Just heard through the grape vine that here in Ontario the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been stopping canoe and kayakers and performing safety checks. During the transaction, they have been asking to see the rental agreement paperwork from the outfitter.
Two good friends of mine were out paddling in the inner harbour of Toronto two weeks ago when they were almost run over by someone riding in a personal watercraft...
The river dam where the accident took place (Tanjug) Let's look at the canoe accident that happened over the weekend in Slovenia. I know that I mentioned it earlier a couple of days ago but some new details surrounding the tragedy are finally coming out in the press. For those who don't know, I am referring to the one where the town of Sevnica's Mayor and another country legislator organized the final descent of the Sava River in a canoe. A hydro electronic dam that was under construction was almost completed and would block off the river to small boats in a number of weeks. Here is what we know so far...
What a tragedy. I'm not sure what the organizers were thinking when they decided to get people together for what they called, "The Final Descent" of the Sava River in Slovenia. There was a hydro electronic dam in its final stages of construction and the river was about to be completely blocked...

Happy Birthday SOS!
Wednesday, 02 July 2008

Yesterday (July 1) was the 100th anniversary of the famous piece of Morse Code. Before the agreement to use SOS, the most commonly used distress call was the "CQD" signal, which was open to misinterpretation. After much deliberation, SOS was chosen to replace it because the signal - three dots, three dashes and three more dots - is such a clear message to send in Morse code. Not everybody was convinced instantly, and it took the tragedy of the Titanic to reveal just how vital a universal system was. More info:

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