Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Asbestos in Gillam

In bitching, Uncategorized on March 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm


These photos were shared on facebook today by a resident of Gillam Manitoba.

This is the local dump in Gillam Manitoba. According to the tags, these are bags of asbestos fibres.  

I got this from the Town of Gillam website,

March 3, 2012
The Town of Gillam Council made an informed decision to accept non-hazardous waste into the Gillam waste disposal ground. Approval and guidelines were received from Manitoba Conservation for the handling and disposal of the material and the work will carry on over the next few days. Due to the increased traffic at the waste disposal ground, we are asking the public to use caution when utilizing the site. MAYOR AND COUNCIL

Non-hazardous material.  Nice try.  We already know that asbestos is a dangerous poison and it was removed from all the houses when I was a small child in the 1970s.  I have vivid memories of workmen coming to drill holes in the sides of many houses and removing it as I played nearby. You can still see evidence of those holes on some houses. 

From the photos, you can see some of the bags are all ready coming apart.  Those that aren’t, will come apart eventually.  

If you have ever been to a dump, then you’ll know that dumps are a favorite hangout of birds, bears and other creatures.  Does it cause cancer and lung disease in animals do you think?  Or does it only do that to humans?

I would have been shocked, save for the recent stories about the asbestos industry in Canada over the past year or so.  

Prime Minister Harper has been the new champion of the Canadian Asbestos industry for sometime.  So I guess situations like this were only a matter of time.


Bunk Bike Lane Continues!

In bitching, Bullshit Winnipeg on September 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm


Driving down King St. today, traffic was jammed so I turned off, and VOILA, the bike lane reappeared!

I put some thought into it and I think I figured out how it works. You must somehow materialize on your bike at Princess and Logan in the left hand lane. Ride merrily along for 3 blocks, then shimmy over to the right hand lane at Bannatyne and Princess so that you’ll be able to turn right on Bannatyne. Otherwise, you wind up trapped in the danger zone at Princess and McDermot. The best way I can think of to make this possible during rush hour, is to do it like that bike scene in E.T. where they all ride their bikes over the cars.

If you do make it to Bannatyne, the bike lane continues in the middle of the center driving lane and the right hand lane. When I went down there today at about 4 o’clock, there were quite a few cars either blocking the bike lane, driving in the bike lane or inching into the bike lane from their parking spots. So the message here is that you can get from Princess and Logan to Health Science Center on your bike, but be really, really careful.

Bunk Bike Lane

In Bullshit Winnipeg on September 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm


I keep wondering if there are hidden cameras on the new bike lane in downtown Winnipeg. It has to have been set up for some sort of sketch comedy or reality show. There is no way that it’s for real. If it’s not for a comedy show, then it must have been devised as a way to get rid of those pesky cyclists.

It all starts very suddenly at the corner of Princess and Logan. I laugh out loud every time I drive past it.

Picture yourself happily riding your bike to work in the right hand lane, when a bike lane magically appears on the opposite side of the street. Oh how nice! You scoonch over to the other side, avoiding rush hour traffic to arrive safely in the new bike lane and continue on your merry way. 4 or 5 blocks later, with no warning whatsoever, the bike lane comes to an abrupt halt and you are trapped on the left side of the intersection at McDermot and Princess. AAAAAAAAAA! Where do you go? What do you do? All the cars that are now in the same lane as you, are turning left, parked cars in front of you and all you can do is hop up onto the sidewalk and wait for the light to change so that you can cross the street and go back to the right hand side of the street from whence you came.

Too funny.