winter ends with a BANG!

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As usual, fabulous rink conditions in Westcliffe Park and poor ice in Lynwood Park on the last Sunday of the season.
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Westcliffe (5 boards wide) was busy all winter while Lynwood, even though it gets a bigger grant ($5700) from the taxpayer for a much smaller rink (3 boards wide), was always almost deserted.
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The rink operators at Westcliffe laboured mightily to serve the community (for WAY less than the minimum wage) while at Lynwood nobody seems to care – the rink is only a cash cow to funnel tax money to friends of the corrupt community association.
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Allan and Doug, take a bow. Jean-Luc Crooke and Tristan Maack, hang your heads in shame.
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Multiple freeze-thaw cycles this winter mean a bumper crop of Bells Corners potholes.
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Car crashes are commonplace on the Bells Corners strip.
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Map of pedestrian and cycling collisions.
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Bells Corners has more than its share.
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Christmas in March at the Mongolian Grill?
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The parking lot at Franco-Ouest is jammed on Sunday for Chinese school.
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Justin and Obama tower over the Bells Corners McDo.
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It was a tough winter for ice-makers: shortest season ever for the Rideau Canal.
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But Westcliffe delivered the goods for Bells Corners skaters, providing excellent conditions whenever it was humanly possible:
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Lynwood just went through the motions, pocketing the cash and listing fake “good” conditions even when the rink was closed and in very poor shape, and never managing to come close to excellent conditions:
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$cam!

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One Response to winter ends with a BANG!

  1. ottawaowl says:

    Plus ça change… Winter ends with a BANG! and a smile. Some things change (check out the March 2016 billboard at McDonalds) but others, not so much.

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