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Back on track to Churchill

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Passenger rail service between Gillam and Churchill is finally back on track.

Six weeks after a derailment forced rail service to shut down, a Via Rail Canada train was scheduled to leave Gillam bound for the land of polar bears and belugas at 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

The first train to depart Churchill is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m.

On June 2, 13 freight train cars derailed near Churchill. Via Rail is currently communicating with all customers who booked tickets before the track was closed.

For more information, visit viarail.ca or contact 1-888-VIA-RAIL (842-7245) or 1-800-268-9503 (for the hearing impaired).

 

Killarney algae warnings

ALGAE advisory signs have been posted at Killarney Lake beach after an algal bloom was observed and sampled this past week.

Water testing by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship showed the number of blue-green algae cells was above the recreational water quality guidelines for cyanobacteria cell count, the province said Friday.

It issued a reminder to people to avoid swimming in water where severe algal blooms are present and to prevent pets from drinking water along the shoreline where algal blooms have been identified.

Water testing also showed levels of Escherichia coli (E. coli) were within recreational water quality guidelines at all beaches monitored by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

Algal blooms are difficult to predict and may form and then disperse quickly, or last for several days or weeks, the province cautioned. Warm and calm weather coupled with relatively high nutrient loads, usually phosphorus from fertilizer and sewage, provide ideal conditions for blue-green algae to develop.

Information on beach water quality results, advisory signs posted at beaches, and swimmer and water safety is available at manitoba.ca/beaches.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 19, 2014 A11

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