I wonder if there is a shortage of spare pairs in the Winnipeg outside telephone plant due to:
a) all the 80 & 90's second lines for dial up internet being replaced with DSL or Cable service
b) customers converting to Cell Service only
c) customers converting over to Shaw phone service
d) customers using internet based telephone service.
Just a and b should be freeing up a fair number of pairs for other use. If the pair now coming out of use was cut in the pedestal because of bridge taps concerns they may have to be re-spliced to be used downstream.