Canada’s Yazidi community begs Stephen Harper for help in Iraq

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OTTAWA – Yazidi-Canadians begged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help their people in Iraq in an emotional rally on Parliament Hill Friday as the United States dropped bombs on the country’s Islamic militants.

Iraq’s minority Yazidi community has been terrorized by Islamic militants in the country’s north to a point some have called a genocide. 

Kajtoon Shammo, an Iraqi-born Canadian who travelled overnight from London, Ont., dropped to her knees holding a sign reading “Save the children.”

“Please Canada, I’m on my knees. Please Canada, I’m begging you: These are our families, these are our children dying by seconds. Please,” she cried.

“I’m begging you. Please Canada, please, stop this genocide. Stop. We want to live.”

Anti-ISIS protest held on Parliament Hill:

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    Shammo wants Canada to pressure countries bordering Iraq to open their borders and allow the Yazidi people to flee.

    In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada supports the U.S. but has no plans to step in militarily.

    “Canada supports all efforts, including United States supply drops and airstrikes, to protect civilians from ISIS terrorists. We continue to stand with those who support the Iraqi people, including the Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers who are bravely fighting this brutal terrorism,” Baird said.

    “Canadian officials, including Canada’s ambassador to Iraq, who is based in Jordan, will be working to determine how best to support the Iraqi people with the current security and humanitarian challenges. We have received no request for military assistance and will continue to monitor the situation in concert with our allies.”

    Thousands of Yazidi people have been trapped with limited food and water in Iraq’s Sinjar mountains after fleeing the northwestern town of Sinjar, seized by militants last week.

    Foreign Affairs estimates up to 200,000 Yazidi, Christian and other religious communities in Iraq have been displaced. 

    On Friday U.S. fighters began to bomb Islamic militants after Obama authorized the airstrikes late Thursday.

    Harper will be in Edmundston, N.B. Friday afternoon to deliver remarks at the opening ceremony of the World Acadian Congress.

    The Prime Minister’s Office referred questions about whether Canada was prepared to help the Yazidis to Baird and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.

    In an email, Alexander’s spokeswoman said the government has resettled more than 18,200 Iraqi refugees in Canada since 2009, and committed to resettle 5,000 refugees out of Turkey by 2018, the majority of which are Iraqi.

    “Our government has made special efforts to lend assistance to victims of violence and to those suffering political and religious persecution in Iraq,” spokeswoman Codie Taylor said.

    She said the government is looking at providing more support through existing refugee resettlement programs.

    “Our government takes this situation very seriously and will continue to build on our record of taking decisive action to resettle this religious minority facing persecution by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists.”

    The Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism, fled their homes after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (also called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee their homes or face death.

    Samir Kawal,18 has family members in Iraq. He wants the Canadian government to step in and stop the slaughter.

    “Please Stephen Harper, help us out now. People are dying. Kids are being murdered, women are being sold, women are being raped, men are being killed. Please help us all out now. People are starving to death, people are being murdered, men are being slaughtered,” he said.

    “It’s already too late. Open your eyes, open your heart. Please help the Yazidis back home. These are our people, these are our men, these are our women, these are our children.

    “We need help now and we need to stop the ISIS Islamic state terrorism group once and for all before it’s too late.”

    – With files from the Associated Press

    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s full statement:

     “Canada continues to condemn the repugnant killing of innocent civilians including women and children from Christian, Yazidi, and other religious and minority communities in northern Iraq by the terror group ISIS.

    “Canada supports all efforts, including United States supply drops and airstrikes, to protect civilians from ISIS terrorists. We continue to stand with those who support the Iraqi people, including the Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers who are bravely fighting this brutal terrorism.

    “Canadian officials, including Canada’s ambassador to Iraq, who is based in Jordan, will be working to determine how best to support the Iraqi people with the current security and humanitarian challenges. We have received no request for military assistance and will continue to monitor the situation in concert with our allies.

    “Canada will continue to support the Iraqi government’s fight against ISIS. We call on Iraqi leaders to come together to govern for all Iraqis, regardless of religion, and for the sake of the security, democracy and prosperity of the Iraqi people.”

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Forecasters have higher expectations for slow Atlantic hurricane season

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MIAMI – The Atlantic hurricane season will continue to be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation, federal forecasters said Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October.

Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven and 12 in an updated hurricane season forecast issued Thursday.

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    The forecast calls for zero to two of those hurricanes to be major storms with winds greater than 110 mph.

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    “We are more confident that a below-normal season will occur because atmospheric and oceanic conditions that suppress cyclone formation have developed and will persist through the season.” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

    Those conditions include the likely development of El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the world and typically reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.

    Relatively cooler temperatures on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean also have lowered the probability of hurricane formation.

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    “Nonetheless, tropical storms and hurricanes can strike the U.S. during below-normal seasons, as we have already seen this year when Arthur made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane. We urge everyone to remain prepared and be on alert throughout the season,” Bell said.

    Forecasters said there remains a 70 per cent chance that the season will be less busy than normal. A normal year has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major storms.

    There have been two hurricanes so far this year: Arthur and Bertha, which did not threaten the U.S. coastline.

    The Atlantic hurricane season begins in June and ends in November. Forecasters name tropical storms when top winds reach 63 km/h; hurricanes have maximum winds of at least 120 km/hh.

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Off-duty Niagara police officer killed in Welland crash

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ABOVE: Global’s Mark Carcasole reports live from the scene of a fatal crash which claimed the life of a Niagara police officer

TORONTO – The Niagara Regional Police force is mourning the loss of one of their own after an off-duty officer was killed in a motorcycle collision in Welland early Friday morning.

Police say 33-year-old Constable Joe Mellen was traveling home on his motorcycle from a night shift in Niagara Falls when he somehow collided with an oncoming vehicle around 5 a.m. on Highway 406 at Woodlawn Road.

“It appears the vehicle came in contact head on,” said OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt.

“The rider of motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle, struck the car, and sustained fatal injuries.”

Police say the female driver of the vehicle was airlifted to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“It’s very tragic right now,” Sgt. Schmidt told reporters on scene. “Any fatal collision is very somber and because it is an off-duty officer, it hits home for any officer dealing with fatalities like this.”

Niagara Police Chief Jeff McGuire remembers Cst. Mellen as a “good cop” and a “hard-working civil servant.”

“Very fun guy to be around,” Chief McGuire told reporters outside Niagara police headquarters Friday morning. “The impact on our members will be great.”

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Cst. Mellen joined the police force as a cadet in 2004 and friends describe him as a “wannabe actor, musician and comedian.”

Detective Sergeant Clifford Priest, the president of the Niagara Police Association, told Global News Cst. Mellen was extremely well liked in his community.

“He helped out with kids events, charity events, just an all around popular guy,” the Det. Sgt. said.

“He had a great sense of humour. He was able to help a lot of his colleagues get through dark times.”

Det. Sgt. Priest said the officers who first responded on the scene knew Mellen well.

“The guys were telling me that when he left [his shift,] he was in extremely good spirits,” Det. Sgt. Priest said.

“It was our officers that discovered it was a friend that had been killed in the collision.”

The officer leaves behind two children, aged 5 and 7. He was divorced.

WATCH: Niagara Regional Police chief Jeff McGuire confirms that officer Joe Mellen was involved in a crash on his way home from a night shift and was killed in the accident.

Ontario Provincial Police say they are investigating the cause of the fatal crash and are asking any member of the public who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

Highway 406 between East Main and Woodlawn was closed for several hours during the police reconstruction but it was fully reopened at 10 a.m.

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Orange zone grey areas clarified

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Watch above: drivers reminded to slow down in construction zones

SASKATOON – The City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Police Service are clarifying the grey areas of work zones.

Although the law asking motorists to slow to 60km/h in constructions zones seem straight forward, it isn’t according to the city’s transportation manager, Angela Gardiner.

“We are seeing people speeding past the construction workers that do have the flashing lights,” said Gardiner.

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Gardiner is referring to the orange beacons on pilot vehicles. When workers are setting up a construction zone and haven’t yet posted signs, the orange lights must be regarded as a warning to motorists to slow to 60km/h.

Saskatoon Police Service enforces the traffic bylaw with fines beginning at $210.

Even if you don’t see officers patrolling in the work zone, drivers who speed could still be ticketed. Police encourage construction workers to report any motorists they see breaking the law. According to Staff Sgt. Tony Nadon, all police need to be provided is a licence plate and an eye witness in order to proceed with a charge.

“With the technology of phones these days, it’s pretty easy to get that information,” said Nadon, who confirmed the service has laid a number of charges this way in the past three years.

SGI’s preliminary numbers for 2013 show there were 73 collisions in a work zone on our province’s highways and 126 within city limits. Saskatoon Police Service expects these numbers to decline in 2014, saying motorists in the city have been increasingly compliant this year.

Another area officials are clarifying is construction zones where you don’t see workers present. There may be equipment or other safety hazards in the zone and drivers are still asked to obey the posted speed limits.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Chamblin proud of Roughriders’ gutsy win over Bombers

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WINNIPEG – Corey Chamblin watched his Roughriders fight for a Grey Cup victory last year, but the Saskatchewan coach said Thursday’s 23-17 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was a gutsy performance he’ll never forget.

“It was tougher than any Grey Cup I’ve been in and all the other things, in terms of us just battling,” Chamblin said. “This team battled. I mean, they had us on the ropes.”

“Just happy for us to win that game,” he added. “That’s huge, that’s probably the biggest of my career.”

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Saskatchewan cornerback Terrell Maze intercepted Drew Willy and ran 28 yards for a touchdown with 2:20 left in the game.

Saskatchewan (4-2) tried a two-point passing play following Maze’s TD, but Darian Durant’s pass was incomplete and the score stayed 22-17.

Robert Marve #16 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gets past the Saskatchewan Roughriders for a five yard gain on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Terrell Maze #20 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Aaron Woods of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gets by Samuel Hurl of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Quarterback Drew Willy #5 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is held by Trevor Guyton #92 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Investors Group Field on Thursday.

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Kicker Lirim Hajrullahu #70 jumps to grab hold of a high pass on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Louie Richardson #52 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stops Tristan Jackson #38 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Head coach Corey Chamblin of the Saskatchewan Roughriders gestures from the sidelines on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Head coach Michael O’Shea of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers walks down the sidelines on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Jason Vega #98 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers knocks the ball out of the hands of Darian Durant #4 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Will Ford #30 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders goes for yards on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Louie Richardson #52 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stops Tristan Jackson #38 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Darian Durant #4 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders looks to throw the ball on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders fans cheer on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Nic Grigsby #32 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gets caught up with Mark LeGree #28 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Clarence Denmark #89 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers breaks free from the grasp of Rod Williams #37 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Head coach Michael O’Shea of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers looks up at a replay on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Receiver Clarence Denmark #89 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers awaits the ball as he is held on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Drew Willy #5 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prepares to throw the ball on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Clarence Denmark #89 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers throws the ball in the air after gaining yards on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Rory Kohlert #87 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers grabs the ball for a touchdown on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Quarterback Drew Willy #5 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers runs in for a touchdown on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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With his teammates yelling around him in the locker-room — calling him “amazing” — Maze said the defence never lost hope.

“Everybody stuck together, we never gave up,” Maze said.

“We were in the zone, I was the lone man. I wouldn’t want to say I baited (Willy), but I was hoping he threw it.”

Willy blamed himself for the costly mistake.

“Can’t throw in the flat like that late, that’s the reason we lost,” Willy said. “Bad read.”

And he says he’ll take full responsibility and try to improve.

“It stings to let the guys down like that,” Willy said.

The turnover came after the Bombers (5-2) had gained the upperhand when receiver Rory Kohlert got behind a defender and hauled in a 12-yard pass from Willy in the end zone to go ahead 17-16 with 5:25 left.

His two-point convert attempt was unsuccessful in front of Winnipeg’s first sellout crowd of the season of 33,234 loud fans at Investors Group Field.

On Winnipeg’s next series after the Maze TD, Willy was intercepted by defensive back Mark Legree, who also intercepted him in the first quarter.

Chamblin praised his defence.

“That was a game from the soul,” Chamblin said. “They were all out. They left everything on that field.

“They’re going to be tired, coaches are tired. We had a lot against us, but we made it.”

Riders kicker Chris Milo attempted a 32-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the game, but missed and added a single for the final 23-17 score.

Willy completed 23 of 39 pass attempts for 303 yards, three interceptions and one TD.

Durant was 13-of-21 for 115 yards, with no interceptions and no TDS.

Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said the turnovers were costly, but they did have time to try to pull out another late victory as they’ve done twice before this season.

“We’re down with (some) time on the clock, we’ve got the ball back and we’ve still got the chance to possibly win it,” O’Shea said.

“So a couple other games we did that and this one we didn’t.”

But he wasn’t coming down hard on Willy.

“Drew is committed to be being the best quarterback he can possibly be so this doesn’t change,” O’Shea said.

Winnipeg had led 10-3 at half-time, thanks in part to Saskatchewan’s eight penalties for 83 yards (they finished with 17 for 173 yards), but then luck turned the Riders’ way.

With Willy at his own 28-yard line, Riders George Tearrius forced him to fumble and teammate David Lee picked up the ball and ran seven yards for the touchdown at 12:51 of the third quarter.

Winnipeg defensive back Demond Washington then fumbled the kickoff when he tried to run through some defenders and Saskatchewan receiver Chaz Schilens recovered the ball.

The turnover led to Milo booting a 10-yard field goal 15 seconds into the fourth quarter for the 13-10 lead.

Winnipeg kicker Lirim Hajrullahu added a punt single and Milo booted a 40-yard field goal to up Saskatchewan’s lead 16-11 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

Milo was also good on a field goal from 42 yards and missed a 48-yard attempt.

Willy scored a touchdown on a seven-yard run in the second quarter and Hajrullahu also made a 41-yard field goal and added a 50-yard punt single for Winnipeg’s other points.

The rookie Hajrullahu has now connected on 16 of 17 field-goal tries this season.

Saskatchewan has won 11 of the last 13 games between the clubs heading into the match.

The teams play each other two more times this season, next in the Labour Day Classic in Regina and a week later in Winnipeg for the Banjo Bowl.

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Sask. manufacturers want help to ease Russian trade sanctions sting

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REGINA – The Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council wants the federal government to consider special support for Canadian exporters affected by Russian trade sanctions.

Executive director Derek Lothian says Russia is a key customer.

He says the council would like Ottawa to create an emergency fund to offer short-term relief for agricultural processors, producers and related manufacturers that will be hurt by the sanctions.

Lothian says the federal government should also communicate closely with Canadian companies that export to Russia.

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    He says Russia is strategically important as a stand-alone market and as a gateway to other countries in Eastern Europe.

    Lothian warns the sanctions on food products will have a ripple effect on related industries and could result in a loss of Canadian jobs.

    “We are known around the world as probably the best supplier of agricultural equipment,” Lothian said Friday. “If there is no money to purchase that equipment in foreign or domestic markets, that equals jobs and investment here at home.”

    Russia announced a year-long ban on food imports from Canada, the United States and other countries Thursday in response to sanctions imposed over the conflict in Ukraine.

    The measures are aimed at meat, milk and dairy products, fruit and vegetables and fish from Canada, the U.S., the European Union, Australia and Norway.

    Canada’s agricultural exports to Russia amounted to $563 million in 2012, mostly in frozen pork, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

    The council represents about 40 companies in Saskatchewan.

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Ebola emergency: What went wrong in West Africa?

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The Ebola virus has been on the world’s health radar for close to four decades after being isolated in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976.

There have been multiple outbreaks since then – but nothing like this.

The world is in the grips of the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded, with 1,711 reported cases and 932 deaths so far.

What went wrong?

Villages to cities

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Previous Ebola outbreaks have occurred in smaller villages, with little or no transmission to larger groups of people, said Dr. Jay Keystone, an expert in tropical and infectious disease at the University of Toronto.

In this case, people from areas where the outbreak originated travelled to other cities and countries , precipitating more infections outside Guinea, where the outbreak began. There were no early attempts in place to stop people from getting on planes if they looked sick, he said.

Insufficient public health infrastructure

The countries worst hit by the virus have mobile populations but nowhere near the public health infrastructure required to deal with an outbreak of this magnitude, Keystone said. This allowed it to worsen without containment.

It’s also the first major Ebola outbreak in West Africa, taking governments and health care systems by surprise.

In a statement, the World Health Organization said the sheer geographical size of the outbreak makes coordination efforts extremely difficult, especially because these individual countries have limited capacity to deal with a public health emergency.

Mistrust of medical authority

It’s tough to tackle or contain a virulent disease when the public doesn’t believe you.

Many people in smaller, more rural communities blamed hospitals or health workers for the deaths of their family members. Some refused to seek treatment, fearing they’d never return.

Doctors have been chased out of villages, survivors are stigmatized and unsafe funeral practices (such as washing the body of an Ebola victim and then touching their nose, eyes, or mouth) continued long after the disease began to spread, said Tim Jagatic, a Canadian doctor with Doctors Without Borders.

In some cases, people try to treat Ebola-infected relatives at home, hiding hiding patients from health care workers, according to the WHO.

The World Health Organization is calling on governments in affected countries to fully engage the community through local, religious, traditional leaders and healers in an effort to win the public’s trust and curb infection rates.

The WHO also hopes countries will start to actively screen people at airports, seaports and land crossings for symptoms such as fevers, coughing or trouble breathing.

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Drought Hill fire grows to 40 hectares fueled by strong winds

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WATCH ABOVE: Cooler temperatures are helping in the battle against a wildfire near Peachland but the forest fire threat could heat up again next week as temperatures rise. Darlene Heidemann reports.

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UPDATE August 9, 2014 – The evacuation order for the one property in the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road has been changed to an evacuation alert this morning. Authorities say the fire remains at 40 hectares and is not contained, but that it was calm overnight. They also expect highway 97C to return to normal later today, with the removal of the single lane closures.

UPDATE August 8, 2014 – The fire has now grown to 40 hectares, fueled by warm temperatures and winds today. Strong winds are anticipated Friday afternoon, with gusts up to 50 km/h. Fire officials say the active area of the blaze is now away from property in the area. 85 firefighters and nine aircraft are battling the blaze.

The Emergency Operations Centre says boaters are interfering with aircraft attempting to reload with water in Okanagan Lake. Boaters are moving into the area in an attempt to take a closer look at the activity or get photos with their cellphones; and, emergency officials need boaters to stay well clear of the aircrafts’ reloading areas for their own safety, the safety of the pilots and to avoid interfering with the wildfire fight.

A smoke advisory is in effect for Kamloops and though another has ended in Prince George, new advisories have been issued for Burns Lake and Williams Lake.

A new Area Restriction Order is also in effect around wildfires near Canal Flats to protect the safety of firefighting personnel and the public. This Area Restriction Order is in addition to the earlier order put in place on July 30.

This new area restriction includes the following:

The entire East Fork of the White River Forest Service Road from approximately the 46-km mark to Munroe Lake. The Bull River Forest Service Road south to approximately the 95-km mark. The entire crown land portion of the Crossing Creek Trail east to Round Prairie.

The following forest service roads remain closed:

The main Whiteswan Forest Service Road from Highway 93/95 junction to the 32-km marker.The main Kootenay Forest Service Road from the 3-km marker to 34.5-km (White Rock Forest Service Road and Kootenay Forest Service Road junction).The entire White-Rock Forest Service Road.

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VANCOUVER – Crews in Peachland continue to monitor a wildfire next to the Okanagan Connector.

The Drought Hill fire broke out just before 2:30 p.m. There are four air tankers battling the flames, along with two helicopters and six forestry firefighters with 20 more on the way.

West Kelowna and Peachland fire departments are assisting as well.

The fire is clearly visible from Highway 97C and has grown to 30 hectares. The road is still open but it is down to single lane traffic westbound.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area if they can.

GALLERY: Crews battling the Peachland fire. Photos by Cynthia Jones.

There is one structure at risk and a local state of emergency has been declared to facilitate the evacuation of that home. Fire retardant has been laid down between the house and the fire.

With the hot dry weather continuing across most of the province, the fire danger rating is currently high in most areas, with large areas of extreme fire danger in the East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Revelstoke and Boundary regions.

In the past week, the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 84 new lightning-caused fires. Thankfully the vast majority of these fires have been small, and many are already contained.

The Slocan Park fire, west of Nelson, is estimated to be 120 hectares in size. The Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an Evacuation Alert for residents in the area between 2826 on Highway 6 and 3024 on Highway 6.

The Whitetail Brook fire, eight kilometres east of Canal Flats, is estimated at 1,700 hectares and is 50 per cent contained. There are currently 110 firefighters and six helicopters working on this fire. Area Restriction Orders are in effect for areas surrounding the blaze.

The Chelaslie River fire is estimated to be about 65,000 hectares in size and has sparked evacuation orders and alerts. People living in the communities of Smithers and Vanderhoof are seeing heavy smoke in their communities due to this large wildfire.

There are also campfire and open fire bans in place throughout most of B.C.

On Friday and Saturday more than 220 additional fire personnel will be arriving in B.C. to help fight the fires. Crews are coming from Ontario and Quebec and will join more than 1,600 provincial staff, more than 930 B.C. contractors and about 100 out-of-province personnel already engaged in fire response efforts.

These crews are in addition to about 80 specialized wildfire personnel from Australia who are scheduled to arrive in Vancouver from Saturday, Aug. 9 through Monday, Aug. 11.

The Wildfire Management Branch has responded to 1,036 wildfires so far this season, with most of them caused by lightning.

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WATCH: Dramatic rescue caught on tape after truck plunges into ocean

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WATCH ABOVE: Last week, the mayor of Campbell River was pulling out of the parking lot at Discovery Pier when he collided with an out- of-control northbound truck —; sending that vehicle and its driver plunging into the water. Kylie Stanton picks up the story.

VANCOUVER – A frightening accident involving two pickup trucks on Vancouver Island led to a dramatic rescue that was caught on tape.

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Last week the mayor of Campbell River was pulling out of the parking lot at Discovery Pier when he collided with an out-of-control northbound truck, sending that vehicle and its driver plunging into the water.

“The truck came careening over the bank behind us and it flew about 20 feet in the air,” said witness Mike Roberts.

The truck just missed the boats and the people nearby.

“About eight feet from my wife,” added Roberts.

Harbour manager Phyllis Titus said she yelled at her staff to call 9-1-1 and then they ran down to the dock to see what they could do.

Five people jumped into action, including two visiting American Navy divers. They were able to pull the woman driver to safety as the vehicle sunk.

Now the focus is on what led to the crash.

No one was injured and criminal charges are not being considered. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Hero awards are being considered for the people who jumped in to help, but they remain humble about the ordeal.

“I’m sure anyone else in that position would have done the same,” said Roberts.

– With files from Kylie Stanton.

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Former Alison Redford chief of staff believes ministers were aware of inappropriate travel

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EDMONTON – The man who helped Alison Redford get voted in as premier believes the blame on alleged inappropriate travel spending should be extended beyond his former boss and her office.

“Six cabinet ministers were on the plane with Alison Redford when they went to Grande Prairie for a party fundraiser,” said Stephen Carter, Redford’s former chief of staff and campaign manager.

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“Did they not notice that it was the government plane? Were they unaware that the government plane was a little bit nicer than the plane that the government traditionally charters?”

Carter agrees with Auditor General Merwan Saher’s assessment that there was an “aura of power” surrounding Redford and her staff, but maintains PC MLAs should have challenged the premier’s travel spending despite the career risk it likely would have created.

“To suggest that it’s not the fault of those other MLAs and those other cabinet ministers, who also could have stood up, but they know what would have happened if they would have stood up and opposed the premier…they would have lost their jobs.”

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Carter claims Redford’s alleged inappropriate use of government aircraft didn’t compare to former premier Ralph Klein.

“Klein’s use of the planes is notorious. He makes Alison Redford look like she wasn’t even trying, but he had the power, and at that time that was acceptable and he was able to keep going.”

Klein’s travel habits on government planes was questioned during his 14 years as Alberta’s premier.

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In 2004, the Liberals questioned Klein about a trip he had taken to Nova Scotia, in which a government plane dropped him off at a exclusive golf resort before he went to the premiers’ conference in Halifax.

In March 2005, the Klein government’s use of aircraft once again came under scrutiny when one of the government’s four planes arrived in Edmonton carrying the lieutenant governor.

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