Do you know what loonies and twonies are? I have just discovered they are the $1 and $2 coins that have replaced the paper bills in Canada.
Where did I find this
fascinating, earth-shattering, fascinating information? Well I was reading a report in the Vancouver Sun describing the confusion caused when a truck crashed scattering millions of dollars worth of coins along the highway. This has also of course, been reported in newspapers across the country.
Apparently when the Brink’s truck carrying the money crashed into a rock face on the side of the highway the complete load of somewhere between $C3.5 and $C5 million in coins was scattered across the highway.
This caused a chain reaction of course, and one of the casualties was a truck carrying candies. It too lost its load over the highway.
“Crews used a one-metre round industrial magnet on a backhoe to pick up the toonies and loonies..” And having commented that it would be an onerous task the Constable on the scene said “I walked through the scene where there was more money than I will ever see in my whole life,” Ontario Provincial Police officer Marc Depatie with the South Porcupine detachment.
So if you have a sweet tooth are short of a few dollars head to Northern Ontario where I am sure they are still scooping up coins.
Back now to Wellington where the good weather is set to continue at least for a few more days, according to our local paper The Dominion Post.
Perfect weather in Wellington is fleeting and this could be the last opportunity to bring out the togs for many long months. The weekend is shaping up to be sun-drenched with 18 and 19 degree highs forecast for Saturday and Sunday. After the dismal summer we
enjoyed endured, this will be a welcome change.
But the Metservice has also warned that the weather is set to deteriorate by Easter, and urged people to get out and enjoy this weekend.
And now the summer is really ending. Daylight saving ends at 2am on Sunday April 1; is there a message in that? And the nights will draw in and fires will be lit in homes in this street. Ah well, this weekend will be the last of the summer weather.
- Ontario highway cleared after millions in coins spill (ctv.ca)
- Police stand guard over Brinks truck crash site as crews use massive magnet to retrieve millions in loonies and toonies (bulletfame.wordpress.com)