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The Steam Gracing the Winnipeg Skyline Thanks to Polar Vortex   Leave a comment


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The city of Winnipeg is located in north-central North America. It is so far away from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that the city never receives moderating weather influences from those bodies of water during the winter months. The only big body of water close to Winnipeg is Hudson Bay, located straight north on the edges of the Arctic circle. The Bay turns into a huge iceberg during winter which leads to a bone chilling event called a “Hudson Bay Polar Vortex”. This is a very bone chilling weather front that descends down onto Winnipeg.  When the HBPV hits the city the steam really starts rising.

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Winnipeg is by far the coldest big city in Canada. It is ranked fourth in the world behind three Siberian cities. No moderating influences from the oceans.

 

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Super-tough Winnipeg construction workers doing it in this crazy weather.

 

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Posted January 4, 2017 by markosun in Weather, Winnipeg

Spectacular Fireworks over Winnipeg Winter Sky   Leave a comment


 

 

Great fireworks show at The Forks last night.

 

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Posted January 1, 2017 by markosun in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Crime Statistics 2016 Final Tally   Leave a comment


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Crime in Winnipeg in 2016 did not increase dramatically nor did it decline in any substantial way. Homicides were down from 2015 by one unfortunate soul. The homicide levels have been in a reduce mode the last few years, six years ago 30+ homicides a year were normal. Winnipeg has given up the infamous title of murder capital of Canada. ‘The City of Champions” is now the murder champion belt holder in Canada. Edmonton had 40 homicides this year.

Back in ‘The Peg’ robberies and break and enters were way up. Desperate people doing bold things to get that next twelve pack or meth fix. Overall however it was a good year in terms of Winnipeg breaking its long held reputation as the ‘Detroit of the North’.

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Source: Winnipeg police Service

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Posted December 31, 2016 by markosun in Crime, Winnipeg

The Forks Assiniboine River Skating Trail back in business   Leave a comment


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The part of The Forks skating trail system that is on the Assiniboine River has been silent for 3-4 years. Thin ice thickness, uncooperative weather and strong currents didn’t allow any action on the Assiniboine. But Winnipeg had a blast from the polar vortex for a week that froze the nuts on bridges, not to mention the rivers. So the ice is thick enough and the crews are getting the trail ready. I’m starting to look for my skates.

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A problematic area of the Assiniboine, I think there is an outlet of some sort under there keeping the ice from freezing.

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The skating pond is full of activity.

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The paths around The Forks have been flooded and frozen, including the bridge.

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Snow couches, or the British/Canadian term chesterfields.

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Other Forks shots.

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Downtown

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An elderly citizen with a cane and a helmet, just to be safe.

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Some spruced up planters near MTS Centre.

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Lots of snow out there.

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Posted December 30, 2016 by markosun in Winnipeg

Basketball player in TV show ‘Incorporated’ wearing Winnipeg jersey   2 comments


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Flipping the channels around the other night I was surprised to see my hometown’s name all over the screen. On the show ‘Incorporated’ a guy is tossing basketballs around, what’s better his jersey has Winnipeg across the front. Winnipeg is not exactly a basketball hotbed. But what the hey.

Incorporated is an American television drama series. The show premiered November 30, 2016, on Syfy. Before its official premiere, Syfy released an advance preview of the first episode online on November 16, 2016. The story takes place in Milwaukee.

I checked the filming locations on IMDB and it’s shot in Toronto. So there must be a former Pegger with some influence regarding content on the show. Way to go!

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In the vid below I dubbed music over the dialogue because of its use of obscene terms. This is a family blog, sort of.

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Posted December 24, 2016 by markosun in Television, Winnipeg

Thick, toxic stifling smog over Beijing   Leave a comment


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Beijing sent out its highest level of smog alert on Dec. 16 for the first time this year, suspending schools and restricting cars on the road while the city remains shrouded in a visible—and toxic—fog.

By 5 pm today (Dec. 19), Beijing’s PM 2.5, the fine particulate matter in its air, had reached 460 in some areas, according to the air quality index (AQI). The city’s 21 million citizens are wearing masks and staying indoors to protect themselves against these hazardous levels, which could have serious health effects and are expected to continue until Dec 21 .

Here are some images from a city living under a fog these last few days:

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Modernization of China, but at what cost?

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What is interesting about this photo isn’t just another mask, get a load of the size of that hockey goal.

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Population (2015)
 • Municipality 21,700,000
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
 • Urban 18,590,000
 • Metro (2010) 24,900,000
 • Ranks in China Population: 27th;
Density: 4th


Posted December 20, 2016 by markosun in Geography, Winnipeg

Winnipeg downtown sidewalks after the blizzard, one word, treacherous   Leave a comment


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It’s been 4 days since the blizzard last week, yet the sidewalks downtown are icy, full of jagged hard snow and in some areas almost impassable. What is the city doing? Waiting for it to melt, that will take another 4 months. Anybody that doesn’t have good snow boots with excellent grips, isn’t athletic and in good shape, will never be able to traverse these snow canyons.

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I pity the elderly and disabled people. They can’t maneuver through these obstacle courses. What about people with walkers, scooters and wheelchairs? They are confined to their homes, can’t go shopping or attend appointments. The city has to get its ass in gear and clear these hills and glaciers.

This is a canyon, the little gully to walk on is more slippery than polytetrafluoroethene. Bloody dangerous!

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Some disabled person gave up and left the chair, and hopefully called a taxi.

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Meanwhile Winnipeggers keep trudging along in -30 windchill weather. They are a tough breed.

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The super-tough construction workers keep working in these ungodly temperatures at the True North Square site.

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Posted December 12, 2016 by markosun in Winnipeg