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Edmonton is a wild and crazy Canadian town where anything can and oftentimes does happen.

Like, say, a window-washing scaffolding suddenly springing free from the side of a skyscraper and swinging its occupants about like rag dolls.

Yeah, that REALLY happened.

Watch:


(Source: Witness Ricki Rong)

“Two workers on a swing-stage platform on the east side of Stantec Tower were left dangling as high winds descended on downtown Edmonton Friday afternoon,” the Edmonton Journal reported later that evening.

“Edmonton Fire Rescue Service crews responded to the scene just before 1 p.m. to perform a high angle rescue. Fire rescue officials weren’t entirely sure why the two were up there but they believe it had something to do with maintenance work.”

Both men were successfully rescued with zero injuries sustained.

While rescue officials “weren’t entirely sure why the two were up there” (cleaning windows!?), they certainly knew what to blame for the fiasco: Wind.

Early Friday morning, the government agency known as Environment Canada issued a warning about expected high wind speeds.

“A low-pressure system moving through Alberta today will bring strong, gusty winds to central and eastern parts of the province,” the warning read. “Winds should strengthen early this afternoon, with gusts above 90 km/h likely and gusts above 100 km/h possible at times.”

That comes out to roughly 55.9 mph to 62.1 mph, which is almost as high as the wind speeds seen during a Category 1 hurricane.

It’s unclear why the window washers didn’t heed this warning. Though if they work for the government, then someone’s got a lot of explaining to do.

See the fiasco from another angle below:

This is not the first wild and crazy incident that’s rocked Edmonton, the capital of Canada’s Alberta province. Just a week ago the town was rocked by the sound of a “yuge” convoy of oil and gas workers honking their horns like their lives depended on it.

FYI, their lives — or rather their livelihoods — most certainly did.

Their goal? To deliver a message to teenage climate change zealot Greta Thunberg, 16, who appeared in the city last weekend to lecture locals about the alleged need for society to restructure itself so as to stave off an imminent “mass extinction” event.

This restructuring would, of course, mean the elimination of the oil and gas industry — a fact that neither local oil and gas workers nor their compatriots worldwide appreciated.

“We in the province of Alberta are tired of celebrities coming into our province and trying to tell us how to run our oil and gas sector,” the group that organized the honkfest wrote in a Facebook post. “I am asking everyone connected to the oil and gas industry to come out in unity to show Greta we do not need her yelling at us.”

“We’re proud of our oil and gas industry, we’re proud of our clean resources, we’re proud of the hardworking Canadians and it’s a point of pride actually. We’re taking the opportunity to show that we champion Canada’s resources,” Haley Wile, one of the event’s organizers, added in a statement to the Calgary Sun.

But none of these — neither the scaffolding incident nor the honkathon — compare in the slightest to what transpired in the city last April.

The nation’s national public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ran a story celebrating Edmonton’s drag queens for “earning spotlight beyond gay clubs” by, among other things, reading stories to other people’s children ….

In an earlier story from 2017, the same outlet spoke positively of how drag queens were at the time starting to show up at the local Edmonton Public Library to indoctrinate children with “social justice“-themed messages about the world.

“Big personalities with big hair shared stories at the Edmonton Public Library on Sunday afternoon that they say they wish they’d heard when they were kids,” the CBC proudly reported at the time.

“‘It’s OK to be different,’ Lourdes, a local drag queen, read from Todd Parr’s picture book of the same name to the children assembled for the city’s first-ever Over the Rainbow Storytime session. About 150 people were packed into the library’s Strathcona branch to hear from Lourdes and her friends Chelsea, Go Go Fetch and TJB.”

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The scaffolding incident almost seems tame in comparison, doesn’t it?

Vivek Saxena

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