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Onoway apologizes for 'alarming' pink tap water


Complaints pour in to town office as fuchsia water flows from faucets


The Town of Onoway in central Alberta is apologizing to its 1,000 residents after drinking water from taps started running bright pink.


Complaints about strange fuchsia-coloured water started pouring into the town office Monday night.


Residents of the town, 60 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, were puzzled and perturbed by the bright pink water, and took to social media to share their concerns.


"My hubby gets up this morning to take a shower and he goes, 'Sheila, why is there pink water coming out of the faucet?'" said Sheila Pockett, laughing.


The water cleared up after running for four or five minutes, she said.


Even though the couple find the tap water too hard to drink, she wishes the town had posted a warning on its website to let residents know whether the pink water was harmful.


In a statement posted to its Facebook page at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the town said the strange colour was caused by a chemical used during routine flushing of the lines and was not a cause for concern.


"Yesterday, during normal line flushing and filter backwashing, a valve seems to have stuck open allowing potassium permanganate to get into the sump reservoir," reads the statement. "The reservoir was drained, however some of the chemical still made it into the distribution system.


"While it is alarming to see pink water coming from your taps, potassium permanganate is used in normal treatment processes to help remove iron and manganese and residents were never at risk."


Alberta Environment inspected the water lines Tuesday afternoon and the town hoping to complete all necessary repairs and maintenance by the end of Tuesday.


Mayor apologizes


The town did not comment publicly on the incident until hours after the first complaints were made.


Mayor Dale Krasnow apologized for that on the town's website.


"We were never advised by Alberta Environment to issue a public advisory and all indications are that there was never a public health risk," said Krasnow.


"Could the town have done a better job of communicating what was going on yesterday to our community absolutely, without a doubt. And we do apologize for that."


Pockett took the incident in stride.


"I know spring is in the air, but spring in the taps? Come on."


Potassium permanganate, also known as potassium salt, is a chemical disinfectant commonly used to remove iron and hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg smell) from well water and waste water.


Permanganate is a strong oxidizer similar to chlorine. It can cause irritation or burns when the undiluted salt makes direct contact with skin.


The city wanted to clean the house piping too! ;)

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And now you understand why I drink only distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure-grain alcohol when I go to Canadia on business.

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Saskatchewan rancher Adrienne Ivey may have heard of a beaver, but until now, had never seen a beaver herd — cattle, that is.

On Friday, Ivey and her husband were surprised to see 150 of their heifers crowded together in one of their pastures.

Curious about the strange behaviour, they investigated further, to find the herd of cattle following a beaver that had wandered along.

"He was out and about, I think looking for a new place to build a beaver lodge, and they were following him," Ivey said. "There was about a three-foot space around him. They didn't want to get closer than that."

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Woman rescued from crane by Toronto firefighter faces 6 mischief charges


A 23-year-old woman has been charged with six counts of mischief after she climbed a towering crane early Wednesday in downtown Toronto, requiring emergency services to spend 2½ hours rescuing her during a meticulous operation.Police have identified the Toronto woman as Marisa Lazo. She is scheduled to appear at the College Park courthouse Thursday morning

Toronto police said the mischief charges relate to interfering with property. Lazo was examined at the hospital before being taken to 51 Division. She is set to appear in court Thursday.
Firefighter Rob Wonfor helped lower the woman safely to the ground of a parkette.
The rescue began around 6 a.m. ET — more than two hours after emergency crews first received a call about a woman on the crane.
Police closed Wellesley Street between Church and Yonge streets to aid in the rescue of Lazo.
An ambulance was waiting beside the crane while the firefighter assisted her to the ground. Police officers put her in handcuffs before leading her on foot to an ambulance.Lazo, who was dressed in jeans, a button-down shirt and a light denim jacket, was placed on a stretcher and covered with a blanket.
Wonfor, an acting captain and 22-year veteran of the Toronto Fire Service, was also checked by paramedics, who checked his core temperature and ensured his vital signs were strong, Chief Matthew Pegg said.
Wonfor later told reporters it "was pretty cold up there," but he had to stay focused on getting through the operation.
The hardest part was the climb up the crane carrying multiple cables, he noted. He said he was "very tired" after the rescue.
"I have no idea how she did it," Wonfor said of Lazo's climb, adding that her boots appeared to have two-inch heels.
"She has to tell me how she did it, because she has to be our new training officer for high-angle [rescue], because it's impressive," he said. "It was hard enough for me to go up with ropes and harnesses and she free-climbed that."While he has performed many rescue operations over his career, Wonfor said this one was the most dramatic. He noted the Lazo was "very calm" when he got to her, and that helped him remain calm.
Asked whether he would take the rest of the day off, Wonfor said he had to go play goalie in a firefighters' hockey tournament.
'Slow, tedious climb'
Wonfor and a Toronto police emergency task force officer made what platoon Chief Kevin Shaw described as "a slow, tedious" climb up the crane to reach the trapped woman, who apparently climbed the crane and slid down a cable onto the pulley.
The first rescue plan called for an operator to rotate the crane and then lower the pulley to the ground. However, once that got started, the firefighter on the pulley identified a safety concern and that plan was stopped.Pegg called Wonfor a "highly skilled, highly trained" rescuer, and praised the entire team for safely executing a "very complex rescue."
"We train for this, and our crews certainly train for this, although we've never seen one quite like this before," Pegg told reporters. "There isn't a textbook, but I think they just wrote it."
Police and firefighters were speaking to the Lazo via a loudspeaker throughout the morning, but they could not hear her because she was more than 30 metres in the air.Police and fire crews said they did not know why Lazo was on the crane.
An image from the scene earlier Wednesday morning showed her sitting on the pulley attached to the crane, and tightly gripping a cable.
Shaw said he was "very surprised" that a civilian "had the nerve" to climb the crane and slide down the cable without gloves.
"Obviously she shouldn't be there," he said.


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Canada is not a simple story of French, British and Indigenous nations. At the point when British Columbia became a colony in 1851, for example, the Pacific coast contained sizable populations of Indigenous nations, a thin scattering of British and U.S. trappers and miners and a well-established community of Hawaiian Canadians.

Indigenous Hawaiians, who crewed transpacific ships, had been settling the Vancouver and Victoria areas since the 1780s, jumping ship to take jobs in the burgeoning fur and later mining and timber industries; in the 19th century, they were recruited and imported by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

In the 1830s, Hawaiian Canadians were the single most populous ethnic group employed by the company on the West Coast. By 1851, half the working-age population in Fort Victoria was native Hawaiian. By 1867, according to Tom Koppel’s history of their community, the Hawaiians had become farmers, landowners and fishermen, and were known, sometimes derisively, as “Kanaka” (the Pacific Island word for “man”). There was a substantial “Kanaka Row” shack town in Victoria, and sizable districts in Vancouver and on Salt Spring Island. They had their own schools and preachers, and while they taught their children English, some subscribed to Hawaiian-language newspapers.


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The estimated jackpot for Wednesday's Lotto 6/49 is $7 million, or chump change if your name happens to be Omar Khadr.

The Trudeau government is reportedly set to settle a civil suit launched by Khadr, and pay the young Canadian al-Qaida operative upwards of $10 million, as well as officially apologize to him for not treating him with kid gloves and intervention hugs.

How cruel of us, reads the acquiescent fine print, to treat him like the terrorist he was, and not as a misguided "child soldier."

Meanwhile, U.S. Marine Sgt. Christopher Speer, killed in Afghanistan where we lost 159 of our own, has been dead now for 15 years, thanks to a grenade tossed by Khadr.

Two weeks before receiving his mortal wounding, Speer was awarded the Soldier's Medal for risking his life to save two Afghan children trapped in a minefield.

So excuse us if our heart does not bleed for Khadr like the progressives now cheering his civil court victory.

Excuse us, too, that we think it is hideous for Ottawa to give him $10 million in taxpayers' money, and an even more hideous to apologize for not coming to his rescue when the Americans first captured him -- but not before U.S. medics saved his life -- and tossed him into Guantanamo Bay for war crimes.

Ah, the apple and the tree. They don't easily part.

Omar Khadr's father, a well-documented al-Qaida insurgent, was killed in 2003 during a firefight with Pakistani forces. His younger brother was shot and rendered a paraplegic in the same battle in which his father was killed. A third spent five years in jail on a U.S. extradition request before finally being released.

And yet another bragged to the press about being a proud member of an "al-Qaida family."

Let us not forget, too, that Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to Speer's murder in 2010, and was sentenced to eight more years in prison.

So this is the price we pay for bringing him "home" two years later so he could serve the rest of his sentence in Canada, and then sue us for trampling on his rights.

Ten million big ones, and a grovel.




I want to puke!!!

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The consensus in Iqaluit seems to be that everyone with a credit card has an Amazon Prime membership. That's because people can often find groceries cheaper online than in local stores, despite government food subsidy programs.

"Amazon Prime has done more toward elevating the standard of living of my family than any territorial or federal program. Full stop. Period," a local principal, who declined to speak further, said on Facebook.



Alookie Itorcheak said she's been using Amazon for four years, to make being a mom more affordable.

A box of 180 Pampers costs about $70 off the shelf in Iqaluit; on Amazon, similar size boxes are around $35.

Diapers are not covered by Nutrition North, the federal program that gives subsidies to northern retailers. It was one of many items dropped from the eligibility list when the government replaced the former Food Mail program with Nutrition North in 2011.


This kind of thing makes more sense to me, as an application of delivery drones. Imagine a drone design that is cheap to fab, MTBF (including crashes) of about 1000 flight hours, payload of 100-250 kg, runs on autogas. Able to fly 24/7 in icing conditions. Biweekly, weekly, or semi-weekly delivery to small towns.


Heck, have engineering students design a conversion kit where drone engines which have passed their service life can be quickly converted to AC generators to use as a backup at schools, etc.

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TORONTO, July 21 (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers walking across the U.S. border into Canada rose in June after dropping in the previous two months, according to government figures released on Friday.

There were 884 refugee claimants who crossed the border between formal crossings and were picked up by Royal Canadian Mounted Police last month, bringing the total for the first half of 2017 to 4,345, the data showed.

The vast majority, 88 percent, of June's crossers went to the province of Quebec, a marked contrast from previous months where upwards of 100 a month went to the prairie province of Manitoba.

Many asylum seekers whom Reuters has spoken to said they left the United States because they feared deportation in light of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown.

Once in Canada, they are detained and held for questioning and security screening before being allowed to file refugee claims. However, time spent in the United States may put them at a disadvantage.

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