Buy a $20,000 house in Manitoba town, get a free golf cart to drive around
Town that banned bags touts golf carts
Kathryn Young, CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2007
The tiny town in northern Manitoba that was first in Canada to ban
plastic shopping bags is now turning its attention to gas-powered
Leaf Rapids Mayor Ed Charrier wants residents to drive electric golf
carts around town instead. "Why would you start your vehicle for a two-
second ride uptown?" asked Charrier, who plans to buy his own cart
next spring. "Jump in a golf cart."
While he doesn't plan to ban gas-powered automobiles, he will promote
energy-saving golf carts. The town of 600 people is only about three
kilometres from end to end, with homes, shopping, parks and the lake
connected by a network of trails.
"You could take a golf cart on them, cruise around all over and start
cutting down on greenhouse gases," said Charrier, who drives a Ford
half-ton pickup on the 215-kilometre trips into Thompson, the nearest
As an incentive, the town will offer a free golf cart with each of 66
houses that the town bought last March, fixed up and put on the
market. (The homes have stood empty since 2002 when the local mine
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