Living at latitude 45'N means winters can be almost Hobbesian — nasty, brutish, and in this case, long. But even by Canadian standards, the storms that kicked off the new year north of the border were particularly wicked, giving a new meaning to the old Bob Dylan lyric "a hard rain’s a-gonna fall." Days of non-stop rain and temperatures hovering around freezing left southern Quebec and eastern Ontario blanketed by several inches of solid ice, halting virtually all travel, shutting down businesses, cutting off power to more than three million residents, and socking the Canadian economy with business losses estimated at $1.1 billion, or 0.2 percent of GDP. It could’ve been worse.
Thursday, 15 November 2007 14:45