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GANDER, N.L., May 25 (Canadian-Media): Residents in Newfoundland were dismayed by a late-spring storm that buried cars in snow and closed schools Thursday, media reports said.
“You would think you were in January,” said one employee of the Gander Public Library, which opened four hours late, after the town plowed the streets. “People have been golfing, and raking, everything here was very spring-like. So this has set us back.”
Linda Libby, Environment Canada meteorologist had said more than 35 centimetres of snow fell at Gander International Airport overnight and into Thursday.
Loretta Dwyer of Loretta’s Flower World in Gander said said the snowfall reminded her of more than 69 centimetres that fell there on May 18 and 19, 2013.
Larry Dohey, director of programming at The Rooms art gallery, cultural museum and archives in St. John’s, N.L., said his Irish ancestors from Newfoundland’s Cape Shore region suggested bottling May snowfalls and using the liquid on your face as a way to soften freckles.
Other traditions propose May snow as a cure for sore eyes, he said.
In John K. Crellin’s 1994 book “Home Medicine: The Newfoundland Experience,” he offers another explanation for the May snow folklore.
“One Newfoundland informant thought this practice was linked with May being the month of the Virgin Mary and the need to receive her blessing,” Crellin writes.
“Perhaps, too, there was a vague link with a common treatment for sore eyes in Ireland, namely, the water of certain holy wells.”
Vancouver (B.C.), Ottawa, May 10 (Canadian-Media): Flooding in British Columbia's (B.C.) southern Interior due to extremely heavy snowpacks, sudden downpours and unseasonably warm temperatures, nearly 2,700 people had received evacuation orders, media reports said.
Chris Marsh, emergency operations centre director and program manager for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, said there has been “significant flooding” in the eastern area of the region, washouts on smaller streams and tributaries in the region.
Marsh added that different parts of the district could see bodies of water swell between 30 and 100 centimetres.
The province also encouraged local governments and First Nations communities along the lower Fraser River to prepare for potential flooding as it experiences high flow rates.
Frances Maika of the regional district said the flood is “in the range” of a once in a 200 year occurrence.
The EmergencyInfoBC website, which provides information during provincial emergencies, lists evacuation orders or alerts in seven regional districts and for seven First Nations around the province.
Jessica Mace of the Kettle River Watershed Authority said volunteers arrived in downtown Grand Forks from across the area to help business owners and residents.
“It’s been truly amazing,” she said. “I was just downtown and there are tons of people down there helping all the businesses sand bag their places as best they can.”
“In the next 24 hours, we are going to see the peak in some areas but then people have to respond to what has happened. The recovery is going to be an active process,” she said.“Many businesses are starting to donate food,” said Mace. “People are very happy to see food show up.”
Meantime, the B.C. River Forecast Centre has upgraded to a flood warning for the Okanagan, Boundary, and Salmon rivers.
The agency said the warning includes Mission Creek and surrounding tributaries in the Okanagan, as well as West Kettle River, Kettle River, Granby River and surrounding tributaries in Boundary.The Central Okanagan’s emergency response centre said there had been localized flood and record creek flows in the area including Kelowna. Mission Creek reached a record flow rate overnight on Wednesday, the centre said, and dikes, sand bags and tiger dams were able to contain the flow.
Residents under evacuation order are being directed to reception centres in Grand Forks and Midway, but Maika said the surge of water should pass quickly.
Thousands of homes have been evacuated in B.C.’s southern Interior, and several highways have been closed, as rapidly melting snowpacks and heavy rain cause flooding throughout the province.In the next 24 hours, we are going to see the peak in some areas but then people have to respond to what has happened. The recovery is going to be an active process, she said.
Fredericton/Ottawa, May 6 (Canadian-Media): Between 10 and 20 millimetres of rain in the forecast for southern New Brunswick (N.B.) Sunday which would worsen the already unprecedented flooding had prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement, media reports said.
"Any precipitation amounts is quite sensitive for New Brunswick at this time," Claude Côté, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, told CBC News.
Floods in N.B./CBC
#Water levels are still rising in the wake of the precipitation amounts that we received over the past couple of days, so any additional rainfall amounts would just exacerbate the flood situation right now," he said.
The flooding which began more than a week had forced at least 888 people from their homes, as of Sunday morning.
Roadways including the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton, and Route 10 in Chipman had been closed.
Water levels are at historic highs in southern regions of New Brunswick and we expect water levels to remain above flood stage for several days," said Shawn Berry, spokesperson for the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (EMO).
The St. John River has now swelled nearly 1.5 metres above the flood stage.
N.B. Premier Brian Gallant said Saturday that he had not ruled out declaring a state of emergency or calling in the army to assist with flooding in the province, expected to continue for at least the next five days.
N.B, on Saturday had suffered additional damages caused by wind gust of up to 70 kilometres an hour, whipping up waves and causing floodwaters to gush over protective sandbags.
Efforts of evacuation had also become more complicated and power to thousands of homes of businesses were knocked out.
As of Sunday afternoon, more than 3,000 NB Power customers are still without electricity about 80 roads closed, more road
Officials are urging anyone in communities such as Grand Lake, Jemseg, Gagetown, Hampstead, Belleisle, Oak Point, Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis and Saint John to be on high alert.
"People should continue to exercise caution living on the St. John River system," Berry said.
As of Sunday morning, 888 people from across the province registered as evacuees with the Red Cross.
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Ottawa, May 6 (IBNS): Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services issued the following statement yesterday, media reports said.
"Our heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the two people who tragically lost their lives during yesterday night's wind storm.
I know many families and businesses across the province are dealing with the effects of the wind storm. I want to assure those affected that your local hydro utilities are working as quickly and safely as possible to return electricity to those without power.
On behalf of all Ontarians, I want to say thank you to those hydro workers who worked throughout the night and are continuing to work today, to reconnect the hundreds of thousands of people who experienced outages and those still without power. Our first responders and municipal services are also working diligently to make our roads safe and clear branches from power lines. I urge people not to attempt to move downed branches or trees on your own.
Right now, provincial officials, including those from Emergency Management Ontario, are ready to respond to requests for assistance from affected municipalities. My colleague Bill Mauro, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs, has also reached out to make sure communities have the support they need.
We will use all of our resources to ensure that our hard working hydro crews get the help they need to ensure things get back to normal as quickly as possible."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, May 5 (Canadian-Media): Hundreds of thousands in Ontario and Quebec still without power after storm brought down trees, scattered debris across central Canada, media reports said.
The storm started in southwestern Ontario in the afternoon, and swept into eastern Ontario late in the evening before heading into Quebec.
More than 75,000 households and businesses in Quebec, are also without power due to damage from 100 km/h winds.
About 68,000 customers were without power at the peak of the storm.
About 13,000 customers in Toronto are reportedly affected and more than 350 hydro poles in Ontario were reportedly broken in the storm.
Tori Gass, spokesperson for Toronto Hydro, said the utility considers itself to be in an "emergency state" because damage from the windstorm has been "severe." Etobicoke was the hardest hit area in Toronto, she said.
"The storm came in fast and furious yesterday," she said.
"There are poles that have been brought down and wires that have been brought down. There are some instances where there are risks and dangerous situations. This is a very serious and a significant event for our power system."
"Unfortunately, it's scattered quite widely throughout the city. There seems to be not one area that wasn't touched by the damaging storm that happened yesterday."
More damage to hydro infrastructure in Toronto was caused by this windstorm, said Gass than did the ice storm in mid-April, when 44,000 customers lost power during the peak of the storm.
"This storm, while it was short-lived, was more much damaging than even that ice and wind storm that we had."
Fallen trees/Courtesy of CBC News
She could not say when power will be restored to people experiencing outages and said the wait could be lengthy in some cases.
Crews were reportedly responding to more than 400 reports of downed wires in Toronto on Saturday.
Out of public safety concerns, fallen wires are first being repaired.
Toronto Hydro is urging residents to stay at least 10 metres away from any downed wires and to use caution when walking or driving in the city and not to duck under yellow tape.
Nancy Clark, communications officer for Hydro One, said crews have already restored power to about 160,000 customers.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says the winds were nearly hurricane force and he thanked police, fire and hydro crews for their efforts.
"It was one of the worst windstorms in many, many years, in fact, maybe all the way back as far as Hurricane Hazel in terms of the strength of those winds," he said.
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Many passengers at Toronto's Pearson International Airport were rescheduled because of a brief ground stop on Friday night that suspended flight operations. .
A "dynamic" low pressure system from the southern U.S., said Environment Canada, that brought high winds and thunderstorms to southern Ontario.
"It gave us one of the largest, widespread windstorms that we've had in many years across Southern Ontario," Arnold Ashton, meteorologist for Environment Canada, said Saturday. "It moved at very good clip."
Wind gusts of 126 km/hr were recorded in Hamilton, 122 km/hr at Waterloo, Ont., airport and 119 km/hr at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Alberta, May 2 (Canadian-Media): The latest data released from Statistics Canada Wednesday, proclaimed 2017 to be a year of strong economic growth, with growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 4.9 percent, the highest in Canada, media reports said.
In spite of 18 months of economic recovery leading to high gains in the province's oil and gas sector, the province still remained divided between those who see it and those who do not.
According to a recent polling by CBC Calgary's 'The Road Ahead' series, over one in three see Alberta's economy moving sideways, while another one in five see it getting worse.
A slight majority of Albertans do not believe that Alberta has recovered from its recession.
The gap between perception and reality, said the reports, is understandable following such a deep recession.
But the data reveals Alberta's an economy is still second to none in Canada.
This is evident from the economical data that employment was up by 3.5 percent from its bottom in the recession, earnings rose by 6.9 percent, wholesale trade increased by 16.3 percent, manufacturing rose by 25.5 percent), exports increased by 46.5 percent, retail sales improved by 0.7 percent and EI recipients went down 42.2 percent
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Other positive factors are that there were nearly 40 percent more open job vacancies than an year ago and two-thirds have more jobs today than one year ago.
The unemployment rate reportedly went down to 6.3 percent, from a 2016 peak of nine per cent.
Even employment in the hard-hit oil and gas sector is up by nearly 7,000, and manufacturing up nearly 8,000.
Alberta workers reportedly earn, on average, more than $1,158 per week.
This is not only higher than any other province, by far, but is $52 more per week than when the recession ended in October 2016.
Almost every industry is seeing average wages grow, and three-quarters of the job gains mentioned earlier were in sectors with above-average weekly earnings, such as in resources, utilities, construction, and manufacturing.
The average offered wage of vacant positions in Alberta, according to the latest data, was $22.05 an hour at the end of 2017 , compared to $20.45 a year ago and $19.15 the year before that.
Alberta workers' total wages, salaries and benefits were $830 million more per month at the end of 2017 than at the bottom of the recession.
Compared to other provinces, Alberta reportedly remains on top even if though many do not yet feel it.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Cawston, B.C., Apr 30 (Canadian-Media): Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen had been forced to issue a local state of emergency due to flooding near Cawston, British Columbia (B.C.), media reports said.
Higher temperatures had reportedly caused the melting of the ice across most of B.C., giving resulting floodings and the consequent
evacuation of properties across the province.
With grounds already saturated with flooding waters potential rainfall in various regions will likely make matters worse, said the emergency officials.
The provincial government issued a written statement urging the public to be prepared for localized flooding instructing them to stay away from river and lake shorelines; to avoid driving through flood water, protect homes with sandbags and by moving equipment to higher ground and to be aware of sudden changes with water colour or levels, which could indicate a problem upstream.
The threat of flooding has prompted officials to declare a local state of emergency for the Tulameen area near Princeton, B.C.
Floods in B.C.
Most of the flooding is reportedly caused by the Otter Lake at the northern tip of the town, where there is a mix of recreational and residential properties.
The district has also issued local state of emergency for Cawston, near Keremeos, also because of the threat of flooding.
The Cariboo Regional District has declared a state of local emergency for some areas in the Nazko Valley region because of immediate danger from flooding.
The district said it has issued an evacuation order for 74 properties in the Nazko Valley region.
Affected residents should register at the reception centre in the Quesnel Recreation Centre at 500 North Star Road, which will be open until 10:00 p.m.
A slope above the homes was reportedly starting to slide down, threatening properties.
Geotechnical engineers were monitoring the scope,
People are urged to avoid the area due to the hazard of the unstable, water-logged slope.
Self-serve sand and sandbags are available at 15 locations and can be found using this map.Warm weather in B.C. prompts flooding, evacuation orders.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, Apr 18 (Canadian-Media): Quebec region norteast of Maniwaki centred near Ferme-Neuveon, felt a minor earthquake of magnitude 3.5, Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., reported by Earthquake Canada, media reports said.
The magnitude of the quake 3.5, added Earthquakes Canada, which was on the lower range and rarely causes damage.
Its epicentre was about 12 kilometres west of Ferme-Neuve, Que., near the Baskatong Reservoir and Montagne du Diable park.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Jan 3 (Canadian-Media): John Tory, Toronto Mayor's previous refusals to open the armouries in the wake of shortage of shelter for the homeless due to the severe winter conditions had been met with severe criticism , media reports said.
Toronto's shelters were 94 percent full due to the frigid temperatures and finding a space for homeless persons had become a stressful concern but a pair of strangers united to shelter nearly 20 of Toronto's homeless in hotels.
Earlier Tory had been critical of advocates that have called into question his leadership on the issue.
"Why is it when it comes to opening the armouries are these one or two people to be taken as having the gospel," he asked, taking exception to the implication that "if I don't do exactly as they say… that somehow that this means that I'm not doing my job."
Armouries as homeless shelters? 'Angry' Tory says no way.
But this morning Tory apologized to reporters that the city will do better.
Toronto which currently operates six winter respite centres, is in need of more more space, Tory said at a morning news conference.
He added that he will be speaking with Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale to consider the appropriateness of Moss Park armoury site -- a Canadian Forces facility located at 130 Queen Street East, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- for a seventh centre which could reportedly provide up to 100 new spaces.
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The armoury would provide up to 100 new spaces.
In addition to the Moss Park armoury, Tory reportedly announced this morning that there would be an increase in city-owned Better Living Centre from 110 daily spaces to 150 spaces and the implementation of 200 other new spaces across the city.
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Toronto, Jul 26 (Canadian-Media): 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic, of which 6.3 billion tonnes has already become waste have been created by human, a new study – “Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made” by Roland Geyer, Jenna R. Jambeck and Kara Lavender Law, published in Science Advances 19 Jul 2017, media reports said.
“Plastics have outgrown most man-made materials and have long been under environmental scrutiny… We estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) as of virgin plastics have been produced to date…If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12,000 Mt of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050,” the study said.
Roland Geyer, lead author of the study and associate professor in environmental science and management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, US said that she was surprised that the numbers were larger than she had expected.
The number that shocks him the most, however, was the rapid increase in production.
Geyer said that half of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastics was made just in the last 13 years. He continued to say that total plastic that was made between 2004 and 2015 was almost equal to that made between 1950 and 2004.
A recent study found evidence that plastic was making its way into the Arctic Ocean.
There have been several studies on how the plastic is harming wildlife, with a focus on sea birds.
"I'm very concerned," Geyer said of plastic in the ocean. "But in a way I'm equally concerned with plastics in terrestrial ecosystems. We don't even really study the effects of plastics in terrestrial ecosystems. I'm worried that there could be all kinds of unintended adverse environmental consequences."
"We have to be really mindful of plastics," Geyer said. "I'm having the exact same struggle and challenges everyone else has. You come home from the supermarket and you're just amazed at how much packaging there is together with the produce and the food."
Besides plastic packaging, the use of plastic fibres in clothing like nylons and fleece has also grown. Between 1950 and 2015, it accounted for one billion tonnes of plastic.
The key, Geyer said, is to ask yourself if you need to buy a product with so much plastic. He notes that some companies like clothing company Patagonia are trying to reduce the amount of plastic in their products. Being mindful in your purchasing habits, reports said, is the key point.
"It's something as a society we collectively have to have a good think about," Geyer said. "There's a way to reduce and still have the same services and quality of life. And that would definitely be a simple way to address plastic waste generation; if we just make less in the first place."
Plastic is in almost everything we use. Now researchers have calculated the staggering amount of the synthetic material humans have produced since large-scale production began in the 1950s: 8.3 billion tonnes.
More disturbing, the researchers say, is the amount of plastic waste that humans have produced. Of the 8.3 billion tonnes we've made since 1950, 6.3 billion of that has already become waste.
The same team responsible for this study was behind a 2015 study that found somewhere between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic from people living within 50 kilometres of coastlines had made its way into our oceans.
"Our estimate of eight million metric tonnes going into the oceans in 2010 is equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world," said Jenna Jambeck, co-author of both studies, in a statement at the time. "This annual input increases each year, so our estimate for 2015 is about 9.1 million metric tons," she said.
"In 2025, the annual input would be about twice the 2010 input, or 10 bags full of plastic per foot of coastline," she said. "So the cumulative input by 2025 would equal 155 million metric tonnes."
The growth of plastics production in the past 65 years has reportedly outpaced any other manufactured material. But the properties of plastics such as in durability and resistance to degradation make these materials difficult or impossible for nature to assimilate.
A plan to end this plastic production n which billions of metric tons of material will accumulate across all major terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems on the planet.
The relative advantages and disadvantages of dematerialization, material recycling, waste-to-energy, and conversion technologies need to reportedly carefully considered to design the best solutions to the environmental challenges.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)