In the era of former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, weather conditions were broadcast by human voice through radio waves across Canada. However, in the shadows of his son’s government, that voice may be silenced in Haldimand and replaced with an app.
“It’s inevitable, we can’t stop time,” said Paul Brown, retired Hamilton firefighter and vice-president of Haldimand-Norfolk Amateur Radio Club. “But good Lord, there are some things that we just got to remember: that in an emergency, the cellphone system will be the first thing to go down.”
Environment Canada is considering decommissioning approximately 48 of the nation’s 230 Weatheradio transmitters that broadcast weather information, and the Normandale station, serving people from Long Point through to Fort Erie, is on that list.
Since 1976, Weatheradio Canada’s transmitters have broadcast weather conditions and short-term forecasts, warnings and emergent advisories, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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