January 07, 2018

What happened to “We the North”? Canada’s “human snowflakes” can’t handle the cold

David MenziesMission Specialist


Canadians used to be made of hardy stock but the recent Nanny State response to an old-fashioned cold front makes me wonder if we’re such a tough nation anymore.

Several Canadian cities scaled back New Year’s Eve celebrations, Polar Bear Swims were cancelled and zookeepers at the Calgary Zoo brought the penguins indoors.

Meteorologists are even coming up with new terms to describe cold fronts that make things sound more ominous.

It seems we can’t handle heat these days, either. About five years ago when the Greater Toronto Area was enduring a summertime heatwave, the Blue Jays closed the roof of the SkyDome for a game against the Seattle Mariners

The Jays issued a pre-game press release explaining that the Rogers Centre would be closed to protect the health and safety of fans, staff and players during a period of extreme heat and humidity.

Health and safety?

How did we become Generation Goldilocks?

We don’t want it too cold, we don’t want it too hot – we want it just right.

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commented 2018-01-09 02:07:12 -0500
I get several Toronto TV stations and I have noticed the weather reporters sometimes over react to increased cold weather and/or snow. Vancouver used to be the snowflake capital but I think Toronto has won that dubious honour.
commented 2018-01-08 18:36:49 -0500
We had a pretty nice fall, it is a big lake and wasn’t close to icing over, but it was damn cold.
commented 2018-01-08 17:44:29 -0500
The lake I live on (above the 52 parallel in BC and over 3,000 FSL) froze in November. Gotta love that Man-Made-Global-Warming…
It takes me longer to throw myself in the lake every spring…er, summer. Part of the aging process, apparently…
commented 2018-01-08 16:24:19 -0500
Snow flakes should be introduced to the Iceman Wim Hoff. I live beside a big lake and the last time I jumped in (and swam around I might add)was the second week of November. Lets just say that it’s north of T.O. (although not in that province).
Fantastic blood exchange for those sluggish limbs and organs. I am working up to going in later. Ten minutes cold shower after hot also reaps the same rewards. Makes you feel alive. I know it sounds crazy but there are a growing number of people who follow this regime. Magic health benefits. What say Andrew, you up?
commented 2018-01-08 15:47:03 -0500
To all ye who did’st have ye a hard time commenting. Hit the ‘Post Your Comment’ option, let it run for a couple of seconds then click on your Browser’s ‘Refresh’ option. Works for me, using Maxthon Browser.
commented 2018-01-08 13:51:35 -0500
Deborah G. Ah yes the notorious whip. Great fun, and skating on ponds and rivers that were not totally frozen over. Yesterday there were people skating on Toronto’s harbor. I’m surprised the cops did not chase them off the ice.
commented 2018-01-08 13:44:10 -0500
Bruce Clark – definitely no helmets, and no padding at all. And the newest and youngest skaters learned to skate at the end of the line of kids. We called it the whip, and believe me you learned to skate fast or you didn’t survive!
commented 2018-01-08 11:31:30 -0500
Isn’t 38 degrees F just considered bad skiing weather?
commented 2018-01-08 11:05:52 -0500
HEY!! We ‘Snow birds’ ( I prefer to think of us as the advanced guard of the Canadian invasion) down herein Florida, are suffering too. Why just last night the temperature dropped to 38*F !!! It has been cold here for two weeks! But at least hope is on the horizon as temps are expected to climb back into the low 70’s later this week.
commented 2018-01-08 10:13:30 -0500
Deborah Graupner, I bet you skated and survived with out the mandatory helmet I see kids wearing today almost for all activities. Any day now I expect to see these poor kids wearing a helmet while helicopter mommy walks them to school, just in case of a slip and fall.
commented 2018-01-08 00:30:10 -0500
David is spot on his snowflake observations. This is winter in Canada:what do you expect? I remember minus 50 degrees as a kid in Sk. and minus 70 working on Cameron Island in the Arctic. We all survived this and a lot of miserable winters storms too. This is the climate change generation who obviously think that if we pay enough carbon tax the government will keep the climate just right for them. All you snow flakes have to understand that we cannot control climate any more than a budget can balance itself. So bundle up, suck it up and be Canadian.
commented 2018-01-08 00:24:53 -0500
Hey, where was Seth MacFarlane tonight at the Golden Snob Awards?
You’d think they would have logically had him hand out the award for the best actors, or at least, give him an honorary award for being the first to expose Weinstein.

Oprah Winfrey for President. If she didn’t know about Weinstein, then she should be made the very first, ever, living Saint, not president.
commented 2018-01-08 00:03:40 -0500
Haven’t Canadians seen ‘The Christmas Story’ with Darren McGavin, where the younger brother is mummified with scarves and ten layers of clothing? That’s how we dressed. Now, schools are closed if it’s cloudy.
‘Plus’, 10 year old tv weather announcers refer to anything below the freezing point as ‘negative’. I guess they think it’s a mathematic equation they’re quoting.
It’s a balmy -12, windchill factor -20 here tonight. Really warm compared to the last week.
commented 2018-01-07 23:49:20 -0500
Colleen Morrison Lyons—-Yes, I have never heard anyone say that “Ezra is dumb.”
commented 2018-01-07 23:06:25 -0500
RON JOSEPH: "Every time these video’s come on, it adds to their " advertising value." I have sometimes had to put an Ezra video on 5 times to comment or go back to see if anyone agrees or disagrees with my comment. A video rating half a million views could easily go to 700,000 by the time it is finished. " Sorry, but that’s just brilliant. And legal. Respect.
commented 2018-01-07 21:13:42 -0500
Keith Barnes-a few of us complained over a year ago, about the video starting when you didn’t want it to. Back then it was only Ezra’s Paywall show. Now there are 4 or 5 paywall shows; thus the reason for the increase.
Here is what I think the answer is, and my Journeyman internet neighbor agrees:
Every time these video’s come on, it adds to their " advertising value." I have sometimes had to put an Ezra video on 5 times to comment or go back to see if anyone agrees or disagrees with my comment. A video rating half a million views could easily go to 700,000 by the time it is finished.

The rest of the problems are perhaps the new office manager that Ezra hired is feeling out new ideas.
commented 2018-01-07 21:09:42 -0500
I had to walk through 4 ft of snow to catch a C-Train when I lived in the horrible bitter cold of Calgary. It’s minus 35 and I’m wearing long underwear, jeans, snow pants, in fact, the only part of my face that is showing is a tiny slit for my eyes under the scarves and hats and a ski mask. And I’m still cold. Then I lived in Edmonton, and I have felt as though I have had Arctic explorer credibility ever since. Now I live in an area that has more days of sunshine than any other place in Canada. I am not going back.

Could I survive in the icy tundra? Probably. I could probably survive off grubs and leaf dew as well. But I don’t have to, so I don’t.
commented 2018-01-07 19:45:12 -0500

I am getting more and more frustrated regarding this web-site. I have the same frustration you do, plus trying to figure out how to post simply with multiple repeats or no post at all, plus the dust-in-the-needle video hiccups, plus other whinges I have posted. All off three different devices.

I assume hacking, or that Mr. Levant has also driven off his competent techs.
commented 2018-01-07 19:36:14 -0500
Andrew Stephenson,

I hate to respond to your stupid post. However, you are a post doctorate instructor in science according to one of your former posts, hence have knowledge about empirical data presumably. However, I do question that because you have no concept of the Null Hypothesis.

That aside, let us assume you do understand the concept of empiricism. So where do you get the empirical fact that it was -45 C? My data shows it was not even that cold in the North, and if it was, why would it be unusual? Used to be called winter.
commented 2018-01-07 19:31:30 -0500
Andrew Stephenson there is lots of fun to be had outside and exercise. Nothing wrong with that. And when they cancel things it only serves the wimps agenda. And sorry to say people are bigger wimps now, try actually walking around a University or other public spaces with millennial’s , they have noddle thin arms and i doubt they have any kind of conditioning physical or mental.
commented 2018-01-07 18:59:18 -0500
Is it just my PC or do other people suffer? Every time I post a comment or even click on the page, it starts the Video. This is annoying, especially if you are commenting on the Top 10 section. This involves a 10 mile scroll, to turn it off.
commented 2018-01-07 18:53:33 -0500
The MSM continues to loose its relevance. This is winter in Canada. Have they forgotten that it happens at this time every year. When we were forced to use Celsius , thanks to our current “Dear Leader’s” dad, zero is now near18 below but is still only feels like zero and the “Wind Chill” factor makes it sound even worse. This is not a new harsher winter it is only another one described colder than it is or was. In the summer 70 sounds at lot warmer than 20 point something even though it feels the same. I was brought up in the sixties where we learned to question authority and not to trust anyone over thirty. Now there are few that I trust under 50.
commented 2018-01-07 18:47:18 -0500
Fox News, night before last, was reporting that in NY, taking the wind chill factor into account, the temperature was equal to minus 70c. They stated that a person would survive for just 10 min if not clothed properly.

Meanwhile, on You Tube, there are a whole rash of new video’s full of BS Graphs, explaining how Global Warming can cause extreme cold weather bombs. Bring on the Clowns!
commented 2018-01-07 18:43:38 -0500
David, as I see it a symptom of the latest generations ability to cope with weather extremes also spills over, especially in winter, to the operation of a motor vehicle. There seems to be a abundance of minor crashes during winter because operators are unable to deal with poor driving conditions, snow or simply the cold. It comes down to exposure leading to survival and the ability to deal with the demands placed on you by the cold. When I was in school we all walked to school and back to home in the wind, rain, driving snow and severe cold. Today every school I see the kids are dropped off and picked up, most never get wet or cold as they run from or to the car. They grow up soft, pampered and protected, that’s Generation Trudeau. When there is a light dusting of snow the kids start calling for a snow day and when they get one they never go outside to experience any winter activities, they’re in front of the TV, game box or on the phone/computer softening up even more.
commented 2018-01-07 18:33:53 -0500
Deborah, we were out of the house before the parents awoke with skates on stick over shoulder to the creek in the valley, to avoid chores. Clint Eastwood summed it up nicely awhile back with “Fuc&&an Pussies” Gotta love straight talk. Andrew, did you grow up in the city? You sound like a Clint Eastwood target. Just curious little troll. Easy now, take one of mommies pills and rest.
commented 2018-01-07 17:47:20 -0500
I remember skating with my siblings and our friends until very late on the week-ends in northern Manitoba. We didn’t have to pay to skate back then, and the rink was maintained by local neighbours who liked to see us having fun. We took refuge in the bunk house to partially thaw our feet now and then, and when we finally went home, our feet ached as they thawed out. I’m sure we almost had frost bite on many occassions! We were outside in all seasons, and those are the memories that I hold dear. When we were free to learn about ourselves and others, and the world around us, without some clucking nanny bossing us around!
commented 2018-01-07 16:19:40 -0500
Under the liberal government and educational systems, we are seeing the pussyfication of a once proud people.
I remember the days when kids played outside all day in the summer WITHOUT The application of a liberal coating of sunscreen.
In the winter, kids would play outside sliding down hills on toboggans one playing a game of street hockey.
Today, the coddled youngsters are kept inside out of the bitter cold when temperatures hover around 0 degrees C. or 32 degrees F.
The result is, of course, a generation of obese youngsters whose sole form of recreation is virtual golf, baseball and skiing.
X box anyone?
commented 2018-01-07 14:27:32 -0500
Andrew defines the snow flake generation.