With Christmas literally around the corner, my city, Toronto, and the surrounding areas (Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughn, Markham, Pickering, Whitby, Ajax and beyond) experienced the most crippling and catastrophic ice storm since 1968. This happened over the weekend of December 22nd, just as many are finalizing their holiday plans and shopping. Many of us who live here automatically think back to the huge snow storm in our city back in 1999 when former mayor, Mel Lastman called in the Canadian Forces to help restore the city. However, Toronto has not seen an ice storm this severe since 1968.
As a result, the storm has unfortunately and literally changed the landscape of the city forever with trees that have buckled under the weight of their ice laden branches. Check out this photography by Martin Brown to see what I mean! It is one thing to hear about it but a completely different experience to actually see it. Hundreds of thousands of homes lost power at the height of the storm, and even as I write this, there are still hundreds of thousands still out despite the progress that has been made in restoring many people’s hydro. We were down for nearly 2 days but we are grateful to have our power back. Unfortunately there will be many that will still be without power through Christmas day and possibly a few days afterwards. Extreme conditions like these pose challenges for many with extenuating circumstances like the elderly, sick or people like me who are on crutches.
Despite the negative aspects of this storm and the destruction left behind, there was also much, much beauty to be seen. The sights can be particularly amazing when the sun is shining and reflecting off and through the ice on the branches of the trees and everything else that has been frozen by the storm. Even though I currently have mobility challenges, I could not resist the beauty any longer and I was able to carefully get out down the path from my front door and capture a few images of that beauty left behind. I wish I could have gone further but here is some what I was able to capture.