Winnipeg’s reminder of climate change

November 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM 2 comments

greatnorthbear2 bear_tankerI had a chance to visit Winnipeg over the past few days. It was my first time there, and I was lucky enough to have time to tour around and see some sites. It was unseasonably warm, as evidenced by the Santa Claus parade that ran down bare roads. Kids largely ignored the hot chocolate stations, and some even unzipped their jackets to vent some of their anticipation of seeing the Great Merry One. Like most places in Canada, the weather was on everyone’s minds.

Is this climate change in action? It’s hard to say, of course. I thought the display of polar bears near the Manitoba Legislature was interesting. The dozen or so large concrete polar bears scattered across the lawn are from a CancerCare Manitoba fundraising and awareness-raising event held a few years ago. An artist painted each bear to reflect a theme, many of them showing the Canadian north, the northern lights and Native cultural iconography.

The bear shown here tells a story of the Canadian north — including the oil tanker whimsically painted onto its backside. Was this meant to be a reminder of the threat over our shoulder? Or just a piece of real life in the north?

I don’t know the answer, but I’m glad that those bears, such as symbol of all that’s at stake, are keeping watch over the legislature. Perhaps Manitobans could send one to Ottawa.

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  • 1. Jeremy Nathan Marks  |  August 31, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    I like your article very much, especially the last line “Perhaps Manitobans could send one to Ottawa.” I could not agree more.


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