Residents in Winnipeg have been advised that they can now turn off their faucets without danger of having their pipes freeze. Say what you will about man-made global warming, but this day couldn't come soon enough for most.
In related news, the average water bill rate in Detroit, Michigan is double the national average (for no apparent reason) and thousands of users have fallen behind. The city's shutting off water to 3,000 residences a week, with plans to discontinue service to nearly 80,000. So to the north, a group called the Council of Canadians has taken it to the United Nations.
The UN calls the plan to shut off water a clear violation of human rights.
Maybe it is, maybe it isn't - but then, the city's bankrupt itself, with some $18 billion in debt. And what's the U.N. going to do? Send a strongly-worded letter? In any case, Maude Barlow, who heads the organization, isn't going to stop with the U.N.:
Barlow will be part of a convoy bringing what she called "good Canadian, public, clean water" across the river to Detroit on July 24.
"Our water is their water," Barlow said.
Just being good neighbors? Or is this part of a plot to annex Michigan?