Maine power workers cross border without incident to help in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotians are taking stock of the damage that was caused by the winds from post-tropical storm Fiona. Hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotia Power customers remain off the grid. Graeme Benjamin reports.

Nova Scotia Power says there were no issues delaying American power crews from crossing the border to help repair the electrical grid from the devastation of hurricane Fiona.

On Sunday, the utility company and Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston had both said an issue related to the controversial ArriveCan app was delaying power crews from crossing into Canada.

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Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said this morning that the order making the app mandatory and requiring that foreign citizens be vaccinated to come to Canada will expire on Friday.

Power crews helping to restore electricity are considered essential workers and are exempt from the border measures.

In a new statement Monday afternoon, Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Jacqueline Foster says there was some confusion about the app but it is now confirmed there were no problems.

Versant Power says 15 line workers and two mechanics left Bangor, Maine, for Canada early Monday morning without issue, and Central Maine Power reports more than a dozen two-person crews and 10 support workers crossed the border without incident at around 7 a.m. Monday.

“We now know there were not any issues with ArriveCan,” said Foster. “Our contractor crews have made their way over the border and we are grateful to have them as part of our restoration efforts here in Nova Scotia.”

The Canada Border Services Agency reported that it cleared 19 power trucks at the Third Bridge border crossing in St. Stephen, N.B., just after 7 a.m. Monday. The CBSA said the average processing time was between 30 and 60 seconds per vehicle.

The ArriveCan app has been fodder for heated political debates for months and Conservatives have repeatedly demanded that the government shut it down.

During question period on Monday, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre cited the allegations that ArriveCan delayed power crews to demand that the app be scrapped ahead of schedule.

He asked, “Will the prime minister suspend the ArriveCan app today, not Saturday, so that no more holdups happen at the border for those who are trying to help those in desperate need?”

Trudeau said he can “confirm that there were no delays at any border because of ArriveCan or otherwise.”

The utility company had said Sunday that crews were physically stuck at the border, but confirmed a few hours after question period on Monday that this had never been the case.

Foster suggested the error was a result of “confusion” after a concern arose Friday _ before the storm actually hit _ that crews from Maine might not be able to cross the border because of ArriveCan.

No New Brunswick border crossings reported issues over the weekend.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2022.

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Cyclist vs. train collision shuts down LRT tracks in northeast Edmonton

The northernmost stretch of the Capital Line was shut down Monday afternoon after a train and a cyclist collided in northeast Edmonton.

Edmonton police said both the north and southbound tracks of the LRT between Clareview and Belvedere LRT stations were closed for the immediate future while a collision involving a train and a cyclist was being investigated.

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There was no word on the extent of injuries.

The Edmonton Transit Service said bus replacement service was running until further notice between Clareview and Coliseum stations.

 

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Post-Fiona recovery: Canadian Armed Forces spearheads efforts to help Atlantic Canada

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The Canadian military is spearheading federal efforts to support post-Fiona recovery efforts across Atlantic Canada.

Here is a look at what Ottawa is doing to help those affected by the hurricane.

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Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian military is deploying troops and equipment to the region after the federal government approved requests for assistance from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador over the weekend.

Approximately 50 Armed Forces members are currently operating out of Victoria Park Armouries in Sydney, N.S. Their primary mission will be to restore transportation links where needed and support line crews in removing trees and debris.

About 100 military members are expected to provide similar assistance after arriving in P.E.I. from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.

Twenty-five service members have also started working in Stephenville, N.L., where they will assess damage and support local authorities in ensuring the safety and welfare of residents.

HMCS Margaret Brooke, one of the navy’s new Arctic patrol ships, was set to return to Halifax following a two-month deployment to the Far North. But it is now en route to the southern coast of Newfoundland to perform wellness checks in four communities.

The government says the military also has Canadian Rangers on standby on the Magdalen Islands in case Quebec asks for support, and that it is prepared to provide aerial imagery and additional troops if requested by provinces.

Matching Fund

The federal government is matching donations made to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Fiona appeal for the next 30 days.

Canadians wishing to make a donation can do so online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by texting FIONA to 20222 to make a $10 donation.

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Alberta justice minister says province won't 'undermine' Legal Aid review

Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro says the province does not want to undermine a review of Legal Aid to satisfy criminal defence lawyers who have taken job action over the amount they’re compensated.

Organizations representing lawyers in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and southern Alberta began job action Aug. 8 by refusing to accept certain bail and duty counsel files from legal aid.

The lawyers escalated Monday by withdrawing all services and refusing to take any new cases.

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Shandro told reporters in Calgary that a review of the Legal Aid Alberta system will be completed next month and he’s not going to undermine it by taking action now.

He said Legal Aid has enough money and his department is monitoring to make sure people who need the service have access to justice.

Shandro says he’s sympathetic to the lawyers’ position and is willing to discuss future changes, but only after the review is complete.

“We’re willing to have conversations about whether there needs to be increases in the tariff or whether there needs to be changes to the financial eligibility guidelines, but I think that’s a next step after the review in October is completed,” Shandro said.

“We’ve heard the advocacy from the criminal defence bar that there needs to be changes to how they’re compensated. That’s the next step.”

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4th coyote killed following attacks on humans in Burlington, Ont.

The city of Burlington, Ont., says it has eliminated a fourth coyote following a string of unprovoked attacks on humans since late August.

The city said in a Friday tweet the coyote was eliminated because it was stalking and chasing people, was aggressive, not afraid of humans and not “showing normal coyote behaviour.”

The previous three coyotes were identified and eliminated because they were believed to be responsible for several human injuries in south central Burlington in the past several weeks.

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In a separate tweet, the city urged residents not to feed coyotes.

It said coyotes become aggressive when fed, leading to attacks on humans.

The city says its Animal Services staff remain on high alert, including patrolling the city, gathering information and looking for coyote food sources.

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Alberta diploma exams to be weighted at 20% this year: education minister

Alberta Education is reducing the weighting of diploma exams this school year.

For the 2022-23 school year, diploma exam weighting will be reduced to 20 per cent. The province said the decision comes as students continue to address pandemic-related learning challenges.

Alberta Education said it received feedback from students, parents and education partners about learning loss and well-being issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Since June of this year, I have met with over 40 public, separate and francophone school authorities and many other stakeholders and listened to their perspectives,” Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said in a statement.

“Changing the weight of diploma exams will reduce the burden on students while still giving them valuable exam writing experience. We’re making this temporary change to place less of a burden on students and improve their mental health.”

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The weighting of diploma exams will return to 30 per cent in the 2023-24 school year, the Alberta government said in a news release Monday afternoon.

The president of the College of Alberta School Superintendents said the board is supportive of the ministry’s decision to take a transitional approach to returning the weight of diploma exams to pre-pandemic levels.

“This decision is reflective of a recommendation an ad hoc committee of CASS made during the pandemic and takes a balanced approach between a return to normal and meeting the social and emotional needs of students,” Scott Morrison said in a statement.

Diploma exams are administered in November, January, April, June and August each year. In 2015, the government reduced the weighting of the exams from 50 per cent to 30 per cent.

In April and June 2020, diploma exams were cancelled because students were learning at home for the last few months of the school year due to the pandemic.

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During the 2020-21 school year, all diploma exams were optional.

Last school year, diploma exams were cancelled in January and the remainder of the exams were weighted at 10 per cent.

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Saskatoon woman pleas for help after theft of special sweater

Lara Guerrero from Saskatoon was at a hotel in Regina last week, showing family visiting from Germany around the province. That visit now has her seeking help to recover a treasured item.

When she approached her vehicle Friday morning, she noticed her car had been broken into and her belongings were missing.

But none of her long list of stolen items truly mattered, except for her treasured sweater.

“My grandma gave it to me for Christmas in 1990. She casually asked me my favourite colours and then knit me a sweater using those very colours,” she wrote on her Facebook post.

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Knitting that sweater came with a lot of perseverance and determination.

“She had rheumatoid arthritis, so her hands were very kind of gnarled. So anything that she ever made took a lot of effort,” she told Global News.

Guerrero said the sweater has been a staple in her life.

“I’ve been wearing it for 32 years. It’s been with me to Mexico, on every camping trip, tree planting. And people actually know – they know me with it and know it as the sweater. So it’s well known,” she said.

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Guerrero says the theft of her belongings is an indication of a larger issue in the city. She believes the culprit was someone who may be homeless.

“I’m not upset so much that my car was broken into because the person that broke in clearly needed it. Bedding and warm clothes and shoes and food. They actually stole our milk from our cooler,” she said.

She took to social media to share the devastating news.

Since Monday afternoon, her post had garnered more than 2,000 Facebook shares.

The warm response from those who commented is putting her at ease.

“I appreciate that people have actually offered to knit me a sweater. But, it’s the sweater – it’s my grandma’s sweater.”

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Guerrero hopes someone will recognize the sweater, and will try their best to return it to its rightful owner.

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Atlantic airports resume operations after hurricane Fiona triggers cancellations

Most people on Prince Edward Island went through a third day without power on Monday, sending many to reception centres across the province to charge phones and secure a hot cup of coffee. But even with line crews hard at work, the province isn’t sure when power will be restored to the entire island. Silas Brown has more.

Airports in Atlantic Canada are resuming operations after hurricane Fiona stopped most flights in and out of the region over the weekend.

WestJet spokeswoman Morgan Bell says flights to and from Charlottetown Airport in P.E.I. and Deer Lake Regional Airport in Newfoundland resumed today.

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J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport’s website says the Nova Scotia aviation hub is scheduled to resume commercial flights Tuesday afternoon.

Halifax International Airport Authority spokesperson Leah Batstone says the proactive cancellation of many flights resulted in a large decrease in activity at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, but the airport resumed normal operations on Sunday.

Flight tracker FlightAware found only four flights into Halifax Stanfield were cancelled today, along with three into Charlottetown Airport and one into Deer Lake Regional Airport.

Batstone encourages travellers to confirm the status of their flight before heading for the airport and recommends they leave extra time to park, check in, and go through security screening before boarding.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2022.

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Blue Jays’ Manoah honored for defending Kirk

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah has been honored with a sportsmanship award for defending teammate Alejandro Kirk after the catcher was criticized online for his weight.

Manoah received a roughly $73,000 ($100,000 Canadian) sponsorship prize and immediately donated it to KidSport, a Canadian nonprofit that gives children the opportunity to participate in organized sports.

Earlier this month, Manoah reacted angrily when Montreal radio host Matthew Ross tweeted that Kirk was “embarrassing the sport” because of his weight and figure. Kirk, a first-time All-Star this season, is 5-foot-8 and 245 pounds, according to his bio on MLB.com.

Ross was responding to a video highlight of Kirk scoring from first base in a game Sept. 13 against Tampa Bay. Toronto won 7-2, splitting a doubleheader against the Rays.

Manoah, who has thrown to Kirk in all but one of his starts this season, fired back at Ross, urging him to ” step aside from the keyboard.”

“Go ahead and tell that 8 year old kid who is 10lbs over weight that he should quit now,” he wrote. “Let KIRK inspire those kids to continue to chase their dreams and chase greatness.”

Ross subsequently deleted the tweet and shut down his account before issuing a public apology for his remarks.

To recognize Manoah’s actions, ​​Dove Men+Care announced a sponsorship honoring athletes for their sportsmanship and named Manoah as the first recipient.

In a press release Monday, Dove Men+Care praised Manoah for “promoting body positive reassurance” and demonstrating “notable sportsmanship on a global stage.” The company also announced Manoah’s intention to donate the prize to KidSport.

Manoah, who debuted last season, is 15-7 for the Blue Jays, who lead the AL wild-card race. His 2.31 ERA is fourth-lowest in the major leagues. Manoah has a salary of $706,200 this season.

Now in his third big league season, Kirk is batting .293 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI in 132 games.

Manoah and Kirk were both selected to the AL All-Star team for the first time this season.

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Calgary police trying to identify owner of comforter left at July homicide

The Calgary Police Service is trying to identify the owner of a “unique” comforter that was left at the scene of a homicide in July.

Police were called to the alleyway in the area of the 1100 block of Frontenac Avenue S.W. on July 3 and located the man dead on the road.

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Following an autopsy, the victim was identified as 34-year-old Shawn Garry McCormack, police said.

Police said the homicide is believed to be a “targeted incident.”

On Monday, homicide detectives released an image of a multi-coloured comforter that police said was left at the scene. Police said the comforter has significance to the investigation.

An image of a multi-coloured comforter which police said was left at the scene. The comforter has an image of a dream catcher and two white birds on it.

An image of a multi-coloured comforter which police said was left at the scene. The comforter has an image of a dream catcher and two white birds on it.

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“We have collected a significant amount of evidence in this case and are working to piece things together,” Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta said in a statement.

“This comforter, which was found at the scene, is fairly unique and it is likely that there are people out there who know who it belonged it.”

Anyone with information about the incident or the owner of the comforter is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.

–With files from Jessika Guse, Global News.

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