How a heartthrob is suddenly gone with the wind

Dear Diary:

In what surely must make any highlight reel of shamelessly inadequate journalism – one indicative of a craft that in Canada too often toils daily to produce little more than sloppy rewrites of left-wing press releases, the Huffington Post has revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio has “witnessed climate change in Alberta.”

We are told it was horrifying. But what peril did the young heartthrob and leading advocate for destroying the western world’s economic foundation in order to redistribute its (diminishing) wealth to East Timor summon the courage and fortitude to survive?

“We were in Calgary and the locals were saying, ‘This has never happened in our province ever,’” Huffington Post’s Sarah Reiger breathlessly informed us, quoting from a Q&A reported by Variety.

“We would come and there would be eight feet of snow, and then all of a sudden a warm gust of wind would come.

“It was scary. I’ve never experienced something so firsthand that was so dramatic. You see the fragility of nature and how easily things can be completely transformed with just a few degrees difference. It’s terrifying, and it’s what people are talking about all over the world. And it’s simply just going to get worse.”

Give young Reiger credit. She did mention that poor Leo was startled by a phenomenon common to the eastern slopes of the Rockies – a Chinook.

But here’s the problem. The “warm gust of wind” that ate the snow and so startled the Titanic heartthrob doesn’t sound a heckuva lot different than the experiences of, oh say, Alexander Mackenzie in 1792 when he wintered in Peace River country or David Thompson or even no less esteemed title than the Calgary Herald, which wrote in 1900:

“Those who have not (experienced) the warm, invigorating Chinook winds of this country, cannot well comprehend what a blessing they are. The icy clutch of winter is lessened, the earth throws off its winding sheet of snow. Humanity ventures forth to inhale the balmy spring like air. Animated nature rejoices.”

So, I am not sure which “locals” DiCaprio is quoting but what is clear is that they, he or both had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. And yet, the Huffington Post just let it slide. After all, the man’s from Hollywood and it’s well established that those folks know everything.

This week, the campaign by CBCNN and others to convince every Muslim in Canada that a wave of Islamophobia is sweeping the nation and that all infidels must be feared appeared to gain strength.

The featured item on the beloved Mother Corp’s national news Monday morning was an earnest report of how parents of young hockey players (apparently from Cornwall, which may be self-explanatory) were tossed from an Ottawa rink because one or more shouted “Go home, Mohammed!” at the referee In the broadcast report, it was alleged the term “camel jockey” was also used. Horrified, I recalled my many years at the rink and how calm both players and parents could be – veritable models of decorum – where no one ever misbehaved or uttered slurs of any kinds.

The nation’s conscience continued on its fear and loathing campaign by going hog wild Wednesday morning with the news police had released video and photos of two persons of interest in the appalling hate crime of the century – graffiti of the “Wogs go home” variety.

Clearly, the greatest threat to peace in Canadian society isn’t the kids from Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and elsewhere who wish to decapitate the prime minister, blow up Via Rail trains or otherwise wage jihad, it is from a coupla redneck boys with spray paint in Calgary and, if not, hockey parents from Cornwall,

We wonder, dear diary, just how isolated and fearful the Mothercorp has decided it wants Canadian Muslims to feel by informing them daily of just how dangerous Canadian society has become for them? Isolated and fearful enough to become “radicalized?” Maybe. Or maybe it’s just as good old Uncle Joe Stalin used to say, “truth is that which serves the revolution.”