It’s an old cliché to complain about the weather in Winnipeg.
Like many clichés, this one probably exists for a reason. After all, Winnipeg is famously freezing. Or hot and humid. Or so dry that it makes the skin on my knuckles crack and turn red. Or so wet and rainy that you can’t step off the curb without getting a booter. Or the streets are so thick with fresh, fluffy snow that cars get stuck at four-way stop signs. Depending on the day of the week.
But given how many other places are experiencing extreme suffering right now because of weather and climate concerns, I’d love it if we could all take a moment and raise a glass to this beautiful Winnipeg autumn weather, and then (those who can afford to) spare a buck or two for those who are hurting right now.
Pakistan is still suffering after more than three months of extreme flooding caused by monsoon rains. More than 33 million people have been displaced by this catastrophe. That’s a staggering number. By comparison, the entire population of Canada is only 38 million people.
Closer to home, Hurricane Fiona has devastated Atlantic Canada. Extreme winds have wreaked havoc on homes, infrastructure and lives. In the United States, this week’s planned Jan. 6 committee hearings were postponed due to Hurricane Ian making landfall in Florida.
Take a moment to savour the peaceful fall breeze, then do what you can to help.
Published in Volume 77, Number 04 of The Uniter (September 29, 2022)