Today's letters: The four seasons, and how we measure them

By Carol Evoy, F. Dale Boire and others, Ottawa Citizen Letters to the Editor, December 29, 2018

The winter of our discontent

Re: Are we counting seasons wrong? There are lots of reasons not to have winter begin this late in December, Dec. 21.

I was delighted to read Tom Spears’s article asking: Are we counting the seasons wrong? To which my response is yes, yes, yes!

It is obvious that winter in Ottawa starts well before the solstice date, which merely marks the shortest day of the year. By any objective measure (snow, snow tires, freezing temperatures), winter has already been underway for about a month.

(...)Let’s stop single-use plastics

As we prepare to welcome 2019 with a wish that it will offer good health and happiness to our family and friends, some people may also set their sights on the noble goal of reducing what has been commonly referred to as our less-than-positive impact on the planet.

While some world leaders have attached considerable importance to reducing the environmental consequences of climate change, we need the same level of commitment by all countries to the end of single-use plastics.

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