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Brown-water report due

WE'LL learn this week the mystery behind Winnipeg's brown-water problem.

The long-waited consultant's report examining the source of the city's discoloured water will be presented to members of council at a special seminar Thursday morning.

Coun. Justin Swandel (St. Norbert), chairman of the public works committee, told reporters last week the report identifies the problem. He said the complete report will be released at next week's public works meeting, but councillors will be briefed ahead of time.

Winnipeggers have been plagued with isolated incidents of brown water for years, but the problem reached epidemic proportions in 2013 when the number of incidents was double the yearly average.

In the past, city officials always linked the outbreaks to water-main repairs, but the cause of many of the reports in 2013 could not be explained.

 

Hearing over grab bars

THE Manitoba Human Rights Commission has three days of hearings scheduled to start this morning regarding a complaint by the daughter of a resident of a life lease condominium who does not believe her mother received the services she should have.

The complaint by Dianne Brockmeyer against the Cornerstone Housing Corp., which operates as the Cornerstone Life Lease, alleges a breach of Sec. 13 of Manitoba's Human Rights Code.

At issue was the resident's requirement of grab bars in the bathroom, the developers' relative assurance it should not be a problem and the subsequent frustrations the resident and her family allegedly endured trying to get co-operation from the developer.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 28, 2014 A7

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