Need to Know: CFL, Garage Sales, & fish in Katepwa


CFL Hub City:

Winnipeg will be the hub city for the CFL’s shortened 2020 season if the league reaches several goals.

The deal still needs final approval from public health and safety officials in Manitoba.

The CFL also says it needs a new collective bargaining agreement with the CFL Players’ Association, and significant federal government support to start a 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CFL has set a deadline of Thursday for a new CBA.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has stated the earliest action could begin is September. The season originally was slated to start in June.

Garage Sales are back!

The Saskatchewan government announced the easing up some of the COVID-19 precautions yesterday, such as allowing the return of door-to-door canvassing and sales, as well as 24-hour gyms and yard or garage sales.

In regard to yard and garage sales, the government guidelines recommend getting adequate physical distancing, keeping group size limitations in order and holding single household sales rather than group sales.

The current limit on groups of people in Saskatchewan is 30, with adequate physical distance up to 150 people, or less in some areas.

Why do fish in Katepwa Lake contain such high levels of methylmercury?

After year's of research, Dr. Britt Hall, a biology professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Regina has found that the high levels of methylmercury are ultimately caused by large water fleas called Leptodora, or "Ghost fleas".

Hall's study found that the Leptodora, a large water flea, migrates up from the mercury-rich sediments at the bottom of the lake at night to feed near the surface of the water, transferring the methylmercury to fish when they are eaten. This feeding boosts the amount of toxin in the fish, which are in turn eaten by larger and larger fish, resulting in a bioaccumulation of mercury when humans consume the fish.

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