M2006.143.21 | Aislin, on holiday, misses Montreal's ice storm

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Drawing, cartoon
Aislin, on holiday, misses Montreal's ice storm
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1998, 20th century
Ink, felt pen and opaque white on paper
26.3 x 27.1 cm
Gift of Mrs. Mary Hughson-Mosher
© McCord Museum
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There was no better time to be far away from Québec than January 1998. When cartoonist Aislin returned from a two-week cruise in Barbados, having missed the ice storm that had turned Quebeckers' lives upside down, his co-workers aimed a few sarcastic remarks his way.

  • What

    A bad ice storm caused many transmission towers to collapse, leading to major disruption of Québec's power grid. As a result, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were left without electricity, and Quebeckers' confidence in the authorities' ability to deal with a crisis of this magnitude was severely shaken.

  • Where

    In Québec, the worst-hit area was a triangle formed by the towns of St. Jean sur Richelieu, Granby and St. Hyacinthe.

  • When

    The acute period of the ice storm lasted from January 5 to February 8, 1998.

  • Who

    Aislin, whose real name is Terry Mosher, is a cartoonist with The Gazette. Peggy Curran is a journalist with the same newspaper.