Needless to say, the restaurant closed early yesterday. We were plunged in complete darkness in scorching weather, and I have to say I've never been more proud to be a Canadian. There were volunteers at every steet intersection directing trafic. Not a horn was to be heard anywhere. No looting, no tempers flaring. I guess we're used to crisis by now. Let's see: just this summer we've had: - SARS - Mad cow - Blackout - West Nile virus - new SARS-like virus on the west coast - looming locust epidemic in Toronto expected any day So my thoughts are with all the towns and cities both North and South of the border who have been affected by this. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. By fall we'll all be such tough little buggers!