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Manitoba Winters

February 8, 2019

There is a saying that goes like this. ‘Canada has 4 seasons: Almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction.’ According to the weather of late, we are definitely still in ‘one’ of the winter seasons. Others say there as 12 seasons – with about 1/4 of them related to winter in some way. These past two weeks, we have had 4 days where Gateway buses were cancelled due to either very high wind chills or stormy weather. This could be the making of a new record. Gateway Resources follows the Garden Valley School Division Schedule. Whenever the Garden Valley School Division announces a school closure, there is also no bus service for Gateway Resources. Generally Curbside Household Recycling pick up will still continue following the City of Winkler garbage pick up schedule; however when wind chills are in the dangerous zones – as in -45 and lower, there is the possibility that recycling pick-up also be cancelled, as occurred twice in these past 2 weeks. However, the Recycling Depot at Gateway is open 24/7 so Winkler residents are always welcome to drop off recyclables at the depot. Although we are certainly in the grips of a Manitoba winter there is hope, at least according to Manitoba Merv. On February 2nd, Groundhog day, the Global News Network had the following news report. ‘Sick of the cold? So is Manitoba’s most famous groundhog. Manitoba Merv joined the likes of Wiarton Willie in saying spring is around the corner, as the furry creature did not see its shadow at Oak Hammock Marsh on Saturday morning. Winnipeg Wyn, who is a real groundhog, while Merv is a puppet, also decided spring was on the way, according to the folks at Fort Whyte Alive, where Wyn hangs out year-round.’ In the meantime, there is something to be said for the ‘Winter Wonderland’ we are experiencing this year – the beauty of a cold, snowy Manitoba winter day when the sun shines brightly and the pearly white snow glitters like so many little diamonds. As someone once said, “In Manitoba, winter isn’t just a mere season–for part of the year, it’s a way of life.”

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