Ryerson in the Cold

When Toronto was hit with the ice storm that is estimated to cost the city about $106 million, how did the students at Ryerson handle the chaos? Caroline Dinnall asked students to tell their stories.

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Deanna Christopoulos, Early Childhood Education ’15

“No one in my neighbourhood had power so everyone came and slept at my house and we had a week-long slumber party with the whole family!”

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Deanna Christopoulos

Abdirahman Matan, Mathematics and Its Applications ’16

“I got called up to work at Warden Station which is right by my house. People came to the station to charge their phones, and because of the cancelled subways, there were shuttle buses to the Scarborough RTs all the way to Woodbine. People were very frustrated and they were taking it all out on me.”

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Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Robynne McPherson, Fashion communications ’14

“I was in Vancouver during the harsh storm weather, but I kept seeing people’s Instagrams of really beautiful crystalized branches. I was kind of jealous that I couldn’t see it in person, but I was also happy to be in Vancouver where it was warm.”

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Camille Kasiban, Sociology ’14

“I work in a mall and I could tell people were there only because they needed power.  They were on their laptops getting in touch with all of their loved ones, and the food court was so packed. You could tell it was such an inconvenience, but at the same time it goes to show how reliant we are on power. It was just a mess!”

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Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Nicole Sabbage, Social Work ’17

“I was working at Winners in Pickering and the store was completely packed. People basically lived there. They were sitting on the ground with extension cords, charging their phones wherever they could find an outlet. They were buying new clothes to keep warm for when they went back home. The entire staff room was filled with customers using the microwave. It was just chaos!”

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Sammy Tangir,  Environment Urban Sustainability ’17

“I felt like I was in a warzone! There were huge branches and wires down on my street and I had to kind of ninja around to get to other neighbours’ houses. In the end I was okay—I survived!”

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Photo by Caroline Dinnall.

Kyle Wilson Kyle WilsonKyle Wilson, Computer science ’16

“This ice storm kind of ruined my Christmas. It’s been a couple weeks now; we finally have power, but still no heat. My family’s a little frustrated, but we’ll get through it. We’ve been through worse.”