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I will acknowledge I do not live in Winnipeg and therefore was not subjected to whatever power outage-caused water supply problems apparently thousands of city residents had to endure as they got ready for work Monday.

I probably would have used a few colourful words if I’d been caught in the shower with shampoo in my hair and the water suddenly shut off.
 
But that said, to me, this whole incident is a reminder that most of us in Canada forget far too easily how privileged we are.
 
Ask the people in Garden Hill or Lac Brochet or Shamattawa how they survive, not just a few minutes one morning, but every single day, without running water in their homes.
 
Not to mention the millions of people worldwide for whom finding clean water to drink is a daily struggle, let alone water for a shower.
 
We take far too much for granted in this country and never stop to appreciate that sometimes. Even with the best of intentions, things break down. Water systems. Power grids. Streets.
 
When something like a water pressure issue can be fixed before some people ever had a chance to notice there was a problem, if you complain at all, you complain too much.

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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