Hal’s Thoughts For The Week Of November 8th

Winnipeg, MB – Wow, what a weekend! And this week is looking pretty good too. But you know this crazy nice weather will come to a cold and snowy end at some point soon. My weather expert buddy Bruce Johnson is watching the long term models and keeping his eyes on some Siberian snow that he says could hit us in the next two or three weeks.

This week is the 30th anniversary of the 1986 blizzard that hit Winnipeg with over 35 centimeters of snow in just 11 hours. The city authorized the emergency use of snowmobiles on streets. Owners of 4X4’s were asked to help police. Mayor Bill Norrie even got rid of transit fares to try and keep drivers from using their own vehicles. It took a week to clean all the snow. It’s not Thursday but here’s a throwback video to give you a sense of what it was like back then.

I’m thinking this week of my grandfather Hakon who fought bravely for America in the First World War. Mr. Lube is doing something cool again this year. Free oil changes all day Thursday for vets and current members of the military. Just show your service ID or veteran issue license plate.

It’s funny how silly posts sometimes get a lot of reaction on Twitter and Facebook. For example…


Congrats to the Bombers on finishing third in the CFL West! They’ll start their drive for the Grey cup Sunday in BC against the Lions. As I said last week, I don’t mind that there won’t be a home playoff game. The Bombers have played much better this year on the road. Go Blue!

You may have already seen this photo I took on Portage last week. I think it’s safe to say whoever wins the White House, prayers are going to be needed.


I just realized there’s another anniversary this week. I started writing this column one year ago. I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to doing it for a long time. Thank you for reading it every week. But a big thanks to MyToba CEO Kevin Klein! He’s been so supportive and such a pleasure to work with!

Have a great week!

Hal Anderson