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Canada Calgary and the terrible, horrible, no good, very cold week

18:16  17 january  2020
18:16  17 january  2020 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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Temperatures in Calgary this week rivalled Antarctica — a barren, ice-covered, virtually uninhabited frozen landmass — and yet the majority of us still had to trudge our way to work and go about our daily lives. The polar vortex forced trains to break down, car batteries to die and pipes to freeze.

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Temperatures in Calgary this week rivalled Antarctica — a barren, ice-covered, virtually uninhabited frozen landmass — and yet the majority of us still had to trudge to work and go about our daily lives.

The polar vortex caused CTrains to break down, car batteries to die and pipes to freeze.

It has been, in every sense, a nightmare for vulnerable Calgarians in need of warmth and shelter. And for residents fortunate enough not to have those worries, the week-long deep freeze put patience to the test as it doled out so much random misery.

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Temperatures in Calgary this week rivalled Antarctica — a barren, ice-covered, virtually uninhabited frozen landmass — and yet the majority of us …

Take, for example, Andrea Zurawicz’s day on Tuesday when she woke up to frozen pipes and a car that wouldn’t start. With two young children, it was a hassle, but her husband was able to grab the necessities, including water, food and mixing formula from the local convenience store.

“We moved into this house over the summer so we didn’t know this could be an issue because it’s an older house,” said Zurawicz. “We’ll know for the next cold snap to run our tap for a while so there’s flow and the pipes are less likely to freeze.”

She considers herself lucky that before long they were able to heat the pipes and get the water flowing again.

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Comedy, family. Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible , horrible , no good

C1990 Based on a book by Judith Viorst Music by Charles Strouse.

Meanwhile, McKenzie Lake resident Darlene Philpot had plenty of water flowing into her home Tuesday night, but it wasn’t going into her sink.

“I was trying to heat some dinner around 10 o’clock at night and I could hear water running in my kitchen,” she said. “I looked all around the house, and I couldn’t find a reason for water to be running. And then I went down in my basement to my storage room and there was water spraying all over the place.”

The cause of a burst water pipe was a forgotten window that had been left open a crack during the summer months. Thankfully, she was able to shut off the water main for the home.

Philpot found that after-hours emergency fees for plumbers could cost her a hefty $500, so her family simply made do and got ready for school on Wednesday without any water. She said she was able to find a plumber who could repair the line that day, but only after making many calls.

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Clearly, she wasn’t the only one with winter weather woes.

However, one family’s misery is another’s vacation.

Jorge Ramirez, his wife and two friends were overlooking frigid Calgary from the top of the Calgary Tower on Wednesday morning.

They’re visiting from Guadalajara, Mexico, where the temperature is between 25 C and 30 C — jealous? They wanted to see snow for the first time and, geared up with tuques, earmuffs and puffy winter jackets, they strolled around the tower looking at a snow-blanketed core.

a group of people standing in front of a window:  Alberto Sanchez, Vanessa Madeira, Dulce Mercado and Jorge Ramirez take in the view from the observation deck at the Calgary Tower on Wednesday. © Jim Wells Alberto Sanchez, Vanessa Madeira, Dulce Mercado and Jorge Ramirez take in the view from the observation deck at the Calgary Tower on Wednesday.

When asked what they thought of the winter weather, Ramirez said, “It’s beautiful, amazing but crazy,” while they all laughed.

Although the temperature difference between home and here is significant, the cold snap isn’t going to stop them from exploring Calgary, Banff and later Edmonton.

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He’s a good -natured goof who will crack “Boron? Bor-ing!” during chemistry lab and still soldier on when met with crickets. When Alexander feels down in the dumps he makes a birthday wish: maybe the rest of his family could know what it’s like to have a terrible , horrible , no good , very bad day.

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Ensuring a cold brew is normally the goal of Calgary’s burgeoning brewing sector.

But the relentless extreme freeze has pushed that chill too far for at least one of its players.

Troy Kamphuis-Finnigan said he thought he’d beaten the big freeze after he was forced to defrost his keg room and beer lines Wednesday at his Rapid Ascent Brewery, at 10985 39th St. N.E.

“We defrosted everything but when I came in (Thursday) it was the same thing,” he said.

That meant the brewery’s tap room was closed for much the day.

“Fortunately, 85 or 90 per cent of our market is (store) retail,” said Kamphuis-Finnigan.

Even so, the freeze-up meant tossing out $7,000 worth of icy beer, he said.

“It’s not going to taste the same if it’s been frozen,” said the maker of Megan’s Dead Donkey Saison and a host of other brews.

It’s likely that a sensor on the roof of the building that controls temperature levels inside was iced up by wind chills that hovered around the -40 C range, he said.

Cold weather inspires local shop discounts and drought

For some businesses, the mantra “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” took on a whole new meaning.

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And another kid punks him online. So at midnight of his birthday, he wishes that his whole family can have a bad day. And things for the whole family go bad, his mom's car is broken so they have to share a car, his sister has a cold and has to go on stage, his older brother, who's hoping to get his driver's

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When the temperature drops as low as it has this week, it can be harder for businesses to get people in the door, so a few local shops offered a weather discount that fluctuated with the temperature this week.

Boogie’s Burgers offered savings as high 35 per cent with the -35 C weather at its locations in Renfrew and Marda Loop.

“Our Renfrew location sold out of buns by 8 p.m. on Tuesday and it’s been a busy day here at Marda Loop today (Wednesday). Normally, when it’s this cold we would not see this many people coming in,” said Brent De Decker, manager at Boogie’s Burgers.

Local retailer ReWorks Epicycle Shop has a similar incentive to bring patrons into the shop.

“It’s kind of lonely when it’s really quiet, too, so if the sale encourages people to come in it also makes for a better work day,” said Solita Work, owner of ReWorks.

Bad for business

Frigid conditions forced shoppers out of a Calgary Co-op store and into the cold Thursday morning.

Intense cold burst a water main in the Forest Lawn Co-op store, at 3330 17th Ave. S.E., leading staff to usher customers from the partly flooded space.

“There was definitely flooding in the store, which prompted staff to close the store,” said Co-op spokeswoman Sage Pullen McIntosh.

a sign on the side of a building:  Customers were turned away from the Forest Lawn Co-op due to burst pipes as temperatures remain frigid in Calgary on Thursday, January 16, 2020. © Darren Makowichuk Customers were turned away from the Forest Lawn Co-op due to burst pipes as temperatures remain frigid in Calgary on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

“They have to make sure all proper protocols are followed for the cleanup and they have to do a food safety inspection.”

The store was still closed by mid-afternoon, but Pullen McIntosh hoped it would reopen sometime later on Thursday.

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This made Professor Kettleburn very happy, as he’d been grousing about missing out on the weekend’s goodies . The dwarves, however, kept stomping up and down the stairs to Dumbledore’s office with questions about every little detail, until he finally told Professor Sprout to deal with everything.

Terrible , horrible , no - good , very bad days. I’m having one today. In two weeks a very dear friend is leaving Copenhagen. Christmas is coming and the goose isn’t getting fat, but…let’s just say my jeans are tight. The bank account is getting the opposite of fat.

Meanwhile, diners with reservations for Anju were left out in the cold after the popular restaurant had to close due to “major heating issues.” The restaurant’s Instagram account said reservation holders would be contacted. There was no word on when it might re-open.

Winter clothes for the city’s most vulnerable

When the cold snap hit, the Calgary Drop-In Centre put out a city-wide call for people to donate warm clothing and other essentials. In response, marketing company Woolf + Wallace partnered with Calgary-based food blogger FoodbyMaria and Carte Blanche Mgmt to purchase more than $1,000 worth of hats, gloves, socks and underwear for the shelter, with temperatures considered life-threatening for those living on the streets.

Woolf + Wallace managing partner Mirissa Kampf said her team knew they could do more to get donations for the homeless shelter. Through social media, they challenged other small businesses in the community to answer the call for help.

“This week, we saw the quintessence of altruism in Calgary,” said Kampf. “The response was overwhelming.”

Calgary Heritage Roasting Company donated 10 gallons of coffee and offered a free cup to anyone who brought in donation items, which encouraged Camp Brand Goods to donate more than 500 items as well. Labeled by Bri also accepted the challenge and made a donation alongside Phi Beauty.

“From there, the most heartwarming snowball effect transpired — as ironic as that sounds at -40 C,” said Kampf. “We received messages from the Shell Canada retail team, the partners at Avison Young, YYC Cycle and even a Calgary Morning Show anchor about their participation in the challenge, as well as many others who made donations.”

Kampf donated $150 on behalf of her marketing students at SAIT, who came together in their Tuesday Consumer Behaviour lecture with another donation.

“Despite a numbing cold this week, Calgary really knows how to come together with all the feels,” said Kampf.

— With files from Brodie Thomas, Jim Wells

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