Apparently we can blame the cold on our founding fathers' belief that a cold climate fosters genius, while a warmer one would lead to degeneracy.
Not too much genius - or compassion - in evidence in the Territory Government however, with the news that they have been blocking the efforts of a number of local churches to open their halls to the homeless over winter.
The churches wanted to open their halls to those sleeping rough on a rotation basis. The problem is that the church halls lack showers and some may not comply with fire standards necessary for 'accomodation'.
So they applied for an exemption from the Territory Government.
And were knocked back because, apparently, this extreme secularist mob were concerned at the idea of volunteers - instead of trained professional staff - dealing with homeless people.