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Lake, campground in Riding Mountain National Park closed after discovery of zebra mussel DNA

CBC News, Dec. 12, 2017 – Parks Canada has closed a lake and campground in Riding Mountain National Park to the public after DNA evidence of zebra mussels was found in water samples taken this summer and fall.

In a news release, Parks Canada said Whirlpool Lake, on the eastern side of the southwestern Manitoba park, and its campground area are closed until further notice as a precaution.

Cost for North End sewage upgrades now pegged at $1.4B

CBC News, Dec 1, 2017 – Winnipeg’s most expensive construction project is now even more expensive.

Upgrades to the North End water-pollution control centre, the largest of the city’s three sewage treatment plants, are now expected to cost $1.4 billion, a rise of $600 million from the last estimate.

A report to city council’s finance committee said the higher cost is a result of a new conceptual design. While officials hinted in September the new estimate would be “more than $1 billion,” the report published Friday┬áis the first to formalize the new project cost.