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Blizzard? What blizzard? Walking to work as usual in TO

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Pedestrians in Toronto’s PATH, an underground network that stretches 28 kilometres between office towers, hotels, subway stations and shopping. Residents of condos like Ten York from Tridel will have quick access.

Not to gloat, or make light of other people’s misery, but which of these scenarios better describes your situation?

A. You wake up on a workday like today, check the weather outside and see that, as predicted, anywhere from 10 to 20 centimetres of slushy snow has fallen overnight. Despite their fervent prayers, however, your kids will have to go to school. The big school-closing blizzard didn’t quite materialize, and there was not enough snow to warrant a snow day.

After getting the grumbling kids bundled up and ready for school, and putting on your own winter coat, scarf, gloves, hat and galoshes, you make your way gingerly down the icy front steps and wait anxiously in the cold February wind until the delayed school bus finally arrives.

The kids safely off, you must now deal with your car, which, as usual, is solidly blocked in the driveway by a bank of heavy snow thrown up by the city plough. You set to work, digging the car out and scraping the quarter-inch-thick ice from the windshield. Twenty minutes later, you set out through the slippery streets, desperately hoping you don’t lose control of the car (Why didn’t you get those snow tires?) and become one of the hundreds of fender benders that they routinely report on the local news on days like this.

After a stressful hour and a half (for a drive that usually takes you 30 minutes) you reach your place of work. You park in the outdoor parking lot and pick your way through the slush and piles of snow, clutching your briefcase and or purse. By the time you arrive at your work station, you feel ready to go back home again. Half the office is empty.

B. You wake up on a workday like today and follow your usual morning routine, getting yourself ready for work and the kids ready for school. You don’t plan to go anywhere after work, so there’s no need for boots or extra winter gear. You wear only your work clothes and a light coat. You take the kids downstairs to wait for the school bus in the warm waiting area and, once they’re safely on board, you proceed back inside.

You stop at the concierge’s desk and tell him that you’re expecting a delivery today. He says he’ll be sure to take care of it. Your package will be waiting for you when you get home.  Then you take the elevator down a couple of floors and enter the PATH (for non-Torontonians, that’s the 28-kilometre underground network that links office towers, subway stations, hotels, shops etc.), where you enjoy a brisk walk past the shops, stopping to pick up a newspaper and a coffee to enjoy when you get to work.

Ten minutes later, you leave the PATH and ride the escalator to the lobby of the building where you work. When you get to your work station, you can’t help but notice that quite a few of your co-workers haven’t arrived yet. Then you remember: there was a snowfall last night. The roads must be terrible out there. You sure are glad you don’t have to deal with that any more.

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