Terry O'Shaughnessy

Hudson

No sign of spring yet for winter of discontent

Whether it’s fighting against Bill 14, or fighting yet another iron-cold week, these are the dog days of winter, 2013-style.

As we sit here reading the newspaper this morning, snow is falling yet again, as it has since yesterday — or since time began.

Yes, it’s been a rough winter, and not only for meteorological reasons.

First, there was no hockey. Then, while some towns and boroughs found themselves facing-off with Bill 14’s potential ability to strip them of their bilingual status, others had to fight the Sherbrooke Street Rapids when a huge pipe burst downtown, carrying all sorts of things along in its coursing waters, including people.

Whether you were a Pope or a seven-time Tour de France champion, it hasn’t been an easy winter this year. Shakespeare, whose mother tongue was English (as we’ve learned to say repeatedly here in our home province), perhaps said it best when he wrote that winter is a season of discontent.

on Tuesday night there was a big raid in Montreal as part of the Charbonneau Commission’s ongoing quest to unearth corruption in Quebec. The current witness on the stand is someone known as “Mr. Sidewalk.” But truthfully, as we read our papers this morning out here in the Off Island, all we could think of is that we haven’t seen anything remotely like a sidewalk in ages. Mr. Snowplow — now there would be something we could get a read on.

So the dog days of winter 2013 continue.

It started early and it might end late. Because even the groundhogs were at cross purposes this year.

Punxsatawney Phil (the groundhog of record) and Wiarton Willie predicted an early spring, while Shubenacadie Sam out in Nova Scotia bravely went out on a limb to predict more winter. Not the message we wanted to hear, obviously, but old Shubenacadie seems to be right.

At least in Hudson we’ll have the St. Patrick’s Day parade in just three weeks. And that will help a lot.

And if the Habs can keep their winning form going (they are top of the Eastern Conference this morning) that will be something.

But what we really need, and soon, is spring.

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