Tree limbs bend and break from the weight of the ice as it coats branches
Most of the power was lost from trees coming down on the hydro wires - not from the ice on the hydro lines
2015 seems to be slightly different. Rain and record breaking warm temperatures usher in the last countdown to Santa's special day. El Nino will leave a lot of Canada with a milder winter while Ontario will return to a classic winter during the second half of the season.
And on a related note - here are some bike couriers at the annual Icycle Race.