Firefighters rescue several people from Hamilton house fire – Hamilton


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.

Investigation underway into cause of house fire in east Hamilton

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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Missing snowmobiler, 68, dies after rescue on Northern Peninsula


A missing snowmobiler found Monday afternoon after a days-long search on the Northern Peninsula has died, RCMP confirm.

The 68-year-old and another snowmobiler were separated from their party of five late Friday afternoon, prompting search crews to scour the area between Jackson’s Arm and Harbour Deep.

On Monday afternoon, a search helicopter found the man alive in a forested area and transported him to hospital in Corner Brook.

But later that day, the man died.

The other snowmobiler, Stan Rice, 64, was found on Sunday afternoon and is recovering in hospital in Corner Brook.

Both men were riding in the popular back country area with three other friends, all of whom are experienced snowmobilers, said Ruth Rice, Stan Rice’s wife.

RCMP, ground search teams, and air crews were all dispatched to help with the search.

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North Shore SAR uses helicopter in first rescue of 2019 – BC


North Shore Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to their first call of 2019 on Monday.

A man got lost on Grouse Mountain just west of the BCMC Trail and had to call for help.

A spokesperson for North Shore SAR said that because of the nature of the terrain, the man was rescued by helicopter.

“The helicopter managed to basically gear up, pick him up and get him out literally just a few moments before it got dark,” Greg Miller said.

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The man was cold but uninjured.

Miller said the incident is a reminder that the days are usually shorter than you think they are, and a flashlight is always a good idea to bring along on outdoor excursions.

In 2018, the North Shore SAR had a record-breaking 142 calls.

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New Brunswick woman starts animal rescue organization in Saint Lucia


A New Brunswick woman who packed up her life and headed off to the Caribbean to help rescue animals is home for Christmas and sharing her stories.

Charlene Penney, who is from Riverview, N.B., is a huge animal lover.

She’s not a fan of the cold weather, either, which is why she chose to move to Saint Lucia with her fiance Yasha Troubetzkoy in 2010.

READ: New Brunswick brew helps find homes for shelter animals

For several years now, Penney has been working to rescue dogs and cats in the island nation before finding them new homes.

“You see a lot of animals in the streets, in the gutters, dogs getting hit by cars, puppies in the road. So it is definitely a different lifestyle,” she said.

In 2014, she launched Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia or Helpaws. The organization has adopted out more than 400 animals in the past year, as well as offered free spay and neuter clinics for people who can’t afford them.

READ: Pets being rescued from evacuated homes in New Brunswick flood

“I just kind of started rescuing dogs and cats. I mean, they really just found me, they would show up at our gate,” she said.

After Helpaws rehabilitates the animals, many are sent on a flight to Toronto to meet their new families, which have been approved for adoption.

Penney’s father, Glenn, says he’s proud of everything she’s accomplished.

“To nurture them back to the conditions that they were in, to a healthy puppy or kitten, and to see the love and kindness that she’s shown them is remarkable — very proud of the work that she does,” he said.

With files from Callum Smith

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Alberta Animal Rescue Society says man who ‘found’ 15 cats misled them


A Calgary animal rescue is calling it “an act of desperation.”

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) says they were contacted by a man who claimed to have found two plastic bins with more than a dozen cats inside.

Now, they said, he’s “recanted his statement.”

He originally told the group that he had found two Rubbermaid bins on Thursday, sealed with duct tape with air holes drilled into them. The discovery was apparently made by the railroad tracks near Stettler.

Deanna Thompson with AARCS says they were shocked to learn that wasn’t true.

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“The cats were owned by a family member that was unable to care for the cats,” Thompson said. “[There was] a large number of cats in the home with children, etc., and he wanted to help out. [He] couldn’t find anywhere for the cats to go, so he made up the story.”

She says the organization now believes the cats were transported in the bins between homes, but that the animals were not trapped in them for an extended period of time.

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While the reaction to the news on social media has been mixed, Thompson says she believes the man is genuinely sorry.

“He really wanted to be able to help the cats and help his family,” Thompson said. “He was desperate. I don’t think he believed that it would blow up to this extent. When he heard it on the radio in the morning he said he just felt sick to his stomach and eventually came forward to say that it wasn’t true.”

The Alberta SPCA has confirmed their investigation is continuing, but spokesperson Dan Kobe says it’s unclear how long that process could take. Kobe also explained that while the Animal Protection Act in Alberta does outline rules against obstructing their officers, there is nothing specific to falsifying a report.

Thompson says she is thankful that the animals are now in their care, but says there is an ongoing issue with the animal population not just in Alberta, but right across the country.

“We have a crisis on our hands with cats. They reproduce so quickly and they don’t hold the same value for society,” Thompson said. “So, investing in spay and neuter for some people is unattainable or just something they don’t want to spend money on.

“It’s causing a problem,” Thompson continued. “People will let animals have just one litter and then they’ll find homes for the kittens. Well, those kittens go on to have more kittens and more kittens and there just is not enough homes.”

READ MORE: Calgary animal shelter issues plea as it hits capacity with stray cats and dogs

Thompson says there are a few programs that will provide spaying and neutering services at reduced rates, but those are concentrated in the major centres around Alberta. She thinks more effort to bring those services to rural communities is needed.

The 15 cats that were discovered will remain in the care of AARCS until the Alberta SPCA determines what is next.

Thompson says one of the adult cats appears to be pregnant, so they could have another litter of kittens to deal with. Otherwise, the cats and kittens currently in their care are being treated for some minor medical issued, but are “well on their way to recovery.”


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Emergency crews deploy drone to rescue 2 young people near Rocky Mountain House


Two young people became stranded in a remote and heavily wooded area near Rocky Mountain House, Alta., on Friday.

According to police, the pair were riding an ATV when it became stuck in muskeg.

They had travelled southwest of Highway 11 near the Saunders-Alexo area, which was a distance away from their campsite at Shunda Viewpoint.

Police said the youths were not prepared to spend the night outdoors.

Emergency crews were called in to begin a ground search along with search and rescue workers.

Fire rescue officials deployed a thermal drone, which led them to the stranded young people.

The pair were rescued from a heavily wooded area and returned to their families at the campsite without injury.

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