And Fi­nally...

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Canal boaters and an­glers don’t al­ways

As you read this, the very last of the seem to be the best of friends, but we

win­ter stop­pages will fi­nally be feel that Canal Boat read­ers will have

draw­ing to an end, win­ter will be well some sym­pa­thy for Dutch lo­cal

be­hind us and many boaters will be busi­ness­man Hans van Ma­nen who has

look­ing for­ward to some cruis­ing. But been or­dered by the au­thor­i­ties to catch

not ev­ery­one wel­comes spring’s 280 fish in the canal – or face a size­able

ar­rival on the canals. In Canada, bill. On com­ple­tion of the

they’re look­ing back with some Brouw­ers­gracht, a brand-new canal in

dis­ap­point­ment on warm weather the town of Vee­nen­dal, Mr van Ma­nen

cur­tail­ing the win­ter sea­son on the though it would ben­e­fit from some fish

Rideau Canal skate­way – a five-mile – so he and fel­low busi­ness­men put a

length which is turned into the world’s large num­ber of gold­fish in the canal.

long­est ice-skat­ing rink ev­ery year. But But this at­tracted the at­ten­tion of a

at least ‘Un­der the Lock’, Canada’s pres­sure group cam­paign­ing to stop the

(and for all we know, the world’s) only spread of non-na­tive species. They

of­fi­cially sanc­tioned out­door con­tacted the au­thor­i­ties, who

ice-hockey tour­na­ment held on a con­firmed that the fish threat­ened to

canal could took place at its reg­u­lar in­ter­breed with na­tive cru­cian carp.

venue in the shade of the gi­ant Re­leas­ing them in the canal was il­le­gal,

Peter­bor­ough Lift-lock. And and Mr van Ma­nen has been given a

mean­while ice-hockey en­thu­si­asts month to catch all 280 of them –

Roy Hamil­ton and Al­ice Stan­ley oth­er­wise the au­thor­i­ties will do so and

ac­tu­ally got mar­ried on the frozen send him the bill. canal in Ot­tawa – both wear­ing ice-hockey ref­eree shirts and with Roy

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