Digital odometer tampering ‘being done more often than not’: expert – Halifax

Written by admin on 15/11/2018 Categories: 长沙夜网

A Nova Scotia Community College instructor has been called as an expert witness three times in the past two years for alleged digital odometer tampering in the province.

“If it’s possible, I’m sure it’s being done more often than not,” said Dave Giles, an automotive instructor. “It’s not as difficult as it used to be.”

Two of the cases involved private sales while the other involved a dealership, he said.

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READ MORE: At least 15 victims involved in odometer fraud: Calgary police

The instrument can be tampered with using an odometer correction tool, which can be purchased online for as low as $50 and plugs into the data link connector in cars.

Giles said it’s relatively easy to use the tool to tamper with an odometer.

“RCMP in Nova Scotia have seen a very limited number of cases involving odometers being tampered with digital devices,” said Cst. Mark Skinner, a media relations officer for Halifax District RCMP.

Doing so could meet the definition of fraud under in the Criminal Code of Canada, he added.

While the devices are legal, using them to scam someone isn’t.

“Penalties could range a fine to time in jail,” he said.

John Sutherland, the executive vice president of the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association, said he hasn’t heard of any instance of digital odometer tampering in the province.

The association represents new car franchise dealers, who also sell used cars.

He said nearly half of used cars are sold through private deals.

To prevent getting scammed, he recommended buyers order a car history report prior to purchasing.

“That gives you a little bit of background on the vehicle,” said Sutherland, adding that it would show which show prior odometer numbers.

Despite the easiness of the tool, there are several other computers in cars that keep track of the numbers, and managing to change them all would not be profitable, said Giles.

Of course, getting caught would probably not be cost-efficient either.

Ultimately, with cars generally lasting longer than in prior decades, mileage isn’t as important as it one was, Giles added.

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EXCLUSIVE: City puts Montreal’s historic Snowdon Theatre up for sale

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MONTREAL – It was a thriving movie theatre for decades, bringing together thousands of Côte-des-Neiges and NDG residents.

Then it served as a permanent home for the Flex-Art gymnastics club.

But more recently, it’s been boarded up and left to deteriorate.

Now, the City of Montreal has put the iconic Snowdon Theatre on the market.

No price has been set; instead, potential buyers need to deposit $10,000 to make an offer.

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    One group that’s interested in taking back the building is Flex-Art.

    The gymnastics club was kicked out three years ago and has since been operating out of temporary locations, most recently the NDG Community Centre.

    Supporters who want to save the theatre argued the city and borough should re-open it to the Flex-Art gymnastics club.

    “I would absolutely love to see the gymnastics facility return to where it should be on the top floor because it was a thriving place where little girls loved to go and do their sport,” Kristian Gravenor, NDG resident, told Global News.

    Flex-Art members argued the borough has not been forthcoming in describing all the renovations that are required.

    Borough officials insisted it would cost at least $3.8 million to renovate the theatre, built in 1932.

    It’s an amount Russell Copeman argued the borough can’t afford.

    Copeman said Flex-Art is welcome to submit a bid to move its club back inside.

    “Even if they bid one dollar, our services downtown will evaluate the various bids that come in and a decision will be made,” he told Global News.

    Bidding on the building may be the best chance Flex-Art has to move back into the historic site.

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4 dead in La Loche, Saskatchewan school shooting

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Four people have been killed in a shooting at a school in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche.

RCMP have confirmed that one male was taken into police custody outside the school and a firearm was seized. Aside from the deceased there are an unknown number of people injured in the shooting.

READ MORE: ‘They were good students’: community mourns La Loche victims at vigil

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The four people killed have been identified as Marie Janvier of La Loche, brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine of La Loche, and Adam Wood of Uxbridge, Ont.

RCMP Chief Supt. Maureen Levy offered little details on the shooting during a news conference in Regina Friday evening.

“We are in the early onset of the investigation and we want to ensure the integrity of the investigation.”

READ MORE: What we know about the victims of the La Loche school shooting

The RCMP are investigating two locations, the local high school and the 300 block of Dene Crescent in La Loche.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan school shooting: What we know about La Loche

La Loche Community School said on its Facebook page there was an emergency situation at the Dene Building and asked the public to stay away while the RCMP investigated.

A STARS air ambulance from Saskatoon was dispatched to the La Loche area, according to the STARS 桑拿会所 account.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke from Davos, Switzerland about the incident, initially reporting that five had been killed.

“I want to thank the first responders who acted quickly and bravely,” Trudeau said.

READ MORE: A history of school shootings in Canada

Premier Brad Wall said in a statement he was shocked by “the horrific events today in La Loche.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and friends and all the people of the community,” Wall said. “Thank you to the RCMP and all the emergency personnel who responded quickly to the shootings.”

According to the school’s Facebook page, La Loche Community School is for pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 students, and houses approximately 900 kids in two buildings.

WATCH: “The country’s heart is breaking for the people of La Loche:” Trudeau on school shooting

Buckley Belanger, the NDP MLA for the area told Global News that the community of La Loche is pulling together to deal with the tragedy.

“La Loche is a great community. They’ve done so many wonderful things and I’ve said to a number of people that the school system in La Loche is a beacon of hope,” Belanger said. “I just pray and I hope everyone prays along with me that everyone else is safe and for those that may have been impacted by this, that there are prayers needed all around.”

“Everybody is just showing tremendous leadership,” Belanger said. “Hopefully when all this is over with, we have the strength to continue the work that’s needed to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Georgina Jolibois, the NDP MP for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River riding, Tweeted she is “praying for those affected by the shooting at La Loche Community School and thinking about my family members who are at the school.”

In a statement Jolibois said the shooting hits close to home.

“As the former mayor of La Loche, I am shocked and saddened by the shooting in the Dene Building at the La Loche Community School in my riding.  The shooting hits close to home for me as my family members attend the school,” Jolibois said.

“The community of La Loche is strong and closely knit. We have faced adversity in the past and we will persevere. My thoughts and prayers are with all students, staff and families affected as we begin on the path of healing as a community.”

La Loche is a remote Dene Nation community of about 3,000 people located roughly 600 kilometres from Saskatoon.

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17-year-old boy faces murder charges after shooting in La Loche, Sask.

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A teenage boy is facing multiple charges after a tragic shooting left four people dead in La Loche, Sask. on Friday. Premier Brad Wall and RCMP provided an update Saturday on the investigation.

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Just after 1 p.m. CT on Friday, La Loche RCMP received several calls from teachers and students in Dene High School. The calls advised police that there was an individual discharging a firearm at people and there were injured individuals inside the school. Around 150 students and staff were in the school at the time of the shooting.

RCMP said they immediately deployed members to the school who, upon arrival, found the front door had damage consistent with a firearm.

READ MORE: Eye-witness accounts of the La Loche school shooting

Once inside the school, one of the responding RCMP members located a male with a firearm who ran further into the building.  RCMP continued searching the school until the armed male was found and taken into custody at gunpoint using verbal commands at around 1:15 p.m. CT. Officers safely secured the loaded firearm.

While members were responding to the school, investigators received additional information indicating there was a deceased person in a residence in the 300-block of Dene Crescent. RCMP responded and found Dayne Fontaine, 17, and Drayden Fontaine, 13, deceased in the residence. Both boys are from La Loche.

FULL COVERAGE: La Loche school shooting

While the search for the suspect was taking place, RCMP initiated their School Action for Emergencies (SAFE) plan and established a safe area for the student’s families to gather. Nine people in the school were found to be suffering with what are believed to be gunshot wounds.  Two of the wounded succumbed to their injuries.

Marie Jaqueline Janvier, 21, was declared dead at the school. She was from La Loche and was a teacher’s aide at the school.

Adam Jacob Wood, 35, was taken to La Loche Health Centre where he was pronounced dead. He was a teacher at the school and was originally from Uxbridge, Ont.

READ MORE: What we know about the victims of the La Loche school shooting

The 17-year-old suspect, who cannot be named as per provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is from La Loche and has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm. He is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday, Jan. 25 in Meadow Lake, Sask.

Seven individuals were taken to the La Loche Health Centre and Hospital for initial treatment. Four patients were airlifted to Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon. The remaining three injured individuals will be taken to RUH when weather conditions permit.

Both scenes remain under police control as specialized investigators gather evidence.

WATCH: RCMP official gives new details in La Loche school shooting

RCMP Superintendent Grant St. Germaine hosted the conference at the court house in La Loche describing how the situation unfolded on Friday.

“The days and weeks ahead will be difficult as we all come to terms with the impact of what happened in our community. This is a very sad and difficult time and no words will take away the pain and sorrow,” said a statement from La Loche RCMP.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our community members and we must get through this together.  We will continue to provide the necessary support to the community and our employees as we mourn the victims.”

Brad Wall also addressed the media on Saturday afternoon.

“The RCMP responded quickly and effectively to apprehend the shooter and ensure the community was safe. The investigation is continuing, obviously, and we need to respect the fact that the investigation is continuing,” Wall said.

WATCH: Premier Brad Wall on La Loche shootings

“Saskatchewan Health and many health professionals in the region responded to this immediate crisis and they would have been seeing things and dealing with things that they simply would have not seen before and not dealt with before. And their response was remarkable and the Province of Saskatchewan thanks them.”

The Saskatchewan Premier is expected to arrive in La Loche around noon on Sunday and meet with community leaders in the early afternoon.

“To have the lives and the futures of these students and staff cut short by this unspeakably horrible event is really, simply unimaginable. It’s unimaginable anywhere. It’s, obviously for us in Saskatchewan, it’s very much hard to believe and surreal right here in our province,” said Wall.

The province says flags have been lowered at the Saskatchewan legislative building and all other government buildings.

Ryan Kessler contributed to this story

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La Loche school shooting: what we know about the victims

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Four people were shot and killed on Friday during a shooting rampage in the remote community of La Loche, Sask.

Police have a suspect in custody, but so far no motivation for the tragedy has been given.

The four people killed have been identified as Marie Janvier of La Loche, brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine of La Loche, and Adam Wood of Uxbridge, Ont.

Here’s what we know about them.

READ MORE: ‘They were good students’: community mourns La Loche victims at vigil 

Marie Janvier

Marie Janvier was one of four people killed in a deadly school shooting in La Loche, Sask. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.


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Janvier was a teacher’s aide at the high school at La Loche Community School. She started working at the school last fall.

“She had a good sense of humour, she smiled a lot,” Chief Ted Clark of the Clearwater River Dene Nation told Global News in a phone interview.

“Nothing bad to say about her… she’s always been good.”

Janvier’s Friend Ashton Lemaige says the woman, in her early 20s, was kind and patient with children and planned to get her teaching
degree someday.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan school shooting: What we know about La Loche

Dayne and Drayden Fontaine

Dayne (L) and Drayden (R) Fontaine were two of the four people killed in a deadly shooting in La Loche, Sask. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.


Drayden Fontaine, 13, and Dayne Fontaine, 17, were brothers. Though they were students at the school, they were killed at a residence nearby.

The mother to both boys, Alicia Fontaine, posted about her grief on Facebook.

“My heart shattered into a million pieces,” she wrote. “So sad I don’t have no more babies.”

A substitute teacher at the high school said though he was only familiar with one of the boys, they were both nice kids.

“The students that have lost their lives [Friday], they were good students.”

READ MORE: A history of school shootings in Canada

Adam Wood

Adam Wood was one of four people killed at a school shooting in La Loche on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.


Wood was a teacher at La Loche community school, but grew up in Uxbridge, Ont. According to a statement from his family, he only started working in La Loche in September.

“Adam was quite an adventurer, had a passion for life, and would often make you laugh until your stomach hurt,” the statement read.

“He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously.

“Adam Wood could put a smile on anyone’s face,” reads a Facebook post from a friend of his. “One of the friendliest and funniest person I knew and certainly will be missed”

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Uxbridge, Ont. teacher among victims in deadly Saskatchewan shooting

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TORONTO – An Uxbridge, Ont. man is among the four victims killed in a shooting in Saskatchewan, his family has confirmed.

Teacher Adam Wood was shot and killed in a deadly rampage in the small town of La Loche on Friday afternoon.

“Our family, Adam’s partner, friends and community are devastated by the news that Adam Wood was a victim in the La Loche shooting,” the family said in a statement.

Wood and fellow La Loche Community School employee Marie Janvier were among the victims in Friday’s shootings which left four dead and an unknown number of others wounded.

WATCH: Friends of Adam Wood remember the Uxbridge, ON teacher who was one of four people killed in a school shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan on Friday

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Friend Jeffrey Jackson said Wood was a funny, “deeply religious” man who used to go door-to-door distributing hundreds of Christmas cards to all his friends in Uxbridge.

“He has lots of friends. He was just a really, really good person that would do anything for anybody. And my initial reaction was, ‘Why him, because he was so good to so many people.’ And you wouldn’t meet a nicer guy ever.”

READ MORE: La Loche school shooting: what we know about the victims

The shootings took place at two locations, first at a residence near the school, then the school itself.

Police arrested a 17-year-old male at the school. He is now charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm. He is expected to make his first court appearance next week.

FULL COVERAGE: La Loche school shooting

“Adam had just begun his teaching career in La Loche last September and was enjoying his time. Adam was quite an adventurer, had a passion for life, and would often make you laugh until your stomach hurt,” the statement said. “He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously.”

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the other victims, the community of La Loche and everyone who is affected by this tragedy.”

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Conditions still deplorable at Downtown Eastside hotel despite warning from city

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After nearly two months in the cold, Mark Enns finally has heat and hot water in his room at the Lion Hotel on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

“Yeah, I can’t believe it,” he said.

Down the hall his neighbour Ronald Kuehlke is not so lucky. His room in the SRO has a blast of heat, but no hot water. “You end up with the choice of one or the other…either we get hot water or we get heat, we don’t get both at the same time,” Kuehlke said.

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When Global News first exposed the conditions inside the notorious hotel last November, tenants had been freezing in their rooms for three weeks during a cold snap. The City of Vancouver ordered the landlord, Abol Abdollahi, to restore the heat and hot water immediately but by law that means within 60 days. At the time, Abdollahi admitted to Global News that the situation was unacceptable.

“But when the heater and boiler fail, what can I do? Fix it? I’m trying, I’m trying,” he said during a November 29th interview last year.

Since then the city has been battling its own Standards of Maintenance bylaw to get the heat back on, bound by the Vancouver Charter and required by law to give 60 days notice before it can take any action on privately-owned property.

WATCH: SRO Fight at DTES Hotel

Outrage builds over SRO that hasn’t had heat for weeks


Outrage builds over SRO that hasn’t had heat for weeks


SRO Fight at DTES Hotel

It’s the frustrating reality for Mohammad Valayati with the SRO Collaborative. The housing advocate has been fighting for the Lion Hotel tenants.

“I think the city has to adopt a more aggressive approach to dealing with the slumlords and more strong words and 60 days for an honest landlord — it’s sufficient time, you know, to fix some minor problems, however when half of the building doesn’t have heat [after] 60 days it just sounds too far-fetched,” he said.

Vancouver’s acting manager, Sadhu Johnston, noted in a staff memo from December 1, 2015 that the city’s hands are tied.

“The Law Department is looking into other possible means of forcing the owner to immediately remedy the situation as well as possible bylaw or Vancouver Charter amendments, which may help to alleviate this type of problem in the future,” he wrote.

“The fact that they would have to wait 60 days indicates that the province needs to be working hard with the city to make sure the city has the powers they need to go in and force those repairs to be made on an urgent basis,” NDP housing critic David Eby said.

Next Tuesday is the 60-day deadline for the landlord to comply and on Wednesday the city will inspect all 70 Lion Hotel rooms. If the order from last November is not met, the city can move in and do repairs at the landlord’s expense.

Meanwhile, some tenants are not optimistic the heat will stay on for long.

“I guarantee you as soon as the inspector’s gone, it’ll be off,” Enns said.

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Striking Chronicle Herald workers receive layoff notices – Halifax

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Unionized employees at the oldest independently-owned newspaper in the country have walked off the job.

Newsroom staff at the Chronicle Herald have been on strike since midnight Friday and vow to stay on the picket lines until workers can get a fair deal.

“Morale seems good,” says Frank Campbell, vice-president of the Halifax Typographical Union (HTU). “We’re sticking together and we’re gonna see this thing through.”

The union represents 61 workers are the Chronicle Herald. They say the company has never budged from its proposals and want to make more than 1,200 changes to their existing contract.

HTU says they had no choice but to strike after their employer notified them they would be imposing working conditions.

“We can’t agree to the contract that they’ve offered so why would we agree to continue to work in those conditions. We were forced to strike. We don’t want to be out here but there was no other option,” says Ingrid Bulmer, HTU President.

“Imposing regressive working conditions is an extremely provocative move and the Herald knew full well that it would result in a strike,” said CWA-SCA Canada staff representative Dave Wilson in a news release. “In my 20 years of negotiating newspaper contracts in Canada, I’ve never seen an employer do this before.”

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The two sides have been without a contract since last November. The Chronicle Herald says the union refused to accept management’s new contract terms, which included working 40 hours per week and journalist pay ranging from $71,000 to $82,000.

18 layoff notices were handed out Saturday morning to photographers, editors and newsroom support staff. The union says they are currently getting their lawyers to examine whether or not it’s legal to layoff workers while they are on strike.

Ian Scott, Chief Operating Officer with the Chronicle Herald, says seven of the laid off staff will be offered new jobs in the company’s centralized production centre, which would be at the same union scale for a minimum of a year. The other workers would receive severance.

“We didn’t want to see anyone laid off,” Scott said in a news release. “The industry is reeling from the effects of online news and declines in ad revenue.”

The union says the Chronicle Herald has contracted out its online work to a company in Ontario, while journalists in New Brunswick will provide content to the paper.

“We have tried to be as compassionate and caring as possible. But the economics of a news business today are excruciating,” said Scott.

The Nova Scotia NDP have said they will not be accepting media requests from the Chronicle Herald while its unionized workers are on strike. They will also not send press releases or submit opinion pieces to the paper.

“We need to stand with the women and men who produce the news we depend on to stay informed about what’s going on in our province,” says NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald. “They are dedicated professionals and deserve to be treated fairly and respected for the important job that they do.”

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‘Sleeping on the interstate’: Hundreds stranded in Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — What was supposed to be a relaxing weekend in Tennessee for Alexx and Kate Bragg turned into a grueling night of frozen gridlock along one of  America’s busiest interstate highways.

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Hundreds of drivers were stuck on I-75 overnight after a massive winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in south central Kentucky, clogging cars and causing multiple crashes that created a 30-mile stretch of shivering passengers. By Saturday morning, I-75 southbound had been cleared and traffic was moving — albeit slowly. Northbound lanes were closed; Kentucky State Police say they anticipate opening them before noon. Trooper Lloyd Cochran said he couldn’t give a figure for number of cars or people affected by the standstill but noted that no injuries were reported.

Kate Bragg was one of the stuck motorists, spending most of the night at mile marker 59 between Livingston and Mount Vernon. She and her husband, Alexx, are from Indiana and were on their way to Tennessee for a getaway weekend when they got stuck. For hours, the only people they saw were salt truck drivers begging motorists to move over so they could exit, refuel and hopefully help clear the roads. At one point, Alexx Bragg tucked in behind a salt truck and followed it on the shoulder, only to get stuck again.

WATCH: Road conditions change rapidly in Kentucky

“We are worried because we are from Indiana, have no concept of where we are and no idea when to anticipate getting out,” Bragg told The Associated Press in an electronic message using 桑拿会所.

Kentucky officials set up shelters for stranded motorists at churches and public schools along the Interstate, but the Braggs were too far away and could not make it to them.

“Emotional breaking point coupled with exhaustion has been met,” Kate Bragg tweeted just after 11 p.m. after spending about eight hours on the highway, later adding: “Sleeping on the interstate… Don’t they normally caution against this?”

Kate Bragg posted on 桑拿会所 that the couple finally got off the interstate at about 2:30 a.m., using online mapping services to find a way around the clogged interstate using side roads that had been plowed.

READ MORE: Millions awake to more snow as blizzard barrels through the States

Traffic was slowly moving slowly Saturday along the 30-mile stretch, from Berea to London, according to Buddy Rogers, spokesman for Kentucky Emergency Management. All local hotels were booked, Cochran said. He described people still stuck on the road, some milling about at exits or leaving their cars to seek out the few stores and restaurants nearby.

About 65 people had taken shelter at the West London Baptist Church Saturday morning, according to Amanda Shotton, disaster program manager for the American Red Cross in Kentucky. She said local grocery stores and restaurants provided food for firefighters to take to stranded motorists who couldn’t reach shelter.

WATCH: Statewide emergency declared in Kentucky

Mariclare Lafferty and her family were on their way home to Hamburg, New York, when they stopped at a hotel in Knoxville to avoid the storm. But they had no heat after their hotel lost power, so they got back on the interstate, only to get stuck for five hours.

“I was very scared, very nervous,” she said. “They don’t plow their roads in Kentucky. We’re from Buffalo, and we’re used to a plow going down the road every 20 minutes. We’re just not used to this here.”

READ MORE: Airlines cancel nearly 5,500 flights due to blizzard

Lafferty said she and her family have been at the West London Baptist Church shelter since about 2 a.m. and plan to stay there for most of the day.

“They’re treating us very well, but we’re very tired,” she said.

This is the second time in less than a year Kentucky drivers have seen major delays because of snow. Last March, thousands of drivers were stuck on I-65 in western Kentucky, some for up to 24 hours, after two feet of snow fell over several days.

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Hydro-Quebec sends over 200 workers to assist storm-battered New York

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MONTREAL – Over 200 Hydro-Quebec linemen are heading to Long Island, New York to help American authorities deal with power outages caused by the major winter storm battering the eastern United States.

The workers were busy Friday making last-minute preparations before setting off on the road.

READ MORE: Millions awake to more snow as blizzard barrels through the States

Hydro-Quebec officials said that they were happy to lend a helping hand. Adding that it was only natural to do so in emergency situations.

“They will help the electricity utility of Long Island in case of power cuts,” said Marc-Antoine Pouliot, spokesperson for Hydro-Quebec in a phone interview. “Typically, it is trees that are falling down on lines, and they have to work to restore power.”

WATCH: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tells businesses to close and send home employees as the snowstorm continues.

In such circumstances, it is the agency requesting assistance that is responsible for covering the costs of the operation.

According to Global News meteorologist Ross Hull, the storm is among the top 10 biggest storms to hit the New York City area.

But American winter storm expert Paul Kocin, who co-wrote a two-volume textbook on blizzards, said that for New York and Washington the storm was looking more like a top five. “It’s a big one,” he said.

The city came to a stand-still on Saturday as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a travel ban, ordering all non-emergency vehicles off the roads by mid-afternoon. Mayor Bill de Blasio urged Broadway theatres and restaurants to close. The city’s commuter rails and above-ground segments of the subway were to shut down too, along with buses.

WATCH BELOW: Blizzard clobbers New York and eastern U.S.

Blizzard dumps snow across eastern U.S.


Blizzard dumps snow across eastern U.S.


New York’s iconic Times Square blanketed in snow


N.Y. Governor declares state of emergency during U.S. blizzard

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Authorities seek 3 inmates – and answers about their escape

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LOS ANGELES – Authorities hunting three dangerous escapees from a maximum-security jail in Southern California called on the public’s help to find them Sunday, offering $50,000 in rewards and saying they still don’t have all the details of the elaborate escape plan.

“We’re exhausting every lead that we currently have,” Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said at an afternoon news conference.

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The three men, including an alleged killer, cut and climbed their way out of the Orange County Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, sometime after the 5 a.m. Friday head count, authorities said. They weren’t discovered missing for some 16 hours.

The men managed to get hold of some tools and cut through a quarter-inch-thick metal screen in a wall between some bunks in a dormitory they shared with more than 60 men, then used plumbing tunnels, cutting through additional half-inch steel bars, before making it to an unguarded area of the roof of the four-story building, removing some razor wire and rappelling down using ropes braided from linens, authorities said.

Photos and surveillance video released by the Sheriff’s Department showed the cut dormitory screen, one of the ropes, and vague video of a flickering light on the roof that’s believed to be from at least one inmate preparing to rappel down the building, Hallock said.

A fight involving other inmates may have been staged to delay the usual 8 p.m. head count and the escape wasn’t noticed until 9 p.m., authorities said.

The inmates include 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who had been held on a $1 million bond since October 2013 on charges of murder, attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. His case is believed to be gang-related.

On Sunday, his mother and sister said they hadn’t heard from him and tearfully pleaded for him to surrender.

“I miss you… I want my son back,” his mother, Lu Ann Nguyen of Santa Ana, told KABC-TV.

“I for sure know he wasn’t the one who orchestrated this. I feel he was manipulated or tricked into doing this,” said his sister, Tiffany Tieu.

“Just turn in yourself in. Don’t let (it) drag on,” she said.

While catching the men was the priority, a separate probe was underway to determine how they got out and whether any other prisoners or jail employees were involved, Hallock said.

“What I can assure you is that the compromises in security have been shored up,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said it wasn’t possible to conduct earlier head counts during the day.

“We are handicapped in that this is a jail where a lot of movement occurs,” she said. “We have people going to court, we have people going for medical treatment, and you can’t leave them locked down 24 hours a day. There are requirements that they get out and exercise from time to time.”

Prosecutors and others involved in their cases have been notified of the escape and measures taken to protect them, authorities said.

It was the first escape in more than 20 years from the facility, which was built in 1968 and has about 900 inmates. Two other escapes took place decades ago.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 37 years, always working for sheriff’s departments that manage jails. And escapes do occur from time to time,” Hutchens said. “We try and limit that. We learn from the mistakes. I can tell you that this is a very sophisticated-looking operation. People in jail have a lot of time to sit around and think about ways to defeat our systems.”

She said people should consider the men armed and dangerous and people shouldn’t try to approach them.

The U.S. Marshals Service offered a $30,000 reward on top of $20,000 offered by the FBI for information leading to the trio’s capture.

Another escaped inmate is Hossein Nayeri, 37. He had been held without bond since September 2014 on charges of kidnapping, torture, aggravated mayhem and burglary. Nayeri and three other men are accused of kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner in 2012. They drove the dispensary owner to a desert spot where they believed he had hidden money and then cut off his penis, authorities said.

After the crime, Nayeri fled the U.S. to his native Iran, where he remained for several months. He was arrested in Prague in November 2014 while changing flights from Iran to Spain to visit family.

The third escaped inmate, 43-year-old Bac Duong, was being held without bond since last month on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and other charges.

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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg eyeing independent White House bid

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NEW YORK – Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking early steps toward launching a independent campaign for president, seeing a potential path to the White House amid the rise of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.

The billionaire media executive, who served three terms as mayor of New York, is said to be concerned by Trump’s lasting hold on the Republican field and is worried about the impact of Sanders’ campaign on Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic nomination.

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Bloomberg has retained advisers and plans to conduct a poll after the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary to assess the state of the race and judge whether there is an opening for him to mount an independent campaign. He has set a March deadline to decide on whether to enter the race, believing that doing so any later would not allow him access to the ballot in all 50 states.

A longtime Democrat who became a Republican to run for mayor in 2001 and later switched to be an independent, would strongly consider a bid if the general election looked like it could shape up into a contest between Sanders and Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, though Bloomberg is not ruling out a bid if Clinton is ahead on the Democratic side.

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To prepare for a potential run, Bloomberg has also instructed aides to research previous third-party runs and is said to be willing to spend up to $1 billion of his own fortune, estimated to be about $37 billion, to finance his campaign.

Bloomberg’s efforts were described by three people familiar with his thinking, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about his plans, which were first reported Saturday by The New York Times.

Bloomberg, 73, has no personal animus toward Trump — he believes the real estate developer is “a nice guy,” according to one of the people familiar with his plans— and knows him from New York’s social circuit and from dealings with Trump when Bloomberg was mayor. But he strongly disagrees with Trump’s political positions, particularly his stance on immigration, the person said.

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The people familiar with his plans believe it is not particularly likely Bloomberg would challenge Clinton in a general election. But they said Bloomberg has expressed concern about the damage caused by revelations she used a private email address and server while serving as secretary of state, and he fears she may emerges atop the Democratic field as a weakened nominee.

Bloomberg, one of the richest people in the United States, has previously toyed with presidential runs, but concluded ahead of the 2008 and 2012 campaigns he could not win. The founder of the financial news and information provider Bloomberg LP, he was a political novice when he launched an unlikely bid for mayor in 2001.

He was trailing badly in the polls before the 9-11 attacks, but then received the endorsement of the popular then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Bloomberg played up his business expertise and campaigned as the candidate best able to help steady New York’s economy in the aftermath of the attacks.

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Bloomberg won a narrow victory in 2001 and was re-elected handily four years later. He then spearheaded a change to the city’s charter to allow him to win a third term in 2009. He oversaw a gilded age in the nation’s largest city. Manhattan shed its gritty image to become the sparkling star of film and television. Record numbers of tourists arrived. So did young professionals seeking their future. But critics noted the growing gap between the city’s rich and poor.

The former mayor is largely a social liberal — he fought for same-sex marriage in New York and is pro-abortion rights — and implemented a number of health reforms in New York City, banning smoking in public places and instituting calorie counts on menus.

He has also became arguably the nation’s most vocal proponent of gun control, using his fortune to bankroll candidates across the country who clash with the National Rifle Association.

But liberals have found fault with his cozy ties to Wall Street and his unquestioned support for the New York Police Department, which drove down crime during his tenure but engaged in tactics that a federal judge later ruled discriminated against minorities.

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Airlines cancel nearly 6,300 flights due to US blizzard

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Airlines cancelled nearly 6,300 flights in the U.S. and beyond this weekend as a blizzard conditions, cold and ice hits much of the U.S., with East Coast cities feeling the most impact.

The bulk of Saturday’s 4,418 cancellations are at airports in the New York City and Washington metro areas, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Another 1,855 flights were cancelled for Sunday. Those cancellationscentre on Philadelphia, Washington and New York, with airlines essentially shutting down all flights into those cities.

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One bit of good news: Saturday is the slowest travel day of the week. There were a little more than 22,000 flights scheduled to, from or within the U.S., according to FlightAware. That’s about 5,000 fewer flights – and 400,000 fewer passengers – than Thursday or Friday.

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By Sunday afternoon, however, the airlines hope to be back to a full schedule to handle the typical influx of business travellers at the start of the week.

Amtrak has also cancelled or cut back on service. Several trains scheduled to depart Washington D.C. for New York City were cancelled. There is also no service from Washington to stations in Virginia and the Southeast, according to Amtrak’s website.

WATCH: The monster winter storm has started to bring snow and ice to parts of the South as people in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast get ready.

Snow strands truckers and commuters on U.S. highway in Kentucky


Snow strands truckers and commuters on U.S. highway in Kentucky


New York’s iconic Times Square blanketed in snow


New Jersey under coastal flood warning during snowstorm


Blizzard dumps snow across eastern U.S.


Storm brings heavy snow to Philadelphia


Winter storm has potential to break records


A drone’s eye view of winter storm covering Knoxville, Tennesee


Carolina Panthers practice in snowy conditions


Road conditions change rapidly in Kentucky


Statewide emergency declared in Kentucky


Winter storm bearing down on east coast of U.S.

All major airlines have issued waivers for travel over the weekend, allowing passengers to rebook onto earlier or later flights to avoid the storms. The airports included vary by airline but include some cities in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia all the way up the coast to New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As of late Friday night, American Airlines alone has issued waivers for 42 airports.

For those looking to cancel their trips, they need to wait until the airline officially calls off the flight. Airlines have been much more proactive in recent years about cancelling flights, often doing so up to a day in advance. More travellers are impacted, but they aren’t stuck waiting in airports. It also lets airlines restart the system quicker because they have planes and crews in place.

If your flight is cancelled and you are stuck at the airport, here are some tips:

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Mayor de Blasio shuts down New York City amid snowstorm


Mayor de Blasio shuts down New York City amid snowstorm


Baltimore Mayor urges residents to stay home


N.Y. City Mayor de Blasio considering travel ban during snowstorm


N.Y. Governor declares state of emergency during U.S. blizzard

– Get in line to speak to a customer service representative, but also call the airline directly. If the phone lines are jammed, try the airline’s overseas numbers. You’ll pay long-distance rates but might not have to wait. Finally, consider sending a tweet to the airline.

– There are more to airline lounges than free drinks and lights snacks. Airlines often staff them with some of their best – and friendliest – ticket agents. The lines are shorter and these agents are sometimes able to find empty seats. So consider buying a one-day pass. It typically costs $50, but discounts can sometimes be found online.

– Use apps like HotelTonight and Priceline to find last-minute discounts for that night. Many of the rooms are nonrefundable when booked, so lock in only once you are stuck.

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