Beating Swords into Snow Shovels Day

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On January 14, 1999, Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman was the first man to call in the Armed Forces of Canada to help clear the snow from a major storm.  lastmanSomething like a meter of snow fell on the city.  Add that it is a rather large city and the wind was able to blow around and piled the snow deeper than a meter, it was a mammoth task.  Mel Lastman was criticised for this action.  I remember this event.  Had I lived in Toronto at the time, I would have been glad to see someone clearing my driveway.

Today is Beating Swords into Snow Shovels Day to mark the day when an army put down their weapons to help their population that they are to protect, and to serve, and to shovel out if the need arises.

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