Citizen Action Monitor

Mother Nature strikes back – Scenes of ice storm destruction in Brampton, Ontario

What’s the connection between a wicked ice storm, PM Stephen Harper, and the movie Dirty Harry?

No 939 Posted by fw, December 24, 2013


Thanks to a member of the Ontario Z Car club for the photos, above and below, of ice storm destruction in Brampton, Ontario on December 23, 2013. For related storm information, see CBC news report, Ice storm will mean dark Christmas for thousands of Canadians, December 24, 2013.

The problem with most super storm news reports is that they’re typically descriptive, rarely explanatory, seldom drawing on the wealth of powerfully instructive evidence advanced by climate scientists. And the evidence is increasingly dire, as exemplified in this recent post: Canadian Wildlife Service biologist wouldn’t be surprised if next generation witnessed extinction of humanity.

Of course Team Harper continues to duck any responsibility for the increasing frequency and severity of weather disasters, both local and global.

And national and local mainstream media outlets — especially Postmedia/Windsor Star News — continue to serve as a shill for Harper’s pro tar sands/pipeline policies and the oil and gas industry’s unconscionable resource exploitation. Biased news reporting prevents the public from becoming responsibly informed, from making the connection between Harper’s policies, industry’s rape of the earth, and extreme weather events.

Bizarre as it may seem, there’s a famous scene from the movie Dirty Harry that comes to mind in connection with this post. Here’s the scene:

And here’s detective Harry Callahan’s famous line –

“I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

Stephen Harper may not be wielding a .44 Magnum, but he is wielding considerable political power, potentially far more destructive than a gun. In this context, perhaps it’s time for every Canadian to ask themselves this one question about Stephen Harper’s leadership: “Environmentally speaking, do I trust Harper to exercise his potentially lethal political power in a manner that will protect me or harm me?”

Do we feel lucky to have Harper as our PM? Well, do we?

Harper’s Storm?



Lest I be thought too parsimonious in apportioning blame, I’ll also point the finger of complicity at –

  • Politicians at all levels of government for not exerting their collective power in nudging Harper to alter his suicidal pro tar sands / pipeline policies
  • Those ordinary Canadians who, for far too long, have remained wilfully ignorant and silent regarding the dire consequences of Harper’s policies
  • And finally, I recognize my own culpability for failing to do my utmost to reduce my own carbon footprint

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