May 25, 2015


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Water

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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