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Extra, Extra: Post-Storm Good Deeds, Pancake Breakfasts, and Helpful Manitoba Linemen

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  • In sobering non-Toronto natural disaster news, the CBC is reporting that many victims of Alberta’s June floods are still unable to return to their homes. Andy and Jo-ann Vanderploeg are just two of the 1000 people whose lives have not returned to normal—they’re now preparing to celebrate Christmas in their garage.
  • People often do manage to pull together in times of crisis—and thank goodness for that, because after a massive ice storm, and in the face of its resulting challenges, it’s at least some comfort to know that many Torontonians are being thoroughly kind and decent. The Toronto District School Board, for example, will be holding a pancake breakfast tomorrow at Lawrence Heights Middle School for people still without power.
  • And then there’s Airbnb—a service that helps connect homeowners with travellers looking for a place to stay. The company is waiving its service fees until December 30 so that people with space and heat to spare can more easily reach out to those in desperate need of both.
  • The post-storm recovery effort has also been aided by thoughtful and generous people from well beyond our city limits. Here’s a photo of 42 linemen from Manitoba who devoted some of their pre-Christmas time to helping restore power in Toronto.

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