‘More Climate Nonsense…’

‘Ontario NDP leader implies that floods in Hamilton caused by climate change’

Hurricane Hazel, 1954

Hurricane Hazel, 1954

“Andrea Horwath, the leader of the ‘New ‘Democratic’ Party of Ontario’ (NDP), called the members of the ‘Progressive’ ‘Conservative’ Party of Ontario’ (PC) “climate change deniers”…

“The following is an excerpt from Horwath’s statement in parliament on October 5, 2016:

“The Conservative Party…were just saying that the climate change issue is not important. They are climate change deniers over there. I hope Mr. Brown was listening to what his members were saying. We’ve had floods in Windsor, in Thunder Bay and in Hamilton. We’ve had floods in Peterborough. There’s a problem that we have to deal with…”

–‘Ontario NDP leader implies that floods in Hamilton caused by climate change’,
CIJnews, October 8, 2016

I must admit that it gets a little tiresome doing research for elected officials who have paid research staff, but here you go, Dum-dum:

“Flooding is a natural hazard in Ontario that can happen at any time of year.”

“Severe flooding throughout Ontario in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s led to the formation of the ‘Conservation Authorities Act’ in 1946…”


Hurricane Hazel, Toronto, October 15-16, 1954

Hurricane Hazel, Toronto, October 15-16, 1954

If we examine Ontario floods by the damage costs, we find (from 1900-2010, in descending order):

1954: “1954 Toronto region flood: ‘Hurricane Hazel’


The most famous hurricane in Canadian history struck on October 15, 1954, causing catastrophic flooding. Hurricane Hazel submerged low-lying land from Etobicoke to the Holland Marsh and left 81 people dead. No natural disaster since has led to such a high death toll in Canada. Over 4,000 families were left homeless.” (Gifford, Jim (2004). “Hurricane Hazel: Canada’s Storm of the Century”. Toronto: Dundurn Press)

Toronto, 1954

Toronto, 1954

Then, there’s 1948; 2005; 1937; 1916; 1920; 2004…

Source: Sandink, Dan; Kovacs, Paul; Oulahen, Greg; McGillivray, Glenn (November 2010)


Hamilton was one of the communities battered by Hurricane Hazel in 1954:


“Toronto Globe and Mail
PHIL JONES, Monday, November 27, 1950

‘Winds Roar Defiance As Volunteers Fight Burlington Area Flood.’

“Shortly before last midnight, several hundred men, women and children suddenly became aware of silence. All through the day while Nature went on the rampage against mankind living in the Burlington Beach area, there was one awful opponent that battered down every defense built against it. The wind was everywhere, it howled through trees and wires, made ordinary talk impossible, drowned out the rumble of truck motors, lashed Lake Ontario into a fury. Then suddenly, it stopped. All was quiet.

“The worst flood disaster in Burlington Beach history was over. But it left in its wake more than 500 homeless people, scores of injured and homes battered to the ground or washed away by the rampaging lake waters.

“From Crescent Beach at the southern tip through Van Wagner’s Beach and on to Burlington Beach proper, winds of gale force with gusts sometimes reaching 85 miles an hour, whipped Lake Ontario into a frenzy for over 11 hours. Scenes along the beaches were almost impossible to describe…”

“1886: “…On the 13 October, the storm signal at the Canal was hoisted… By 4:00 p.m. the wind velocity was 50 miles per hour and by midnight on the 14 October, it reached 60. The swing bridge machinery chose this particular night to break down, according to Murphy’s Law, when the bridge was being opened. An extra gang of men were sent down to try to move it, but the canal remained closed all that night…

“Much damage was done along the Beach. Many trees came down, small boats were smashed and Bastien’s boat houses were demolished. Capt. Campbell had quite a struggle to reach his lights without being blown into the canal… The bridge was expected to be out of commission for several days.”

“1946: The residents of Hamilton Beach are really alarmed about what the spring of 1946 will bring in the way of high Lake Ontario waters. The conditions at present owing to the high waters of the lake and bay have made life miserable for many residents. Because their cellars are flooded, they are unable to light their furnaces, the coke floats around and they well-nigh have to fish for it. In one cellar at Station 10, the water is actually four feet deep and frogs and turtles playfully swim through the stagnant water. This condition exists on the lake-side as well. One family shivered for three days without fire in the furnace as the water was up past the grates. The depth varies from 18 inches to three or four feet, according to how near the houses are to the lake or bay…

“Back in 1914, the bay waters were very high. At that time, plank bridges were erected so that residents could get to boat and ice houses on the shore… The water was so high in 1895 that lake and bay met during an east storm…”

As for extreme climate events in Windsor:
“In 1946, a tornado traveled across the Detroit River and left a path of destruction from Windsor to Tecumseh. The storm that touched down in southwestern Ontario on 17 June 1946 remains Canada’s third deadliest tornado.”

Thunder Bay:
“Because the city of Fort William, now Thunder Bay south, was built on the old deltas of the Kaministiquia and Neebing rivers, the area has long been susceptible to floods. An ice jam in the 1880s backed up the Kam and flooded the entire town; the Rosslyn Bridge was carried all the way downstream to McTavish Street, where it piled up on the riverbank.

“One of the biggest floods on record occurred in 1893 due to a major spring run off and ice in the river. Another flood in 1897 washed out several bridges. North Street flooded in 1908, leading to complaints that the city’s government should do something.

Thunder Bay flooding (1912). Image from the Thunder Bay Museum.

Thunder Bay flooding (1912). Image from the Thunder Bay Museum.

“Lest anyone think the north end of the city was immune, a 1908 flood washed away a bridge and a train while 1911 saw the Current River overflow its banks. As this image dating from 1912 attests, constant flooding was common each spring in the lower-lying areas of the city.


Neebing River Flood, 1941 (City of Thunder Bay Archives)

“The Neebing River overflowed in a major way in the spring of 1938 and a storm created a flood in 1941, taking out many homes…”
In addition, climate alarmists have been using the recent Calgary flood as evidence of ‘extreme’ climate change; however, it should be pointed out:

“1897, Fort Calgary
The flood of 1897 had an estimated peak rate of 2,265 m3/s (80,000 cu ft/s) based on high-water marks. In comparison, 116 years later, in June 2013, the Bow River in Calgary peaked at c.1,740 m3/s (61,000 cu ft/s).” (Calgary Herald, July 6, 2013)
{This was similar in numbers to a flood in 1879…}


Calgary, 1915

In addition, there’s this:
“The 1915 Bow River flood in Calgary in June washed away Centre Street Bridge, nearly drowning two city officials. The Bow River rose 2.1 m (6.9 ft) above normal, a record height. The Sheep Creek floods in Okotoks cut gas mains and left Calgarians without cooking fuel.” (“Alberta flooding history”, Calgary Herald, 21 June 2013)

Calgary, 1915

Calgary, 1915


Calgary, 1929

Calgary, 1929

“1929 Calgary and southern Alberta flood
In June 1929, widespread flooding in southern Alberta caused major damage in Calgary and High River when the Bow River, Highwood River, and other rivers and creeks overflowed caused by extensive rainfall. Among some of the damage caused was extensive damage to the Calgary Zoo where several animals were killed, roads washed out at Banff, and homes flooded in Mission. The Elbow River breaks the 1915 record by 20 cm (7.9 in) when it rises to 2.9 m (9.5 ft). The Bow River, though it rises 1.5 m (4.9 ft) above normal, is still about .6 m (2.0 ft) under the 1915 record height.”
(“Alberta flooding history”, Calgary Herald, 21 June 2013)



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