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Sorry Canada, we’ve had to cancel winter…

Sorry Canada, but winter has been cancelled. There’s just no snow. It’s the first time no snowfall has been recorded in the city of Toronto since record keeping began in 1845, reports The Canadian Press. Toronto normally averages 40 cm of snow in March – the previous low in the city was 1.2 cm in 2006.

But the implications for Canadians reach further than just saving money on this past winter’s heating bills.

“There’s been concern that the forests are pretty dry and already, we’ve seen wildfires in Nova Scotia. Forest departments are already mobilizing men and equipment to be prepared for a tough season,” says Environment Canada climatologist Dave Phillips.

While the lack of winter precipitation cannot necessarily indicate what kind of summer season lies ahead, record-breaking weather events such as these raise questions about the resilience of our energy sources. BC is largely dependent upon hydrological power, and inflows to utilities such as hydro could be largely affected by increased severity and frequency of drought and storm events.

Take a look at ACT’s policy recommendations for coping with extreme weather events here. ACT is due to release their third set of policy recommendations, on energy, in Fall 2010.

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