25 at Warner Station. The Galt Museum & Archives website:

1901 stormy day snow montreal quebec On a Snowy Dayenvironment

1901. Stormy day, St. Catherine Street, Montreal, QC. Wm. Notman & Son. McCord Museum.

snow art new york tribune On a Snowy Dayenvironment January 22, 1905, Image 17. New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]). Chronicling America (Library of Congress).…

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