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Freezing Temperatures in Edmonton May Lead to a Freezeway

Edmonton Freezeway

Rather than cursing the cold weather, the city of Edmonton is turning lemon into lemonade – or rather turning sub-zero temperatures into an 11-kilometre long “freezeway” which would allow residents to strap on a pair of skates and glide to work.

The Freezeway, which was proposed two years ago by UBC landscape architecture graduate Matt Gibbs, would be an 11-kilometre greenway with a “winter skating lane” that would allow Edmontonians and visitors to skate around the city. And in the summer (wait… does Edmonton have a summer?) the path could be used by pedestrians and cyclists.

Gibbs took the idea from an offhand comment made by a city councillor back in the 90s.

“Why don’t we just crack the fire hydrants open, flood the streets and let people skate to work in the winter?” Former city councillor Tooker Gomberg said in the 1990s.

Maybe because the last thing people want to do on a Monday morning is skate in below-freezing temperature with a briefcase in their hand and then have to walk the rest of the way to work carrying their skates? Or maybe because investing the money is a working LRT system might be more useful than a seven-mile ice rink?

Nevertheless, Gibbs took the idea and built a design – winning him first place in the 2013 COLDSCAPES international design competition, which focuses on maximizing the potential of cold climate cities.

The idea garnered plenty of attention and Edmonton city organizers, eager to follow in the footsteps of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, are now planning a pilot project for as early as next winter.

Councillor Scott McKeen said the Freezeway would be a welcome addition.

“Edmonton has not exploited to any great extent one of its greatest natural resources – winter,” said Mr McKeen. “Like other North American cities in colder climates, we’ve tried to engineer our way out of it. … Even most of our hockey facilities are now indoors and heated.”

But not everyone agrees.

Councillor Mike Nickel called the Freezeway “the stupidest idea I’ve heard”.

Meh, worst case the Edmonton Oilers can use it to practice. Actually, better keep the Oilers off it – they might get in the way of people who can skate.

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And This Week’s Darwin Award Goes To…. The Edmonton Man Who Nearly Killed His Friend in a Stab-Proof Vest Demonstration

Darwin Award Stab Proof Vest

A 21-year-old Darwin Award recipient from Edmonton was sentenced to six months in jail for wounding his friend was testing out a stab-proof vest.

The Darwin Award winning duo were hanging out at an apartment when Justin Harder, 18, came up with the bright idea to test out the “stab-proof” vest he’d just acquired. Harder was so confident that he vest made him invincible that he begged Calvin Wesley Clackson, 21, to stab him in the chest.

Clackson obliged and stabbed at his friend with a folding knife. But buyer beware: the vest didn’t work as advertised. Instead, the blade tore through the vest and stabbing Harder in the heart area.

“It was a non-stab-proof vest, if you can call it that,” Crown prosecutor Mark Huyser-Wierenga told the court.

So in other words, it was just a vest…

When Clackson saw the blood gushing out, he did what any Darwin Award Winner would do and fled the scene, leaving his girlfriend behind to call 911. Harder was rushed to the hostpial to receive life-saving emergency surgery while Clackson was later picked up by police trying to cash a forged cheque at a Money Mart.

Clackson pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing bodily harm and was  handed an “extremely charitable” six-month jail sentence for the stabbing.

“This was a pretty serious incident, even though the victim was incredibly stupid, to put it politely,” the judge told court. “It was foolish of the friend to give the invitation, but it was criminally negligent for Mr. Clackson to take up the invitation. Stabbing a person in the heart area, irrespective of a vest or not, is a dangerous activity.”

And the Darwin Award runner up? The man who butt-dialed the guy he was planning on killing while talking about his plan to kill him. 68-year-old Larry Barnett from Arkansas butt-dialed his intended victim while giving a hitman instructions on how to kill him. The victim, who listened in on the call for an hour and a half (it must have been a complicated kill), heard Barnett give the hitman a description of himself and directions to his house. Needless to say, he rang up the police as soon as the call ended and Barnett and his accomplice were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Congratulations to the “winners!”

Via: Edmonton Journal 

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