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PostPosted: Sep 20, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: A log to remember Reply with quote

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okeeffek found Park Place Woods (Traditional Cache) at 9/18/2012
Log Date: 9/18/2012
Winnipeg, MB (Canadian Press) -- Controversy regarding a set of silos placed on railway property in suburban Winnipeg has sparked a round of tough questioning about land use city-wide by a municipal government committee. Unexpectedly, it is an obscure high-tech sport known as "geocaching" that is bearing the brunt.

City council's Planning Committee outlined the concerns at its most recent public meeting. "It's bad enough that a residential neighbourhood in River Heights is dealing with industrial silos the size of jumbo jets," a committee spokesperson said. "But when we looked into what other projects have occurred outside the formal zoning process, we were astounded to find out that this city's public lands are awash in Tupperware. There's been no council oversight, no public consultation, no environmental review, nothing. It's just... there."

Geocaching involves the concealment of sign-in sheets in public areas, usually weatherproofed by common household containers. Participants in the sport obtain clues to their locations on-line, and then navigate to them using handheld GPS devices. It was started in Oregon in 2000, and has since spread worldwide.

When pressed, committee members admitted there have been no citizen complaints about the geocaches. However, they remain skeptical. "We have to be proactive about potential public concerns. Could these caches contain hazardous materials, or reduce property values? And take the example of Fort Richmond. There's one near the river that's a sandwich container. Does that fit the esthetic of the area? Besides, ever since the Winnipeg Sun's Search for Gold, that neighbourhood has been zoned for magnetic keyboxes and film cans in evergreen trees only."

The Manitoba Geocaching Association declined requests for an interview, referring all questions to its legal counsel, Ernie & Bert & Elmo & Grover, LLP. Reached for comment, Ernie issued the following statement: "Geocaching is a family-oriented pastime that encourages an active lifestyle. The caches are concealed from casual view, and are prohibited from containing dangerous items, so they will pose no public hazard. The civic committee's concerns are well-intentioned, but regulating such a harmless activity in the manner suggested goes beyond what is justifiable in a free society.

"With respect to the issue of the geocache known as 'Park Place Woods', our contention is that its immediate proximity to the Red River makes it part of a navigable waterway. This places it under a federal jurisdiction that supercedes local municipal ordinances. With this standard properly applied, the container is completely legal, since it is clearly smaller than a breadbox, as required by federal statute."
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PostPosted: Sep 21, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm jelous! I am neither that creative, not have i ever gotten an awesome logged it notification like that! Awesome Job okeefek!
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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2012 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great! Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Sep 29, 2012 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I very much enjoyed this one.
"So do they sometimes hide caches in dog poo like this?" "No, that's real poo. You might want to put that down."
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