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Workers carefully place a donated Bell 206B helicopter into the Journey to Churchill site with a crane.

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Workers carefully place a donated Bell 206B helicopter into the Journey to Churchill site with a crane.

Chopper in Arctic exhibit

The Journey to Churchill exhibit, a four-hectare exhibition in Assiniboine Park Zoo, now has a helicopter.

The Bell 206B helicopter was donated by Brian Hawes and craned into the exhibit due to limited access on site, said a release by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

It's part of an effort to have the exhibit resemble the town of Churchill, which relies on helicopters to transport people to remote camps and relocate the polar bears for which the region is known. The aircraft joins a CN boxcar, tracks and replicas of Churchill's weather station, all of which are already in place at the exhibit.

The Journey to Churchill exhibit is set to officially open July 3.

 

Safety signs near U of M

The City of Winnipeg unveiled new signs Wednesday that highlight the recommended bike-route cyclists should take on their way to Investors Group Field.

The city's new signs point cyclists on the safest route to get to the stadium when heading south towards Plaza Drive. A map of the city's recommended bike route is available on the Investors Group Field website: http://investorsgroupfield.ca/maps/.

The new signs came just ahead of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' game against the Toronto Argonauts on Thursday and in the aftermath of an accident in which a cyclist was struck by a car on the way to the last Bomber game earlier this month.

Cyclist Dick Stevenson was severely hurt and died from his injuries in an accident on the way to the stadium. Bicycling safety in the area and in Winnipeg in general has been a hot-button topic since Stevenson's death on June 11.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 26, 2014 B2

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