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Encyclopedia > Walkerton, Ontario

Walkerton is a small town on the Saugeen River in Bruce County, Ontario, 75 km southwest of Owen Sound. It is the county seat. A street in Ynysybwl, Wales, relatively stereotypical of a small town A town is usually an urban area which is not considered to rank as a city. ... The Saugeen River is located in southern Ontario, Canada, flowing generally north-west for about 160km before exiting into Lake Huron. ... Bruce County is a county in western Ontario, Canada, and includes the Bruce Peninsula. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal it began, loyal it remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th)  - Land 917,741 km²  - Water 158,654 km² (14. ... Owen Sound (44°34′ N 80°56′ W1; EST; 2001 population 21,431) is a city located on an inlet of Georgian Bay that is also called Owen Sound. ...

The Municipality of Brockton in Bruce County, Ontario was formed on January 1, 1999. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...

The Walkerton Tragedy

The town of Walkerton became suddenly famous throughout Canada and the world in May 2000 after the town's water supply became contaminated with the highly dangerous O157:H7 strain of E. coli bacteria from farm runoff. Seven people died and at least 2,300 people, more than 40% of the population at the time, became ill. 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Escherichia coli O157:H7 is an emerging cause of foodborne illness. ... Binomial name Escherichia coli T. Escherich, 1885 E. coli at 10,000x magnification Escherichia coli (usually abbreviated to E. coli) is one of the main species of bacteria that live in the lower intestines of warm-blooded animals (including birds and mammals) and are necessary for the proper digestion of...


Following a thorough inquiry by Justice Dennis O'Connor, much of the blame was laid at the door of the operators of the water supply. In particular:

"For years, the [Walkerton Public Utilities Commission] operators engaged in a host of improper operating practices, including failing to use adequate doses of chlorine, failing to monitor chlorine residuals daily, making false entries about residuals in daily operating records, and misstating the locations at which microbiological samples were taken. The operators knew that these practices were unacceptable and contrary to Ministry of Environment guidelines and directives."

The Ontario Provincial Government was also blamed for this incident for their hasty privatization of public water testing labs and for ignorning warnings that this move could put people's lives at risk. General Name, Symbol, Number chlorine, Cl, 17 Chemical series halogens Group, Period, Block 17, 3, p Appearance yellowish green Atomic mass 35. ... The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for addressing the environmental issues affecting the environmental protection of the Canadian province of Ontario and the World. ...


A tightening of procedures for water supply was instituted throughout Ontario as a result. The many lessons learned from this incident were described by Kim Vicente in his book The Human Factor. Kim Vicente is a professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at The University of Toronto. ... The Human Factor: Revolutionizing the Way People Live with Technology is the title of a book by Kim Vicente that Routledge published in 2004. ...


A similar outbreak struck North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 2001. North Battleford is a small city in west central Saskatchewan, Canada. ...


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Walkerton, Ontario - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (313 words)
Walkerton is a small town on the Saugeen River in Bruce County, Ontario, 75 km southwest of Owen Sound.
The town of Walkerton became suddenly famous throughout Canada and the world in May 2000 after the town's water supply became contaminated with the highly dangerous O157:H7 strain of E.
The Ontario Provincial Government was also blamed for this incident for their hasty privatization of public water testing labs and for ignoring warnings that this move could put people's lives at risk.
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