Currently in Toronto — March 14th, 2023

Mainly cloudy with some a few sunny breaks

The weather, currently.

A cold day on the way before another warmup. A powerful Nor Easter storm is passing well to our South East, but it will spill some clouds into our region. Expect mainly cloudy skies Tuesday morning with a wake-up temperature near -5°C, feeling like -13°C with the wind chill. Although cloud cover will dominate, we will see some sunny breaks throughout the day likely late morning and then again for the afternoon. There is a risk of flurries, but I think the more notable event will be the brisk wind from the NW tomorrow. 30-50km/h will make for a brisk cold day. The high is 0°C, feeling like -10°C.

Tuesday night: cloudy periods with a low of -6°C, feeling like -14°C.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

The Biden administration approved the Willow Project, a ConocoPhillips effort that results in massive oil drilling along Alaska’s North Slope, today despite the many environmental groups and Alaska Native communities vehemently opposed to it.

As a compromise of sorts, while ConocoPhillips is to begin drilling for the next few years, the Department of the Interior said that it will restrict drilling in other parts of Alaska and ban offshore oil drilling in Arctic Ocean waters.

The Bureau of Land Management estimates that Willow could produce about 600 million barrels of oil over 39 years, generating billions of dollars of revenue for Alaska and the federal government, while polluting the air, devastating the nearby wildife, including the caribou, which many Alaska Native communities rely on, and tainting the water supply.

Though Biden stated that if he were elected, there would be “no new drilling on federal lands,” this approval marks the first time he has broken this promise without pressure from Congress or federal courts.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.