Frankly, when I first heard about the Polar Bear Plunge I had visions of vodka-bellied Siberian miners in undersized ’70’s Hom underwear, rather than Scotiabank managers and members of the Police Brotherhood in t-shirts and wet suits. But such is the modern-day litigious environment in which we live that every potential for injury must be either eliminated or prepared for. There was a rescue boat, four police divers, two mobile hospitals and an emergency hypothermia hot-tub. Nevertheless, it was a charity event for the Special Olympics, and one has to recognize that at 38 degrees Fahrenheit, the water was pretty damned cold. Give credit where credit is due.

Let the games begin

TV news was there

Lineup

The plunge

Jumping bears

Muscle beach

Stowing the canon

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