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Dome concepts for Winnipeg   Leave a comment


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As the beautiful summer Winnipeg experienced in 2016 fades away, the citizens realize the dark, cold, windy, snow covered hell frozen over reality  of the impending winter will be here soon.

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Winters in Winnipeg are usually long and dry with occasional blasts of bitterly cold weather from the northwest.  Out of Canada’s 100 largest cities, Winnipeg’s winter is the tenth coldest with an average low of −20.2 °C (−4.4 °F). The snow cover season lasts 132 days; usually from November till March, sometimes earlier or later. From December through February the maximum daily temperature exceeds 0 °C (32 °F), on average, for only 10 days and the minimum daily temperature falls below −20 °C (−4 °F) on 49 days. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Winnipeg was −47.8 °C (−54 °F), on 24 December 1879 and the coldest since then was −45 °C (−49 °F) on 18 February 1966. Within the past ten years, the temperature has dipped below −40.0 °C (−40 °F) once on 5 February 2007 as well as both 29 and 30 January 2004. On 1 February 1996 the temperature was −41.8 °C (−43.2 °F) however, the wind chill was -57.1, making this the coldest windchill in the city’s history.

But let us think ahead. If the funding and technology could coalesce, what about a dome, or domes for the city?  That way the citizens could sit outside on their decks, mow the lawn and never have to plug in the car year round. The city’s snow removal budget would be non-existent, that extra revenue could be applied to the dome payments. Outdoor swimming pools could stay open all the time, drive-in restaurants could sell ice cream for 12 months and cyclists could inflame the tempers of drivers all bloody year!  It would be sensational!

If the city, provincial and federal governments could each provide 10 billion dollars, and the elite prosperous entrepreneurs combined with the business oligarchs of Winnipeg provide another 10 billion, voila, the project rockets skyward. Lets do it!

Downtown Winnipeg in January

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Notice a second dome in the background protecting St. Boniface

The Osborne Village area during a polar vortex in February

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Sensational! Go canoeing on the Assiniboine River while a Siberian Polar Front invades western Canada, and Edmontonians are freezing their backsides, ha!

The Golden Boy atop the Legislative building would not have to endure blistering ice pellets that rain down from the frozen ionosphere.

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What seems like unattainable dreams can come true, we just have to believe and stay with the dream.  Persist, never say die! The dream also needs a gold mine to be discovered underneath downtown Winnipeg.

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Posted December 21, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg winterland   1 comment


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Posted March 7, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg Crime Stats Update March 2016   Leave a comment


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Posted March 5, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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March in Winnipeg, in like a Lion, Hopefully out like a Lamb   Leave a comment


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Posted March 5, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg Winter Sidewalks   Leave a comment


Walking the sidewalks in Winnipeg during the cold months. The winter whiteness can be mesmerizing and pristine. The crunch of the soft frozen flakes beneath your boots.  The sun reflecting off the snow banks creating unexpected warmth. It can be a very nice experience.

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And then the melting begins!

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And for some unexplainable reason the bureaucrats at City Hall do nothing. They obviously never walk further than their cars to the elevators in the heated parkades.  Idiots. What are little old ladies with walkers suppose to do. The disabled in scooters will get stuck and need a tow. Anybody not wearing water-proof battle boots will get their socks wet.

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Look at that slop and icy mush. All the sand poured all winter on the sidewalks combined with spit, ice and settled carbon monoxide, a mixture from Chernobyl. If a citizen slips and falls into that crap they will need to be decontaminated at a military chemical warfare facility.

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How hard would it be to put blades on some of those little sidewalk sweeper buggies they use in the summer and clear a path through the ice and melting snow down to the pavement. Or put to work some of the hundreds of vagrants loitering downtown clearing the sidewalks with snow shovels.  Doesn’t the City Hall suits care? I’d like to get Mayor Bowman’s Grandmother trudging through that icy quagmire carrying a heavy shopping bag in high heels!

Even the most athletic big strapping palooka could wipe out and smash his head on this precarious and deadly ice trap.

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Come on civic politicians, make life better for us pedestrians who thump around on the sidewalks trying desperately to stay in the vertical position. 

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Posted February 25, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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True North Square Will Be a Major Development in Downtown Winnipeg   Leave a comment


The giant power crane drill diggers are grinding up the ground at the True North Square construction site with reckless abandon. Huge drill bits 8 feet across pulverize the ground and whatever is below it, steel pipes, concrete, old sewers and possibly bison bones from centuries past. A very ambitious project is under construction in Winnipeg’s downtown. It’s even bigger and bolder than was first envisioned, and on Wednesday the “transformative” True North Square development in downtown Winnipeg took another giant step towards becoming a reality.

I’m not sure what the exact name is for these monster drills, but I call them power crane drill diggers (PCDD’s).

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Another new wrinkle is the announcement that True North Square will now boast four high-rise towers instead of three. Also, that two of the towers, not just one, will have a large residential component. Not only will Sutton Place be building a 17-storey, 130-unit condominium tower next to its 27-storey hotel on the west side of Carlton Street, but the 24-storey second tower on the east side will also include 145 residential units, along with a mix of office and retail space.

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But while there have been some significant changes to the plans that were unveiled last year, a number of other key elements remain unchanged. One is the inclusion of a large, public plaza/parkway which will stretch from the northwest corner of Graham and Hargrave to almost the corner of Carlton and St. Mary Avenue.

Another is the inclusion of a series of enclosed skywalks connecting the four towers and providing another weather-protected link between Cityplace and the RBC Convention Centre. Like the plaza, the skywalks will be considered part of the public domain, Ludlow said, although it hasn’t been determined yet whether portions of them will run through some of the privately-owned buildings in the development, such as the Sutton Place Hotel, or be built on the outside of them.

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The change is that the long building at left centre will now be two taller buildings.

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Posted February 24, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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First Winnipeg Crime Stats Update for 2016   Leave a comment


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Posted February 13, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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As The World Turns Over Downtown Winnipeg   Leave a comment


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Posted February 12, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Morning Has Broken Over Winterpeg   Leave a comment


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Posted January 31, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg Photos: The Forks Skating Trail and More…   Leave a comment


The Forks skating trail opened last week. One of the latest starts ever for the trail. The warm temps in December caused the open water on the rivers.  Only the Red River section of the trail is open. The Assiniboine River section is still too wet, see pics below.

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The Alloway & Champion Arch. It commemorates Winnipeg millionaire philanthropist William Forbes Alloway who started the Winnipeg Foundation charity back in the 1920’s.  The Arch opened in September, 2015.

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The Great Ice Show at The Forks. Ice artisans from China chiseled incredible sculptures including a huge toboggan slide.  Only drawback, the admittance fee is $25.

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Two full size hockey rinks

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Some blossoming skaters. They are using chairs to stay vertical.

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The Red River section with warming huts.

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The Assiniboine River where during normal years there is a great skating trail. Due to the mild temps and fast flowing current this year there is substantial open water.  This has confused a couple ducks that forgot to fly south.

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Some photos by Stan Milosevic. Google name, sensational Winnipeg photos.

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The Cube Stage in the Exchange District

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Great aerial shot of downtown Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 15: An aerial view of the Winnipeg skyline by the Red River on June 15, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Posted January 27, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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