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Contractors working on behalf of the City of Toronto clean up branches left by the ice storm in North York on Friday.
Contractors working on behalf of the City of Toronto clean up branches left by the ice storm in North York on Friday.
(Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail)

Why Harper steered clear of the ice storm (but was in Calgary after the flood)

The ice storm had begun on Sunday, Dec. 22, when Stephen Harper held a photo-op at a Calgary seniors’ centre. The next evening, he went to a Flames hockey game.

By that time, the storm had hit four provinces, downing power lines and leaving 385,000 Canadian homes and buildings without power, with many being warned days could pass before service would be restored. A Christmas in the dark loomed.