GATINEAU, QUE. (NEWS 1130) – One of the areas hardest-hit by spring flooding is the Gatineau region in Quebec and that’s where the prime minister and that province’s premier got a first-hand look at the damage today.The Prime Minister and Quebec Premier taking a helicopter tour to examine the flooding and the damage it has caused #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/4H5AptpEto— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 11, 2017Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couillard boarded a helicopter this morning to get a closer look at the effects of the powerful flood waters.Quebec’s General Financial Assistance Program regarding Actual or Imminent Disasters only covers the essentials such as $150 for dishes, $450 for one TV, $775 for bedroom furniture, $600 for a washer and $450 for a dryer. However, it doesn’t cover lost income, jewelry, sports equipment or even an air conditioner.Therese got emotional speaking about problems with receiving compensation #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/enHVQ1oti9— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 11, 2017 There is some extra relief for flood victims coming from the City of Gatineau. Affected residents can postpone their second tax payment, due by June 30th, to 2018, interest free.Questions still remain as to why the military wasn’t called in sooner, before water levels were knee to waist high, some houses were surrounded and several hundred had already evacuated their homes.Meantime, even as water levels continue to decline in some parts of Quebec, federal Environment Minister David Huertel is warning that the situation could deteriorate in other areas this weekend because of heavy rain. He says water levels are expected to remain stable in flooded areas in the Montreal area despite a forecast of weekend rain.A state of emergency will remain in effect in Montreal until Sunday, where 243 people have been evacuated and about 400 homes flooded.Prime Minister urges people to think about donating to Red Cross. Quebec Premier says he’s looking at ways to change compensation #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/EW2sjjWZ6A— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 11, 2017Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux says 3,882 residences in the province have now been affected by the floods and that more than 2,700 people have had to leave their homes.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the military is deploying several hundred more soldiers to help with flood relief efforts in Quebec, bringing the total to 2,200.Rogers, the parent of this station, has a text-to-donate campaign to help those affected by flooding. Text FLOODS to 30333 to donate $10 to the Canadian Red Cross flood relief efforts in BC, Ontario and Quebec.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Hot, dry conditions, gusty winds and a chance of lightning are expected to keep wildfire crews in British Columbia watchful this weekend.The BC Wildfire Service said its weather forecasters have issued a wind warning for the fire-weary Cariboo Fire Centre, but no significant growth was reported early Friday on any area blazes.Wildfire service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said almost 150 fires are burning in the province and communities will continue to be endangered without significant rain.The service’s website shows 11 new fires broke out Thursday, seven sparked by lightning, two believed to be human-caused and two others undetermined.Conditions also prompted expansion of an evacuation order for some homes in a remote area west of Quesnel. Orders were still in effect for some properties outside Williams Lake, and others around fires near Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, and north of Cache Creek.Officials said smoke must clear before growth of the blaze north of Cache Creek and east of Clinton can be accurately determined, but the wildfire service website estimates it at 680 square kilometres, with dozens of homes lost between Boston Flats and Loon Lake.Near Monte Lake, 50 kilometres east of Kamloops, a young couple with two children confirms their home was destroyed when a quickly moving wildfire broke out late Wednesday afternoon.Relatives of the family say they were away from home and had no opportunity to grab important papers or other items before flames raced up Martin Mountain.A cause of that fire remains under investigation.On Thursday, thousands of people were given the OK to return to their homes in and around Williams Lake, but the wildfire service reminded residents they may have to leave again on short notice.Officials encouraged people to sign up for an electronic notification system so they can receive emails or text messages the moment an evacuation order is issued.The wildfire service said $154 million has been spent so far on suppressing nearly 800 fires since April 1. (The Canadian Press, CHNL)
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday laid the foundation stones for setting up four new medical colleges in the state and also inaugurated a host of new projects.The four new medical colleges that are coming up are — Arambag Medical College and Hospital in Hooghly, Barasat Medical College and Hospital in North 24-Parganas, Tomluk Medical College and Hospital in East Midnapore and Jhargram Medical College and Hospital in Jhargram district. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe construction of five medical colleges has already been completed and they will be made operational this year giving a huge boost to the health infrastructure of the state. The five hospitals have come up at Diamond Harbour, Purulia, Rampurhat, Raigunj and Cooch Behar. There will be 300-500 beds in each hospital. The necessary infrastructure is in place and the medical colleges are ready to be operated, a senior health department official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee also inaugurated OPD services at Serampore Superspecialty Hospital in Hooghly, Uluberia Superspecialty Hospital in Howrah and also ‘Matri Maa’ (mother and child hub) along with SNCU at Kanthi Sub-divisional Hospital at Nandigram Health District in East Midnapore. Chief Minister Banerjee who is also the health minister of the state announced that a new software would soon be introduced for the better operation of diagnostic and dialysis services in the hospitals across the state under public private partnership model. She also laid the foundation stones for the up-gradation of the Furfura Sharif Primary Health Centre in Hooghly from 10-30 beds and also the up-gradation of a District Reserve Store each at Nandigram District Hospital and Kalimpong District Hospital. Kalimpong Nursing Training School and Hospital in Kalimpong would also be set up the foundation stone of which was laid by Banerjee from the Mati Utsav in Hooghly’s Tarakeswar. The Chief Minister inaugurated a blood component separation unit at Hooghly district hospital, Linear Accelerator Machines at the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital, a thalassemia control unit at Alipurduar District Hospital. A new building at the Lumbini Park Mental Hospital in the city Digital and an X-ray unit under PPP mode in Salt Lake Sub-divisional Hospital in North 24-Parganas were also inaugurated by the Chief Minister from Hooghly. Following the instruction of the Chief Minister, the state health department has already set up more than 40 Super specialty hospitals across the state so that people in the districts can avail best quality treatment particularly in the rural areas.