Downtown Edmonton fire prompts lane closure on Jasper Avenue – Edmonton

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Firefighters closed a lane of downtown Edmonton’s Jasper Avenue on Wednesday night after a fire broke out in a commercial space.

A Global News crew was at the scene at Jasper Avenue and 108 Street just before 7:30 p.m. and it appeared the fire broke out at Spa Shoe Repair.

Firefighters were seen throwing a chair through the business’ glass door to gain access to the building. Smoke was visible at neighbouring businesses as well.

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One lane of westbound Jasper Avenue was closed between 106 Street and 107 Street as firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

Firefighters could be seen tearing apart the roof in an attempt to get at the blaze.

About eight fire trucks were at the scene as of about 7:30 p.m.

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Fire blazing through building in Montreal North – Montreal

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A building fire in Montreal North could cause power outages, according to Montreal’s fire department.

Residents are being asked to avoid the area near Jean-Meunier Avenue, which is an industrial area.

Ian Ritchie, Montreal fire department chief of operations, said the fire started in a garage and has gone through the roof.

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Firefighters rescue several people from Hamilton house fire – Hamilton

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Several tenants of a downtown Hamilton apartment building have been rescued by firefighters.

Fire crews were called to a two-and-a-half storey residence at 86 Wellington Street South just before midnight Friday where they encountered heavy smoke and fire on the first and second floor.


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Deputy Fire Chief John Verbeek says the tenants in the ground floor apartments had already evacuated the house by the time firefighters arrived on scene but he says there were still tenants on the upper floors.

The remaining tenants were rescued and five were treated at the scene by paramedics. One tenant was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Verbeek says five dogs were also rescued from the building, however, one did not survive.

Damage is estimated at $295,000.

The Ontario Fire Marshall is investigating the cause.

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3 dead, 11 in hospital after overnight apartment fire in Longueuil

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Three people are dead after an overnight apartment fire in Longueuil on Montreal’s South Shore.

Firefighters received a call around 1 a.m. about visible flames on Toulouse Street.

When they arrived, extra alarms were sounded because flames were coming from the basement and the first floor.

At first, the fire was too intense to get past the second floor, Longueuil firefighters say.

They evacuated the rest of the building first. When they were finally able to get to the third floor, they found three people unconscious and got them out, too.

Firefighters attempted to revive the three victims, who were taken to hospital where they were later pronounced dead.

In total, 80 firefighters were on site to control the blaze. (Radio-Canada)

Eleven people remain in hospital. Most suffered minor injuries such as burns, smoke inhalation and fractures from jumping from the balcony.

Firefighters said they expected the fire to be under control by early Saturday. 

In total, 80 firefighters were on site to fight the blaze. 

The cause of the fire remains unknown, as do the identities of the victims. 

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Mill fire near Enderby – Okanagan

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Enderby residents reported a nearby mill on fire Monday evening.

It’s on Highway 97a near the drive-in movie theatre, approximately three kilometres south of Enderby.

Photos from the scene showed smoke billowing with a “South Enderby Boards” sign in the forefront.

According to the business’ website, the company specializes in custom-cut fir, cedar, spruce and pine products.

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Fire on Grant Avenue Sends two to hospital – Winnipeg

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A fire broke out in an apartment complex on Grant Avenue near Cambridge Street early Sunday morning.

Shortly after crews arrived at 5:17 a.m. they discovered smoke and a fire in the basement suite of the building.


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Within 20 minutes the blaze was under control, said a City of Winnipeg spokesperson.

Two people found inside the suite were treated for smoke inhalation and brought to the hospital in unstable condition.


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The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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Flawed system: Canada’s family reunification program comes under fire – Montreal

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Nivin Zaim dreams of the day her father can move to Canada permanently.

He lives in Denmark, and the 23-year-old flight attendant only sees him once a year.

“He feels life is too short and too precious. And it’s difficult for him to be away from me,” said Zaim, who was born in Denmark but has lived in Montreal with her mother since she was seven.

“Imagine only getting to see your parents once a year. It’s tough, it’s really tough.”

Zaim got excited when she heard about the government’s parent and grandparent sponsorship program. The program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to apply to bring their grandparents and parents to Canada as permanent residents.


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To apply this year, the government turned to an online application process, open at noon on January 28th.

Zaim took the day off work to submit the application. But she never got a chance to actually do that.

She tried logging in at noon, but the application form was nowhere to be found on the Immigration Canada website.

Within minutes, a notice popped up, informing her the application process had closed.

“I could not believe it. I thought surely it was a glitch. I didn’t understand what was going on,” a frustrated Zaim said. “Why is it the system isn’t fair for everyone? Isn’t that something we pride ourselves on, fairness and equality?”

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Immigration Canada told Global News more than 100,000 people tried accessing the application form on Monday. Only 27,000 succeeded.

In a statement, press secretary Mathieu Genest told Global News:

“We understand that those who were not able to make a submission are disappointed. The Parents and Grandparents program has always been popular….Which is why we quadrupled the intake of applications to 20,000 from 5,000 under the Conservative government.”

Last year, the Trudeau government held a randomized lottery to apply for the program, which also came under heavy criticism for being unfair.

This year, the government changed the system to a first-come, first-served format.


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Genest said older systems also came under criticism.

“Under the Conservatives, the process favoured those who could pay courier companies to submit application at local offices.  In response to feedback about this practice, IRCC moved to a random selection process,” Genest wrote. “After extensive consultations and hearing directly from Canadians across the country, we implemented this first come first serve online system to ensure it was fair and created safeguards to ensure the system is not abused.”

Thousands of Canadians who couldn’t access the system complained online on social media. Some are starting a petition to complain about the process.

Experts admit the system’s isn’t perfect.

“Any system to some extent is going to be flawed, in that all the people who want to come in are not all going to be satisfied,” said immigration lawyer David Cohen.

Immigration Canada says relatives can still apply for “Super Visas,” allowing them to stay for two years.

But they won’t have access to health insurance or employment.

“It’s not necessarily because someone is in a dire situation that they want to come to Canada.”

Zaim said she’s already looking ahead to next year, when she hopes, at the very least, she can get her application submitted.

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Calgary house fire claims lives of cat and hamster, displaces 4 people – Calgary

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Two animals are dead and four people have been displaced after a fire ripped through a home in southwest Calgary late Thursday afternoon.

The Calgary Fire Department said firefighters were called to a blaze in the 100-block of Oakhampton Place S.W. just before 4:30 p.m.

“The call came to dispatch from the homeowner, who was met with smoke at their front entrance,” the fire department said in a news release. “Upon entry through the front door, fire crews encountered smoke and high heat. Firefighters then initiated an aggressive interior search to locate the seat of the fire.


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The fire department said fire attack crews made their way to the basement of the home where they discovered the source of the flames and quickly put out the blaze.

No humans were home at the time of the blaze and no firefighters were injured. However, two animals died as a result of the fire.

“Due to the high heat and smoke, a cat and hamster perished,” the CFD said. “Firefighters performed CPR on the cat, but despite these efforts, were not able to revive the animal.”

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Smoke alarms were activated, the CFD said.


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According to fire department officials, the damage to the home means two adults and two children will need to find somewhere else to sleep. They did not say how long they would be displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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St. Thomas nursing home fire injures 7 people, more than 40 displaced

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A fire at a St. Thomas, Ont., nursing home has injured several people, paramedics say.

Emergency crews were called to Caressant Care Bonnie Place around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A bedroom was fully involved, said Bill Todd, Chief Fire Prevention Officer of St Thomas Fire Department.


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One resident was critically hurt and three others had serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Two staff members and a firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital. They have since been treated and released.

Forty-one residents were displaced by the fire. Some were moved to unaffected areas of the building, while others were relocated to nearby nursing homes, Todd said.

Paramedics from across the region and neighbouring areas assisted, a spokesperson for Medavie EMS Elgin told Global News.

The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating.

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Chilliwack fire crews fight two residential blazes – BC

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Chilliwack firefighters were kept busy with two residential fires on Saturday.

At about 12:10 pm, the Chilliwack Fire Department was alerted to a fire at a single storey residence in the 9300 block of Broadway.

Crews quickly brought that blaze under control and managed to keep it from spreading from a single bedroom.

The entire home, however, was extensively damaged by smoke and heat.

Two family dogs are credited with alerting the home’s four occupants to the fire, and they all made it out safely.

The cause is under investigation, though firefighters note the home did not have working fire alarms.

Then, just eight minutes after arriving at the Broadway fire, crews were alerted to another residential fire in the 45000 block of Reece Avenue.

Arriving crews found a small amount amount of smoke and flame coming from the exterior of the home near the roof.

That fire too was quickly put out. No one was hurt.

Damage was limited to a small area outside the home near the electrical service.

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