Monday, January 30, 2023

‘A bit mind boggling:’ Montreal streets empty after first curfew in 50 years

Before the 8 p.m. curfew deadline hit and an eerie stillness descended over Canada’s second largest city Saturday night, life was about as normal as it gets during a pandemic. At the Provigo on Sherbrooke St. W. a handful of people lined up to pay for their groceries. Overall the store wasn’t much busier than usual, supervisor Alyssa Maximov said. Nor had there been a run on dry beans. Or toilet paper. (Montreal Gazette)

First victim in Canadian NATO helicopter crash identified

TORONTO - The first victim of a Canadian military helicopter crash off the coast of Greece has been identified. Abbigail Cowbrough was on board the CH-148 Cyclone when it disappeared over the Ionian Sea during a NATO training exercise on Wednesday, according to Facebook posts from her father and the church she attended. (CTV)
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  • 1 dead, 5 missing as Canadian helicopter goes missing in Mediterranean
  • Santa hats and tear gas: Hong Kong protests flare again

    HONG KONG - Christmas Eve, ordinarily a night of revelry in Hong Kong, was filled with tear gas and pepper spray as riot police officers clashed with pro-democracy protesters who gathered at malls and shopping districts. (New York Times)
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    10,000 people evacuated as multiple wildfires threaten northern Alberta communities

    SLAVE LAKE - Thousands of more people have been put on evacuation alert Thursday as smoke from out-of-control wildfires in northern Alberta billowed across the province. (Edmonton Journal)
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  • Extreme fire conditions continue to challenge firefighters
  • St. John’s funeral home a COVID-19 ‘mini-epicentre’ after more than 60 cases after two wakes

    Shannon Fleming and Edward Tobin died on the same day just two weeks ago in St. John’s, N.L. Fleming died 12 days shy of her 37th birthday after struggling with kidney disease. Tobin, 78, died suddenly at home; he was born the same day British intelligence broke the spy codes for the Enigma machines used by Germany in the Second World War. (National Post)

    Hero priest rescued relics from Notre Dame fire

    A hero priest made a daring dash into the burning Notre Dame cathedral Monday night to save the Crown of Thorns, a religious relic dating back to the 13th century, according to reports. (New York Post)

    Vancouver storefronts impassable due to garbage, human waste and open drug use

    Business owners trying to reopen in the downtown core are coming into conflict with homeless people who have taken shelter in parks, plazas and storefronts during the public health emergency. “Things have gone from good, to bad, to downright ugly,” said Stephen Regan, executive director of the West End Business Improvement Association. “It’s a perfect storm with businesses that are closed that have awnings and alcoves — those tend to be good places to hunker down for the evening or even a full day or a week.” (Vancouver Sun)

    Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of closed funeral home

    DETROIT - In a disturbing discovery, the bodies of 11 deceased infants were found in the ceiling of a shuttered funeral home in Detroit on Friday. (WTOP)
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  • Detroit former funeral home owner reveals where 11 infant bodies found
  • 17 pedestrians struck in Toronto in 4 hour period

    TORONTO - The combination of evening rain and earlier darkness has proved to be a dangerous one on Toronto streets with police and paramedics reporting 17 pedestrians hit by vehicles on Thursday night.(680 News)

    Tornado leaves path of destruction in Ottawa area

    OTTAWA - A tornado cut a swath of destruction across west end Ottawa and Gatineau Friday, flattening homes and businesses, overturning vehicles and leaving at least one person with life-threatening injuries and seriously injuring several more. (National Post)

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