Canada column for Sunday, Dec. 31/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Cold enough for you?
An unusual long-lasting cold snap has put much of Canada under a wave of frigid Arctic air.
Environment Canada’s Alexandre Parent said the polar vortex is being felt across Ontario, the Prairies, Quebec and the Maritimes with overnight temperatures hitting -40 Celsius/Fahrenheit.
It is so cold it’s causing havoc with New Year’s Eve festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa where the outdoor show is being shortened.
It is the grand finale for Canada’s 150th anniversary year but with temperatures to be about -28 Celsius (-18F), it’s too much to take.
While the show must go on, musical entertainment and DJs have been canceled but there will be still be fireworks and a laser show at midnight.
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said there is a concern for people being outside for a long time in the cold.
Toronto is among other cities cutting back on New Year’s Eve outdoor parties where the temperature there is to be -14C (7F).