Currently in Toronto — February 7th, 2023

Wet, windy and warmer too!

The weather, currently.

What a ride! The temperature roller coaster continues. We could see record-breaking temperatures in parts of S. Ontario tomorrow.

For the GTA, we'll see some sunny breaks in the early morning with a wake-up temperature near -2°C, feeling like -8°C with the wind chill. Clouds will quickly increase with some rain moving by the tail end of the morning rush hour. There is a risk of a brief period of freezing rain before the temperature quickly climbs. Light rain will continue until after lunchtime before it starts to taper off to showers and some drizzle. The wind will be gusty at times tomorrow, a SW flow 30-60km/h helping boost our temperature to 6°C. The seasonal norm is 2°C.

Tuesday night: drier conditions by evening with some breaks overnight and just a risk of a flurry with a low -1°C.

Side note: "Some" of the places that could break records tomorrow include London, Kitchener, Kingston, Oshawa

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Happy “Last of Us” Recovery Day!

To celebrate, here’s an op-ed by Kelly Hayes for TRUTHOUT. In it, she outlines how the post-apocalyptic drama—which serves as a semi-metaphor to climate change—doesn’t rely on cynicism and terror to get its message across, but rather, notions of care, radical love, tenderness, and mutual aid.

“Storytelling affects our notions of what is possible, our beliefs about human nature, and even our sense of our own potential. Given these realities, it’s unfortunate that so much apocalyptic fiction models a dim view of human potential. Assumptions that people will become hysterical, violent, and only look out for themselves amid crisis lend themselves to right-wing and authoritarian ideas about how people should be managed during a crisis. In addition to propping up bad politics, such stories also disregard the well-documented reality that many people respond to crises with caring, prosocial behaviors amid catastrophe — as we saw at the start of the pandemic when so many people joined mutual aid efforts.

To explore the fragility or durability of such efforts (even if one eventually came to cynical conclusions) would at least engage with reality, but many apocalyptic stories simply bypass questions of human potential, and how we might care for each other, disregarding themes that are crucial in our times.”

Click here to read the full piece.

What you can do, currently.

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