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  • This winter is not what it should be. I sit here in Toronto, this Leap Year February 29 and it's raining outside. Can't remember that ever happening before. The Weather Network keeps saying "Snowmageddon is nigh!" but the snow hasn't come. It feels damn un-Canadian I tell you. All these Alberta clippers and Colorado lows keep sweeping through, but what little snow falls is gone in no time. Lake Ontario is 3° warmer this year, "they" say. I rode my bike on dry roads yesterday. What madness was that?

    Home is 3 hours north of here. Lots of snow there. Went cross-country skiing at Silent Lake two weekends ago. That felt like winter. That felt like home. How winter in Canada has been for all my life…

    I'm not sure I like this new global-warming thing. Perhaps in 20 years people will come to golf in Toronto in February. When Arizona's a desert and Southern Florida sits underwater. We'll have to go North to Kapuskasing to XC ski in the winter then. Toronto will be like Myrtle Beach now, full of tourists escaping the heat down South, or escaping the chill up North.

    With a winter like this, it's not hard to extrapolate a future like that. Scares the hell out of me, it does. We can only hope it's an anomaly. That next year El Niño will rise again and bury us in white. Give us back our winter identity. Bring us back home.
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