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All rail cars cleared from Highway 11 following derailment, fire department says

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The Saskatoon Fire Department says all the train cars involved in Tuesday’s derailment have been cleared from Highway 11, just north of the city.

Canadian National Railway workers are continuing to repair the section of damaged track along the highway this morning.

By Wednesday evening, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways had inspected the repaired the track had reopened the northbound lanes of Highway 11. The southbound lane reopened earlier, on Wednesday morning.

 

By early Wednesday, CN had a fleet of heavy equipment, including semi-trailers, out at the crash site, with flood lights and a chain-link fence set up nearby to create a makeshift construction site. 

Saskatoon assistant fire chief Wayne Rodger was unsure how many railcars had to be cleared off the track.

« All I’m aware of is that there was 30 that left the track. And they were pretty much kind of accordioned side by side all across the roadway, » he said.

He said he’s never responded to a derailment of this magnitude, and he hadn’t expected CN to get as far as they had in the first 24 hours after the crash.

Flood lights, heavy equipment, semis and other contractors were making quick work of highway clean-up on site at the CN train derailment outside Saskatoon on Tuesday, January 23, 2019. (Chelsea Laskowski/CBC News)

Railcars are still along the roadside, which will be the next cleanup priority once the highway is open.

The makeshift fix to get traffic flowing again included replacing the rail tracks and laying down gravel and rock to secure them down, Rodger said.

Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene on Tuesday night and are in the process of gathering information on the derailment. 

The train was hauling grain along a CN line near Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Road.

The Fire Department received the call around 9:26 a.m. CST and found a locomotive leaking diesel and on fire. The fire department said 30 of the train’s 52 cars were derailed.

No one was hurt in the derailment and shortly after the crash CN said there was no danger to the public, as no dangerous goods were being hauled. 

A CN train hauling grain derailed and later caught fire just north of Saskatoon on Jan. 22, 2019. (Credit Braden Rein) 0:16

Sheryl Spence, the mayor of nearby Warman, said she was shocked to hear that the train had derailed but relieved when she learned no hazardous materials were spilled and that everyone was safe.

« I think we all just need to be patient. We need to be thankful and grateful that there was no injuries and that it’s being cleaned up so quickly. »

Spence said that emergency crews in her city were well prepared for the derailment.

Last week, Warman’s Emergency Measures Operation team had a workshop on how to handle a train derailment.

In addition, Spence said the Warman Fire Rescue had recently completed CN sponsored training in Colorado on how to deal with train derailment.

« It was very timely. »



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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