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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Werner Paddle Poetry [Fridge Magnets]

At the Georgian Bay Storm Gathering a couple of weekends ago, Werner Paddles rep, Mark Scriver had a bunch of fridge poetry magnet kits specifically for Werner Paddles he was handing out. It has lots of good paddling terms but not enough prepositions so it’s a little tricky for anything longer than haiku sentences.My wife came up with the gem above. If you can't read it you can click on the image for a larger version of it. According to my kids, its Jonas Brothers approved. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
While this will unlikely never become standard rescue gear for paddlers, The LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System is a bazooka type tool that enables a "rapid conveyance of temporary, water-activated buoyancy devices to a drowning victim’s location."
The Canadian Government released documents today outlining all the expenses related to the world's most expensive weekend party G8/G20 Summits which were held in Huntsville and Toronto back in June 2010. No final tally has been revealed yet but it’s estimated that the total cost (which was three days long) is nearly $1.24 billion Canadian dollars.That seems a tad expensive you might say? Well the politicians in charge of the event had this to say today, “Of course it was expensive. We were up in cottage country so a lot of camping gear was required. Look at the expense report and you will see it’s all justified. We shopped around. Yes, we bought $14,306 worth of bug shirts from Mountain Equipment Co-op but they were the cheapest we could find. If we went to a small camping retailer, it would even be more expensive!”Other outdoor related expenses include:$13,000 for "miscellaneous textiles, headgear and umbrellas"$300,000 for sun screen and insect repellant$12,747 for sun, rain, bug shelters and coolers from La Barron Outdoor Products Ltd.$14,306 for bug jackets from Mountain Equipment Co-opOh yeah, that didn't include the $57,000 to build an indoor fake lake in Toronto so the media could pretend they were three hours north in cottage country.More info: cbc.caTop Flickr Photo Credit: The Prime Minister's OfficeSecond Photo Credit: Reuters
There is a mystery a brewing on the St. Lawrence River in Ontario and it involves friend of the site, Scott Ewart, owner of 1000 Islands Kayak Company.The other day the staff at in Gananoque, Ontario rented a kayak to a customer who wanted to take it out for a couple hours. The staff watched him paddle off across the river towards MacDonald Island (about 15 min paddle away) but got concerned and called police when he didn’t return at closing time.Now two days later the police have yet to turn up any signs of the man or his rented kayak. Since then police have turned up information that the individual’s final destination was the US side of the river.The local news did a report on the case (embedded below) but as you will see it’s a little vague on some of the key details of the story. It would seem strange that the kayak rental company would send somebody out in one of their boats without a credit card deposit or at least a name and waiver signed yet the article made no mention of that.
Holy Moses! Mark Frauenfelder, author and regular contributor to the amazing website, Boing Boing, just uploaded a post highlighting the benefits of building your own kayak balancing board. I don’t think that Mark is a paddler but he is a big fan of building your own stuff and editor in chief of Make Magazine.You can read the full article yourself over at Boing Boing.

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