Man tragically dies in St. Lawrence River while trying to rescue a woman

A man in his forties tragically died during the night from Saturday to Sunday when he jumped into the water to rescue a woman who had accidentally fallen into the St. Lawrence River, in Lévis, on the South Shore of Quebec.

The victim’s spouse, who was the third person in the group, contacted the emergency services at around 3:30 a.m., reported the Police Department of the City of Lévis (SPVL) to inform them of what had happened at the Anse-Benson, in the Saint-Romuald sector, and that the man was nowhere to be found.

The woman who initially fell into the water came out of the water on her own. She was hypothermic, according to the patrol officers who arrived on the scene, and was transported to Hôtel-Dieu in Lévis. His life would not be in danger.

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The man was found “inert, floating in the water” a few minutes later by the Coast Guard who had been requested for assistance, said Jean-Sébastien Levan, a spokesperson for the SPVL.

“The three were intoxicated,” Constable Levan said. “The level of intoxication, we don’t have it.”

All three are from outside the region. The couple of which the victim was a part comes from Saint-Jérôme, in the Laurentians, and the woman who initially fell into the water is from Sherbrooke, in the Eastern Townships.

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The police do not know if the man died by drowning or by hitting the rocks. “It depends on the height of the tide,” said Mr. Levan. “At low tide, it’s about ten feet high. On the other hand, there are rocks below.”

The police are trying to clarify what the group was doing at the scene shortly before the tragedy. A coroner will conduct an inquest to clarify the circumstances of the man’s death.

Anse-Benson Park is open to the public day and night. Vehicles are usually parked there in front of a cement border that overlooks the river in order to walk or admire the view.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Summer Outlook: Expect more heat, dryer conditions throughout says meteorologist

People in Saskatoon and surrounding areas can expect more hot and dry conditions as we continue through the heart of summer.

After an incredibly hot and dry June and July, August is looking to follow a similar path.

“Looks like we are not going to see a dry pattern set up for prolonged periods without precipitation in central Saskatchewan and in the Saskatoon area,” meteorologist Peter Quinlan said.

According to the Environment Canada website, so far this summer the Saskatoon area has seen below-average rainfall in summer, 41.7 mm of rain in June and 17.7 mm of moisture in July. The hottest temperature thus far was on July 2 when Saskatoon hit 40 C.

The majority of rain has been from scattered thunderstorms — the main source of moisture for many areas across the province this summer.

Environment Canada has issued another heat warning for the Saskatoon area for the next couple of days.

Environment Canada added there is a chance of rain in the extended forecast.

 

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Florida's COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 10,200 setting pandemic record

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A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations, as the number of patients in hospitals because of COVID-19 once again broke through the 1,000-person threshold.

The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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The previous record was from more than a year ago, July 23, 2020, more than a half-year before vaccinations started becoming widespread, when Florida had 10,170 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Hospital Association.

Florida is now leading the nation in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19, as hospitals around the state report having to put emergency room visitors in beds in hallways and others document a noticeable drop in the age of patients.

In the past week, Florida has averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations a day, and 35 daily pediatric hospitalizations. Both are the highest per capita rate in the nation, according to Jason Salemi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida.

The hospitalizations and increasing cases have come as the new, more transmittable delta variant has spread throughout Florida, and residents have returned to pre-pandemic activities.

“The recent rise is both striking and not-at-all surprising,” Salemi said in an email late Saturday.

Federal health data released Saturday showed that Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. The latest numbers were recorded on Friday and released on Saturday on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. The figures show how quickly the number of cases is rising in the Sunshine State: only a day earlier, Florida reported 17,093 new daily cases.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and along with the state Legislature, has limited local officials’ ability to impose restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeSantis on Friday barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.

Hospitals overwhelmed

Throughout Florida, from Jacksonville to Miami to Tampa, hospitals have become overwhelmed.

Barry Burton, the Pinellas County administrator, told the Tampa Bay Times that some local hospitals are already having to divert ambulances to different locations because of capacity concerns.

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There has been a startling rise in the number of children with the virus at hospitals in Miami, many of them requiring intensive care.

Memorial Health’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood had seven patients with COVID-19. At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, there were 17 patients with COVID-19 on Friday, including six in the ICU and one who needed a ventilator, Dr. Marcos Mestre, vice president and chief medical officer, told the Miami Herald.

About half of the patients were under 12, Mestre said, and the rest were older and eligible for the vaccine. But none of the patients with COVID-19 at Nicklaus Children’s on Friday were vaccinated. Most children who get COVID-19 do not need hospitalization, Mestre said.

At the UF Health North hospital emergency room in Jacksonville, COVID-19 patients once again were being put in beds in hallways due to a surge in visits.

For many hospital workers, up until a month ago, it looked like there was light at the end of the tunnel, as people got vaccinated and hospitalizations decreased. But then the summer surge, powered by the new delta variant, hit Florida in July.

“That light did turn out to be a train in this case,” Marsha Tittle, a nursing manager at UF Health North, told The Florida Times Union. “We’re taking more patients than we normally would take. … My staff is wonderful. You walk out there, they’re going to have smiles on their faces and they’re doing a great job. But there’s a sense of defeat, like they’re just defeated.”

© 2021 The Canadian Press

COVID-19: New Brunswick reporting 18 new cases, majority in Moncton region

New Brunswick is reporting 18 new cases — most of them in the Moncton region.

The cases stem over a two-day reporting period spanning Saturday and Sunday.

According to health officials, 17 of the cases are in Zone 1 (Moncton region) involving people aged under 19 to their 40s. The majority of these cases — 11 of them — are among people in their 20s.

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Nine of those cases are close contacts of previously-reported cases, six cases are under investigation and two are travel-related.

The single case in Zone 2 (Saint John region is a person in their 20s and is travel-related.

This brings the province’s active case number to 37. No one is currently hospitalized.

The recently-updated list of possible exposure locations includes several Moncton bars and restaurants, as well as a Maritime Bus Coach trip from Moncton to Fredericton on July 26. As well, exposure notices were released for five bars and restaurants in Saint John on the night of July 27.

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On Saturday, the province lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, including all gathering limits, masking mandates and social distancing rules.

Last week, both Premier Blaine Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, told Global News they were comfortable with not renewing the mandatory order.

“No hospitalization, case counts in the younger population and no one that’s really sick in that sense? You can’t justify staying under an emergency order,” said Higgs.

Meanwhile, Russell said the province’s current epidemiology meant the move was safe, despite the fact the Delta variant is spreading elsewhere in the country. She said she did expect cases to eventually increase in New Brunswick.

“New Brunswick has always been focused on the data and the research. And right now, our data in this province for cases and hospitalizations is extremely low,” she said.

“In our vaccine, rates continue to increase. So it’s always about balancing risks and with public health measures is always important to balance the risk and the mitigation.”

Currently, 67.9 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated, and 82.3 per cent have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

All eligible New Brunswickers can now book their second doses for a date that is at least 28 days after their first dose. As well, there are walk-in clinics available. 

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Man possibly drowned in the waters of Lac Nominingue

A man probably drowned on Sunday morning in the waters of Lac Nominingue, in the Laurentians, when the canoe he was in capsized.

Police officers from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) said they received a call around 9:30 a.m. for a capsized canoe with two men on board, in Nominingue.

One of the two men would have managed to swim back to shore contact the emergency services, but the second “did not resurface,” Béatrice Dorsainville, a spokesperson for the SQ, told The Canadian Press.

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Firefighters are on site with boats as well as nautical teams from the SQ. Police officers patrol the banks in the area. An investigator was dispatched to the scene.

Police were unable to confirm around noon whether the missing man was wearing a life jacket, but “it can be assumed that he was not wearing it since he has not resurfaced,” replied Sergeant Dorsainville.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Ontario man drowns in Alberta lake during Ironman triathlon

A 47-year-old Ontario man is dead after drowning during the Ironman 70.3 Calgary triathlon at Harmony Lake in Rocky View County, Alta., on Sunday, according to RCMP.

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At around 8 a.m., RCMP received a report of the drowning.

Race volunteers pulled the competitor from the water, started CPR and called EMS, Mounties said.

“The patient was indeed already in critical, life-threatening condition when he had been removed from the water, unfortunately,” EMS said.

The victim died at the scene.

An Ontario man drowned during the Ironman triathlon in Alberta on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021.

An Ontario man drowned during the Ironman triathlon in Alberta on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021.

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Recipe: Curried turkey salad with chilled grapes and toasted almonds

Turkey is not just a Thanksgiving or Christmas protein, it is delicious in all seasons, this one is a warm weather winner.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh Canadian turkey breast
  • 4 cups turkey stock, or enough to cover the turkey entirely
  • 3/4 cup good mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chutney, (if it is chunky, chop it finely)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Pinch cumin
  • 2 large celery stalks sliced thin on the diagonal
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2/3 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1 head of butter lettuce
  • Snipped chives for garnish

Method

  1. Cut the turkey breast in half lengthwise, try to be as even as possible to promote even poaching.
  2. Bring the stock to a boil, carefully slide the turkey into the poaching liquid ensuring it is completely submerged in the stock. Bring to a boil then immediately turn down to a simmer and cover until cooked through. The internal temperature should read 170 F to be cooked.
  3. Remove from the poaching liquid and transfer to a tray to cool. Discard the poaching liquid.
  4. While the turkey is cooling, In a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients, mix together the mayo, chutney, curry powder and cumin, stir to combine.
  5. Cube the cooled turkey and add to the bowl, stir well to coat all the turkey, then add the celery, grapes and cilantro. Gently mix to combine. Taste for seasoning at this point and adjust.
  6. Gently peel off butter lettuce cups and place on your serving platter. Fill with the turkey mixture, top with the toasted almonds and snipped chives.

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B.C.'s 2021 wildfires have now burned more than half a million hectares

Wildfire dangers are causing immense stress for residents of British Columbia's interior, as the flames continue to threaten homes and uproot lives. Lauren Pullen reports on one woman's dangerous close call with the fires near her home.

British Columbia appears on track for another potentially record-setting wildfire season.

As of Aug. 1, the 1,275 fires recorded in the 2021 season had scorched more a total of 501,676 hectares (5,016 square kilometers) of land.

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That’s in comparison to just 12,536 burned in 2020, and the whopping 1,354,384 burned in 2018 — B.C.’s worst fire season on record.

The 2021 season has also already eclipsed the 10-year average for hectares burned of just under 349,000 hectares.

On Sunday, crews were battling 241 active fires across the province, several of which were showing intense fire activity, the BC Wildfire Service said.

The Garrison Lake wildfire, burning 33 kilometres southwest of Princeton and at the edge of E.C. Manning Park was one of those fires challenging crews.

The BC Wildfire Service said it had shown “significant growth” in the last 24 hours, and was last mapped at 8,175 hectares in size.

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On Saturday night, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen issued an evacuation order for 156 properties in the Eastgate area of Electoral Area H due to the fire.

The wildfire service said it had deployed aircraft and structural protection crews to the fire, but heavy smoke was creating visibility issues.

High winds have also whipped the fire up, it said.

The communities of Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay on Shushwap Lake were also ordered to evacuate on Saturday, due to growth of the Crazy Creek Gorge FSR fire.

That fire is burning 29 kilometres north of Sicamous, and was last estimated at 1,700 hectares in size, but fire officials say heavy smoke have prevented them from accurately mapping it.

Structural protection teams were on site, and forestry crews were looking at the fire’s north side for ways to contain it. Thick smoke was also interfering with aircraft on this fire.

As of Sunday, 61 evacuation orders remained active across the province, affecting more than 3,100 properties. Residents of another 18,835 properties had been warned to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

There were 3,230 firefighters and personnel were battling the fires, including 301 form out of province.

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Eastgate community near Princeton, B.C., evacuated, travel advisory issued for Highway 3

Residents in the small recreational community of Eastgate, southwest of Princeton in B.C.’s Southern Interior, were forced to flee their homes on Saturday night due to a wildfire.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen issued the evacuation order for more than 100 properties on Saturday evening due to the Garrison Lake wildfire in electoral area H.

RCMP and search and rescue expedited notifications to clear people from the area.

The full list of impacted properties can be found on the RDOS website.

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The evacuation order does not include the Manning Park Resort and area campgrounds, the RDOS said.

They include properties along Highway 3, Garret Road, Bonnevier Road, Thistle Road, Rivers End, Towers Road, Airstrip Road, Lupine Road and Garrett Circle.

All evacuees are asked to register online with the Emergency Support Services (ESS) Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA) tool even if you do not require referrals such as housing or other services: ess.gov.bc.ca

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Due to a shortage of hotel accommodations, people displaced are urged to stay with family and friends.

The BC Wildfire Service recommended the community of Eastgate, near Princeton, B.C., be evacuated on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

The BC Wildfire Service recommended the community of Eastgate, near Princeton, B.C., be evacuated on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

Courtesy: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Those who require services can visit the ESS Reception Centre at Chilliwack Secondary School.

The Eastgate community contains approximately 100 cabins and is located alongside the Similkameen River and EC Manning Provincial Park, approximately 55 kilometres southwest of Princeton.

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According to the BC Wildfire Service, the nearby Garrison Lake wildfire, first discovered on July 23, has grown to 8,175 hectares in size.

Fire officials report significant growth over the past 24 hours and aerial resources and ground personnel are involved in the firefight.

“Heavy smoke in the area has resulted in visibility issues for aircraft, and aggressive fire behaviour is occurring on-site due to heavy winds,” a Saturday update said.

“BC Parks has been notified about this fire as it has moved slightly into Manning Park.”

B.C.’s transportation ministry has issued a travel advisory along Highway 3 between Manning Park and Princeton due to limited visibility caused by wildfire smoke.

The road is open to traffic but motorists should drive with caution between Manning Park Resort and Frontage Road for 64 kilometres, the advisory stated. 

Another 30-hectare wildfire, called the Fat Dog Creek wildfire, is also burning in Manning Park.

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Man injured in armed assault at Angrignon Park

A man was injured during an armed assault on Saturday evening in the parking lot of a park in the Le Sud-Ouest borough in Montreal.

Several calls  to 911 around 9:30 p.m. reported what looked like a fight in Angrignon Park, near boulevards de la Vérendrye and des Trinitaires.

When the police arrived, the suspect had fled. However, they found the victim, a 53-year-old man, with an injured upper body.

“He was conscious and injured in the upper body by a sharp object,” said officer Caroline Chèvrefils, spokesperson for the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

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The man was conscious during his transport to the hospital and there is no fear for his life.

“The circumstances of this assault are currently unknown. The scene has been protected for investigators as well as forensic identity technicians so that they can analyze the scene and try to understand the exact circumstances of this assault,” said specified Agent Chèvrefils.

Witnesses were met by the police, but there were no arrests.

The SPVM investigation is continuing.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

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