Ski hill accident kills 22-year-old man in Quebec’s Lac-Saint-Jean region – Montreal


A 22-year-old man is dead following a fall at a ski hill in Quebec’s Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Quebec provincial police say the accident occurred Friday afternoon when the victim tried to do a jump at a snow park in Hebertville, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City.

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The man, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken to hospital but did not survive.

Police are investigating the incident.

The death comes less than 48 hours after a 15-year-old girl died after attempting a jump from a ski chairlift Wednesday night in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec.

READ MORE: Val-d’Or teen died after attempted jump from ski chairlift: Quebec police


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Barn fire kills 1,300 pigs in eastern Ontario


A massive fire consumed a pig barn in Quinte West, Ont., Tuesday, killing at least 1,300 animals.

The community’s fire Chief John Whelan said they got the call around 1 p.m. and quickly called in resources from neighbouring communities to help battle the blaze. Quinte West is about 100 kilometres west of Kingston, Ont.

Whelan said firefighters did their best when they arrived to get the animals out.

« We did what we could, I had crews inside trying to get the sows and the piglets out, » he said.

Firefighter Taylor Wardaugh rescues a piglet. (Submitted by John Whelan)

Whelan said about 100 animals were rescued from the blaze, but the structure became unsafe and he had to get firefighters out of harm’s way and couldn’t save any more animals.   

« It was hard to deal with; we heard a lot of the animals screeching and crying, » he said. « That’s very tragic, because a lot of us are animal lovers. »

He said there were 1,400 to 1,500 animals in the building. The fire appears to have been accidental, involving an electrical short. The Ontario Fire Marshal was being called to investigate, because of the scale of the fire. The damage is estimated at over $1 million, Whelan said. ​

He said no one was hurt, and he credited his firefighters for the rescues they did make and for preventing the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.


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‘What’s our new normal?’: Ontario student escapes California wildfire after mass shooting kills classmate


As a cloud of devastation hung over the heads of students at Pepperdine University following a mass shooting which killed one of their own, a literal « orange glow » made its way toward the school.

Marlee Hewitt, a Windsor, Ont. native currently studying at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., landed in Detroit, Mich. Monday evening following a harrowing few days, after severe fires sparked near Paradise, which sits on the north-end of California. A second blaze emerged in and around Malibu.

She said the whirlwind of events started Friday, when she was informed by her residence advisor that she and everyone at the school would have to leave the campus immediately.

A friend of Hewitt’s sent her this photo of the wildfire overlooking California’s Pepperdine University. (Marlee Hewitt)

« They brought us down to the fieldhouse where I met up with another friend. We were looking at this plume of smoke coming towards campus, » said Hewitt, adding she had to quickly decide whether to escape or seek shelter on campus overnight.

She said she decided to leave, while many of her friends elected to stay.

« It was a very, very emotional time, very hard. It’s been quite a whirlwind. »

A member of the Sacramento County Coroner’s office looks for human remains in the rubble of a house burned at the Camp Fire, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (John Locher/Associated Press)

From campus, Hewitt was able to get to a friend’s house, where the two monitored news and looked at photos of the fire which were sent to them by other friends from the university.

« At first, they couldn’t see flames but they could see the orange glow of the fire coming toward them and I think that’s when people started to get very freaked out, » said Hewitt.

« It was obviously very hard for me watching the news and getting these pictures, worrying about my friends who were there. I was very worried for them. »

‘What’s our new normal?’

Reports of the wildfire emerged one day after a gunman entered a Southern California bar Wednesday night and shot and killed 12 people, including a sheriff’s sergeant, before turning the gun on himself.

Hewitt said the community at Pepperdine University is « very, very tiny » and everyone was left with a feeling of « melancholy. »

« It hung over everybody. Everyone, kind of, knows each other, So we had a prayer service and that’s when we heard of the news that a fellow classmate, Alaina, had passed away. »

People attend the procession for the Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, who was shot and killed in a mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, U.S., November 8, 2018. (Ringo Chiu/Reuters)

« And then to have this fire, it’s just been quite tolling on everyone’s emotions. »

She said it’s going to take a while for students at Pepperdine University to heal, adding the question of « what’s our new normal? » has been discussed among the school community.

« We’ll have to see what that’s like when we head back to campus. »

Father grateful for his daughter’s safety

Jeff Hewitt, Marlee’s father who lives in Windsor, had spent the entirety of Friday exchanging text messages with her daughter to ensure she was safe.

He said panic started setting in when cell phone service went down in California.

« She couldn’t text us. We couldn’t call her. And it was like, ‘Okay, what is happening?' » said Hewitt, adding it wasn’t until her daughter fled the Malibu area entirely that they were able to exchange messages again.

Jeff Hewitt, who picked up his daughter from the Detroit airport Monday night, says it was to see how the fire’s progression while being so far away from her. (Arms Bumanlag/CBC)

He added being so far away from his daughter during two « disasters » was a trying time for him, but is optimistic knowing his daughter’s safe. »

« Being 3,200 kilometeres away doesn’t make it any ea​sier, but everything’s going to turn out just fine. »

Marlee hopes to return to California after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. For now, she’ll be continuing her studies online.

The wildfire has left 42 confirmed deaths in its wake and hundreds of people unaccounted for.


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New Indonesia quake kills 3 in Java village, shakes Bali


PALU, Indonesia – An earthquake collapsed homes on Indonesia’s Java island, killing at least three people, and shook the tourist hotspot of Bali on Thursday, two weeks after a major quake-tsunami disaster in a central region of the archipelago.

Indonesia’s disaster agency said the nighttime quake was centred at sea, 55 kilometres northeast of Situbondo city, and also felt in Lombok. The U.S. Geological Survey said it had a 6.0 magnitude.

At least three people were killed as a shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Java and Bali islands, a government official said.
At least three people were killed as a shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Java and Bali islands, a government official said.  (HANDOUT / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The agency said the worst affected area was in Sumenep district, East Java where three people died in one village and several homes were damaged.

It said « the earthquake was felt quite strongly by people in Sumenep and Situbondo for 2-5 seconds. People poured out of their houses. In other areas the earthquake was felt to be moderate. »

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are holding annual meetings on Bali through Sunday.

Some tourists and residents on Bali went outdoors as a precaution but then back to sleep when there was no tsunami warning.

The country is still working to recover from the earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people and left perhaps thousands more buried deeply in mud in some neighbourhoods of Palu city in central Sulawesi.

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Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Wednesday the death toll from the double disaster on Sept. 28 has risen to 2,045, with most of the fatalities in the coastal city of Palu. More than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced, he said.

Possibly 5,000 people were buried in places where the earthquake caused liquefaction, a phenomenon where wet soil weakens and collapses, becoming mud that sucks houses and everything else into the ground in a quicksand-like effect. Stretches of the coastline were trashed by the tsunami that Nugroho said had waves up to 11 metres high.

The official search for bodies will end Thursday with mass prayers in hard-hit neighbourhoods, but Nugroho said volunteers and family members can continue searching. Memorials will be constructed in hard-hit neighbourhoods such as Balaroa and Petobo, he said at a news conference in Jakarta.

« People are traumatized. They don’t want to go back » to those places, Nugroho said. « They asked to be relocated to another place and a house made for them. »

After making a rare appeal for international assistance, Indonesia is now trying to limit foreign involvement in the disaster relief effort. Nugroho said there’s no need for international aid other than the four priorities identified by Indonesia — tents, water treatment units, generators and transport.

The disaster agency has circulated guidelines that say foreign aid workers can be in the field only with Indonesian partners. Groups that sent foreign personnel to the disaster zone are « advised to retrieve their personnel immediately, » according to those guidelines.


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