From like -12c before windchill last week to 14c yesterday to an expected -4c plus wind up to 90 km/h today? That’s my humid continental climate! I’ve missed you!
The difference between Toronto and other places I’ve lived is that I’ve gone a week and a half so far without a WHERE’S YOUR GLOBAL WARMING NOW?
Seriously though, I know that certain climate regions inherently have more drastic weather changes than others, and that a few datapoints don’t prove or disprove climate change, but shit is getting ridiculous. In the past five years, I’ve lived on both edges of northern Illinois, London, south central Texas, and now Toronto. Within that time frame, all of those places have broken temperature records and/or have been hit by weather–snow storms, heat waves, drought, floods–that killed people and seriously affected the place’s ability to function because that weather has been so uncommon historically that there was no reason to establish safeguards against its effects. I’ve never been a climate change denier, but I imagine that I’d have a difficult time maintaining that belief after experiencing such extremes of weather fuckery for myself.
Well, this was intended to be a lighthearted post at first, but since I’m clearly no good at that, let’s go full-on doomsday with it:
[Video: Climate change is simple: David Roberts at TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege]
TFFP is relocating to Toronto next month! Finally! Posting will be even lighter than usual (if that’s possible) until things settle down and, hopefully, I’m able to find a job.
I have to admit, I’m not terribly informed about actually living in Canada. I try to be on top of things before I move to another country, but for various insufficient reasons, I haven’t done a good job of it this time around. So, Toronto residents and other folks who know things, I’d appreciate some suggestions.
What local and national news sources should I check out? I prefer to use a feed reader for that sort of thing, but if any good ones come in hard copy at shops or TTC stations, that’s okay too. Obviously ‘good’ means ‘acceptably far left in analysis and scope.’
Grocery shopping and eating veg–I want to know from personal experience. We’ll be in North York until I’m working and we can afford to move south, but I’ll pretty much go anywhere along a transit line for a good vegan restaurant.
I’ve heard about community groups for new immigrants that help with various aspects of settlement. For anyone who’s tried them out, are they worth it? Are there other good resources for finding work, preferably in academic or non-profit settings?
Quiet parks? Little-known awesome spots? Shitholes to be avoided? Any other tips or information you’d like to share?
Thanks in advance and whatnot!