REST API Tutorial Python sample fails: unexpected keyword argument pool_instance

I've posted the question to stackoverflow before realizing that the real knowledge should be here.. I'm copying it here for clarity:

I'm using Canopy Python 2.7.11 to try reading Jira tickets with the Atlassian REST API tutorial "Example #1: Graphing Image Links" sample at https://developer.atlassian.com/jiradev/jira-apis/jira-rest-apis/jira-rest-api-tutorials/jira-rest-api-version-2-tutorial which uses restkit

But what I get is an error message

\Python>python atlassian_ex1.py RCA-12
Fetching RCA-12
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "atlassian_ex1.py", line 107, in <module>
graph = build_graph_data(start_issue_key, issue_fetcher)
File "atlassian_ex1.py", line 68, in build_graph_data
graph = walk(start_issue_key, [])
File "atlassian_ex1.py", line 48, in walk
issue = get_issue(issue_key)
File "atlassian_ex1.py", line 26, in get_issue
response = resource.get(headers = {'Content-Type' : 'application/json'})
File "C:\Users\riissane\AppData\Local\Enthought\Canopy\User\lib\site-packages\restkit\resource.py"
, line 114, in get
params_dict=params_dict, **params)
File "C:\Users\riissane\AppData\Local\Enthought\Canopy\User\lib\site-packages\restkit\resource.py"
, line 190, in request
headers=self.make_headers(headers))
File "C:\Users\riissane\AppData\Local\Enthought\Canopy\User\lib\site-packages\restkit\client.py",
line 413, in request
return self.perform(request)
File "C:\Users\riissane\AppData\Local\Enthought\Canopy\User\lib\site-packages\restkit\client.py",
line 286, in perform
conn = self.get_connection(request)
File "C:\Users\riissane\AppData\Local\Enthought\Canopy\User\lib\site-packages\restkit\client.py",
line 188, in get_connection
extra_headers=extra_headers, **self.ssl_args)
File "C:\Users\riissane\AppData\Local\Enthought\Canopy\User\lib\site-packages\socketpool\pool.py",
line 190, in get
raise last_error
TypeError: wrap_socket() got an unexpected keyword argument 'pool_instance'

The jira server has an https address (the sample uses http) but I have no problems in browsing the Jira tickets with a web browser. I can get the tickets in json format using either Chrome and / or Postman using a call in the format

https://<myserver>/rest/api/2/search?jql=project<myproject>

so I know that the system is accessible and I have right access codes..

But I'm out of ideas about what could be the issue with the Python program.

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