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‘I saw a trailer that was all twisted’: Tornado tosses Quebec campground


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Tornado tosses trailer in Quebec

ST-ROCH-DE-L’ACHIGAN, Que. — A tornado tore through a campground north of Montreal Thursday evening, snapping trees, toppling trailers and sending at least one injured man to hospital.

“When I drove through, I saw a trailer that was all twisted, up in the air,” said Andre Parent, a Montrealer who lives at the Camping Horizon campground in summer.

“There was one that flipped over just two over from my home, there are trees down all over the place.”

Environment Canada confirmed Friday the twister struck St-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Que., in the Lanaudiere region about 50 kilometres north of Montreal, at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The tornado checked in as an EF1, with winds between 135 and 175 kilometres per hour. Severe thunderstoms rolling through the province also cut power to thousands of households.

A meteorologist was dispatched to the scene early Friday. The agency noted several recreational vehicles were damaged at the campsite as well as farms in the area.

Environment Canada’s Alexandre Parent said the damage has all the hallmarks of a tornado.

“We saw some damage over a path of at least three kilometres, and that’s really the signature of a tornado,” Parent said in an interview.

There are usually six to seven tornadoes reported yearly in the province and Thursday’s is believed to be the first this year.

Camping Horizon sustained the heaviest damage. One resident was injured and taken to hospital after strong winds rolled his trailer.

Residents were taking stock of the destruction Friday as they tried to clean up the debris.

Camping Horizon owner Alex Caron said he was at a townhall meeting when his mother called to tell him a camper had toppled.

He returned to find trailers damaged, old trees snapped, vehicles damaged and power lines down, cutting electricity to the grounds which rely on power for pumps for water.

“A lot of fear when it happened — some people were in their trailers, one gentleman went to the hospital, he was in his trailer when it flipped over,” Caron said.

“People were scared, now they’re looking at the damages and people are pretty distraught because it’s part of their life, these trailers, it becomes their residence in the summer and some people have lost them completely.”

The campground includes 180 seasonal sites and 35 weekend sites. Because of the damage, Caron said this weekend’s reservations were cancelled.

Parent, who was on the road when the tornado hit, said his own home sustained minor damage compared to others. But without electricity, there was no pumps for running water.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen something like this in all my time here,” he said.

– By Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal with files from Graham Hughes in St-Roch-de-L’Achigan, Que.

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Canada’s Forestry Sector is World-Class. Here’s Proof.

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Most Canadians already understand that Canada’s forest industry is world-class. Compared to most other nations with the largest forest industries, we go above and beyond the standard call to reduce the environmental impacts associated with harvesting trees.

Home to about a third of the boreal forest found globally, Canada currently has several sustainable initiatives in place to make sure our forested lands regenerate accordingly. Through continued research and development, these initiatives are ever-evolving to further advance Canada’s global leadership in sustainable forest management practices.

Here are several facts showing just how Canada’s forest sector is world-class, which should be excellent examples for other nations looking to up their game on sustainable forestry practices in the pursuit of a healthier global environment.

12 Facts on Sustainable Forestry Practices in Canada

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#1 – Canada has one of the lowest deforestation rates in the world, with just 0.01% of total deforestation in 2018 – much lower than that seen in the Amazon.

#2 – Canada’s boreal wetland habitats are well protected. In Ontario and Quebec, for example, at least 50% of the wetland-rich northern boreal regions are protected by the provincial government.

#3 – Canada’s forestry sector is investing heavily into reforestation efforts, planting roughly 600 million new trees annually.

#4 – Canada’s forestry sector has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions substantially; From 2007 to 2017, the industry dropped energy use by 24% and total fossil GHG emissions by 40%.

#5 – Canadian law requires any disturbed forests by industry must be 100% reclaimed.

#6 – Canada’s forestry sector has committed to help remove 30 megatonnes of CO2 per year by 2030, a substantial amount that will contribute to improving our country’s emissions profile considerably.

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#7 – More than 440 million seedlings were planted across Canada in 2018.

#8 – As of 2016, around 200 million of Canada’s 348 million hectares of forests had a long-term forest management plan.

#9 – Today, roughly half of Canada’s forests are certified to third-party standards of sustainable forest management.

#10 – Canada’s boreal forest is largely undisturbed, with 80% of it being relatively untouched and free of industrial disturbance.

#11 – Since 1990, less than 0.5% of Canada’s forested lands have been converted to a non-forest land use.

#12 – Canada will be the first nation in the world to launch a satellite that will specifically monitor wildfires – nothing else.

Sources: Natural Resources Canada, Forest Products Association of Canada

Canada is a Leader in Sustainable Forestry – We Should Be Proud!

The evidence is in, and it’s clear that Canada is a global leader in sustainable forestry practices. Learn more about why this matters by joining our conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram today – hope to see you there!


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Ethics prof at one of Canada’s oldest universities on temporary paid leave for stance against forced vaccinations

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Huron University in London, Ontario, was incorporated way back in 1863 as one of the founding colleges of Western University.  Western is one of the largest universities in Canada.

On the University’s website under academic objectives, Huron University strongly encourages “critical thinking through excellent teaching and research”.  But it appears critical thinking may have landed a university ethics professor in a career ending dilemma. Dr. Julie Ponesse has been teaching Ethics at Huron for 20 years.  Dr. Ponesse says the University of Western Ontario has barred her from campus and put her on temporary paid leave for taking an ethical stance against the University’s vaccine policy.

Here is the first measure of that policy as highlighted on the University website.

  • Mandatory Vaccination on Campus: Huron and its affiliate partners are implementing a vaccination policy which will require proof of vaccination or have an exemption in order to come on campus, including living in residence. Those with an exemption must be tested for COVID-19 twice weekly. There is no testing option for those who choose not to be vaccinated. Those without proof of vaccination or an exemption will not be permitted on campus.

Professor Ponesse says just a few days before the school year began, she was mandated by her employers to take the vaccine immediately.  As an Ethics educator she decided it was her job to teach her students it’s ethically wrong to force people to take a vaccine.  Instead of lining up for the jab, Dr. Ponesse went to her office and recorded a video which has now been seen across Canada tens of thousands of times.  At the end of the video a statement appears indicating Professor Julie Ponesse was dismissed by her employers on September 7.

The video is being shared and commented on by Canadians from coast to coast, in various social media platforms.  It’s a fascinating discussion on ethics in a terribly confusing and controversial time, by an experienced ethics professor who has courageously put her ethics ahead of her career.

The video has been taken down by both Facebook and Twitter for statements Ponesse makes about the effectiveness of vaccines.  This video was reloaded to Facebook.  Supporters of Dr. Ponesse have also posted it to Instagram.  We’ve posted two links in case one is taken down yet again.



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