Flood watch for parts of Lower Mainland as heavy rain continues

Parts of the Lower Mainland were under a flood watch on Saturday as heavy rain continued to pound the region.

An Environment Canada rainfall warning remained in place for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and eastern and western Vancouver Island.

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An additional 40 to 60 millimetres of rain is forecast to fall in most areas, with 70 to 90 mm possible on the North Shore and in Howe Sound.

And late Friday, the BC River Forecast Centre upgraded high streamflow advisories for the North Shore Mountains, Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast to flood advisories.

“Recent snow accumulation at elevation has occurred over the past few weeks, with 5‐40 mm of (snowmelt) equivalent currently observed at automated snow weather stations throughout the region,” the centre warned.

“Most of the snow on the ground is expected to melt during this event and will contribute additional runoff to rivers.”

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Peak flows on smaller waterways were expected Saturday, and in larger waterways, including the Squamish River, on Sunday.

Environment Canada forecasts the heavy rain to shift into showers over Metro Vancouver on Saturday afternoon, before picking back up in the evening and tapering off again Sunday.

Drivers are reminded to slow down and turn their lights on, while residents are reminded to check their properties for any potential drainage problems.

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COVID-19: London and Middlesex adds 15 cases, 15 recoveries Saturday

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

In total, there have been 14,281 cases, with 13,907 recoveries (an increase of 15), 131 active cases and 243 deaths.

The number of total cases involving a variant of concern sits at 4,272. The breakdown of known variant cases is as follows:

  • 3,384 cases of the Alpha variant
  • 758 cases of the Delta variant
  • 124 cases of the Gamma variant
  • two cases of the Beta variant
  • one case of the Kappa variant
  • one case of the Zeta variant

There are also two cases listed using the old code numbers, one described as B.1.617 and another listed as B.1.617.3.

Further information can be found on the health unit’s summary of COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London.

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London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) does not update COVID-19 data over the weekend.

As of Friday, LHSC was caring for nine inpatients with COVID-19, with five or fewer in adult critical care or the intensive care unit.

There were zero COVID-19 inpatients in Children’s Hospital. As a result, there are zero cases in pediatric critical care.

No staff have currently tested positive for COVID-19.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London (SJHCL) reported one non-outbreak case involving a health-care worker.


The MLHU is reporting an outbreak at Dearness Home in 5E, declared Oct. 6, which Mackie described on Oct. 7 as “precautionary” with only two confirmed cases at that time.

There are also outbreaks reported at the following schools:

  • Ryerson Public School, on Oct. 10
  • London Christian High, declared Oct. 1
  • St. Kateri Catholic School, declared Oct. 7
  • Providence Reformed Collegiate, declared Oct. 14

Mackie explained Tuesday that the outbreak at Ryerson (which is in the process of being renamed) is the result of a supply teacher covering a prep teacher role who was in 14 classes at the school while they were potentially contagious.

He said the supply teacher was double vaccinated and so the likelihood of spread is lower but, as of Tuesday, there was a single case “where we don’t think that there is a better explanation anywhere else in the community, except exposure in one of these classes.”


The following schools have cases associated with them, according to the MLHU:

  • C. C. Carrothers Public School (one case)
  • Catholic Central High School (two cases)
  • London Christian High (four cases)
  • Mountfield Public School (one case)
  • Our Lady of the Pillar Academy (one case)
  • Providence Reformed Collegiate (three cases)
  • Saunders Secondary School (one case)
  • St. Francis Catholic School (one case)
  • St. Kateri Catholic School (one case)
  • Wilfrid Jury Public School (two cases)

There are no active COVID-19 cases associated with child-care or early years centres.

The health unit said at least 124 cases have been reported since the start of the school year involving elementary and secondary schools, and child-care and early years centres.

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Vaccinations and testing

The latest vaccination update says as of Oct. 9, 83.2 per cent of residents aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated and 87.9 per cent have had at least one dose.

Since Sept. 3, unvaccinated individuals have accounted for 64.8 per cent of all cases (or 465 of 718 cases) and 64.5 per cent of all hospitalizations.

Meanwhile, 25.1 per cent of all cases (or 180 of 718 cases) involved those who were fully vaccinated while 29 per cent of all hospitalizations (nine of 31) involved individuals who were fully vaccinated.

The rest of the cases involved individuals who were partially vaccinated or not yet protected by vaccination.

Of the eight COVID-19-related deaths reported in the last six weeks, three involved people who were unvaccinated, two involved individuals who were fully vaccinated, two involved people who were partially vaccinated and one involved someone who was not yet protected by vaccination.

On the health unit’s website, residents can find information on pop-up clinics, mass vaccination clinics and pharmacies; guidance for anyone vaccinated outside of the province or country; transportation support for those in need; and more.

Anyone looking to be tested for COVID-19 can find information about the locations of testing sites on the health unit’s website.

The latest COVID-19 test positivity rate in the region was 1.8 per cent for the week of Sept. 26, unchanged from the week of Sept. 19.


Ontario reported 486 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 594,419.

It marks the sixth day in a row the province reported fewer than 500 cases.

Five additional deaths were also announced, bringing the provincial death toll to 9,814.

A total of 580,667 cases are considered resolved, which is up by 517.

More than 32,600 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now administered a total of 18,563,680 tests and 14,277 remain under investigation.

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The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 1.7 per cent, which was up from Friday’s report, when it was 1.4 per cent, and down slightly from last Saturday’s report, when it was 1.8 per cent.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, 22,208,199 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 30,369. Of the latest shots administered, 10,030 were first doses and 20,339 were second doses.

In Ontario, 87.4 per cent of people aged 12-plus have received at least one vaccine dose and nearly 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) does not update COVID-19 data over the weekend.

On Friday, SWPH reported:

  • 4,483 total cases
  • 92 active cases
  • 4,302 resolved cases
  • 89 deaths to date
  • 1,345 variant of concern cases, with 774 Alpha, 517 Delta and 54 Beta or Gamma

Of the 92 active cases in the region, 47 were in Elgin County (including 14 in Aylmer and Bayam) and 45 were in Oxford County (including 12 in Tillsonburg, 11 in Woodstock).

Three people with COVID-19 were hospitalized, the health unit said, with no cases in the ICU.

One outbreak, declared Oct. 3, was ongoing at Elgin Manor in St. Thomas. The outbreak was tied to two resident cases and two staff cases.

Information on school cases can be found on the websites of the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board.

The region’s test positivity rate was 2.9 per cent for the week of Oct. 3, up from 2.5 per cent a week earlier.

As of Oct. 14, 82.1 per cent of those aged 12 and older in the region were fully vaccinated while 86.4 per cent have had at least one dose.

Information on where and how to get vaccinated can be found on the health unit’s website.

Huron and Perth

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) does not update COVID-19 data over the weekend.

On Friday, HPPH reported:

  • 2,275 total cases
  • 40 active cases
  • 2,170 recoveries
  • 66 deaths to date

Among the 40 active cases, eight were in North Perth and seven in Central Huron. Full case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

There were no patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday. There was one active COVID-19 case involving a health-care worker.

HPPH reported five outbreaks, though there were no long-term care home, retirement home or hospital outbreaks.

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Two of the outbreaks involved schools:

  • Huron Christian School in Clinton (six student cases)
  • Stratford District Christian School in Stratford (two student cases)

The other outbreaks were listed as a community outbreak, a congregate living setting outbreak and a workplace outbreak. No further details were provided.

Data on school cases can be found on the websites of the Avon-Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.

The region’s test positivity rate was 2.3 per cent for the week of Oct. 3, down from 2.6 per cent the week of Sept. 26.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Oct. 12, 79.6 per cent of those aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated while 84.1 per cent have had at least one dose.

Information on how and where to get a vaccine can be found on the health unit’s website.

Sarnia and Lambton

On Saturday, Lambton Public Health (LPH) reported:

  • 4,059 total cases (an increase of 11)
  • 79 active cases
  • 3,910 resolved cases (an increase of 12)
  • 70 deaths to date

LPH does not update specific COVID-19 data over the weekend.

As of Friday, a total of 582 variant of concern cases were confirmed. Of that total, 439 have been Alpha, 125 have been Delta and 18 have been Gamma.

Five COVID-19 patients were in the care of Bluewater Health.

LPH reported active outbreaks at two unidentified workplaces, declared on Oct. 3 and Oct. 8, linked to four and two cases, respectively.

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Three outbreaks linked to schools were active, one at Confederation Central Public School, declared Oct. 12, and linked to fewer than five cases. The two other active outbreaks were declared on Oct. 14 at Cathcart Boulevard Public School and Gregory A Horgan Catholic School, both linked to fewer than five cases.

All active cases at schools within the Lambton Kent District School Board can be found online, as can cases at schools within the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

The test positivity rate for the week of Oct. 3 was 3.6 per cent, down from 3.7 per cent the week prior.

Among those aged 12 and older, 78.25 per cent are fully vaccinated and 82.6 per cent have had at least one dose.

Residents can book and re-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments or find information on vaccine availability at pharmacies using the health unit’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.

Those who are able to get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily Vaccine Standby List.

— With files from Global News’ Jacquelyn LeBel, Sawyer Bogdan and Ryan Rocca

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Mrazek injury forces Leafs to add U of T goalie

TORONTO – Alex Bishop is set to live out his dream.

The Maple Leafs have their fingers crossed the University of Toronto goalie doesn’t move from the end of the bench.

Bishop will dress as backup to starter Jack Campbell on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Petr Mrazek was sidelined because of a groin injury and the team facing a salary cap squeeze.

The situation is compounded by defenceman Justin Holl unavailable to play due to illness.

Toronto could have sent a player that doesn’t require waivers to the American Hockey League and recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson — the club’s third option last season — as the No. 2 behind Campbell, if Holl was healthy.

The organization instead signed the 24-year-old Bishop of Richmond Hill, Ont., with his three seasons of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League experience, to an amateur tryout and hopes Campbell gets through the evening unscathed.

“There’s a lot of things that, to be honest, aren’t my department, and I’m not really aware,” was Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe’s attempt to explain the rationale.

“But really it just comes down to the fact that the flat (salary) cap has created some situations here that are a lot more difficult to manage even than they were a year ago when they had the taxi squad and a third goalie.

“We’re going through that here now.”

Holl has cold symptoms and test results for COVID-19 had yet to come back as of Saturday morning, Keefe said, but even if they’re negative, Holl wasn’t well enough to suit up against the Senators.

The good news for the Leafs, who are tight to the cap, is Mrazek continues to be evaluated for a groin problem suffered in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Senators in the nation’s capital.

Since Mrazek wasn’t placed on injured reserve — a move that would have freed up cap space to recall Hutchison — it points to Toronto’s optimism Mrazek’s ailment isn’t serious.

“That’s the situation,” Keefe said. “A lot of teams have already gone through it last season and I suspect a lot more will this season with the rules going back to normal and not necessarily having the COVID exemptions.

“That’s where we’re at.”

The Leafs have recent experience with strange goaltending moments.

They were the opponent when two Carolina goalies, including Mrazek, were injured on a Saturday night in Toronto on Feb. 22, 2020.

That forced emergency backup David Ayres into action.

The-then-42-year-old Zamboni driver allowed goals on the Leafs’ first two shots after entering the fray that memorable night, but Ayres stopped the next eight in a stunning 6-3 Hurricanes’ victory that catapulted him into the public eye.

Toronto defenceman T.J. Brodie said he can’t imagine the thoughts going through Bishop’s head when he got the call.

“I’m sure the nerves are probably going,” he said. “But it’s exciting.”

Keefe said the situation shouldn’t impact his team’s approach against Ottawa.

“Whether you’re a coach or a player, you don’t give much thought to the backup goaltender,” Keefe said. “It has nothing to do with what we’re trying to focus on.”

Leafs winger Alexander Kerfoot said Bishop looked good during Saturday’s morning skate.

“To be honest, I haven’t even spoken to him yet,” he said when asked about his temporary teammate’s demeanour. “I just saw him on the ice, and I didn’t score any on him, so he looked pretty good.”

The six-foot-four, 205-pound Bishop spent the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons playing for U of T, but his last game action was before the COVID-19 pandemic on Feb. 16, 2020.

The Varsity Blues don’t start their 2021-22 regular season until next month.

“It’s a quick turnaround,” Kerfoot said. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but it’s a good opportunity for him.

“We’re fortunate to have him here. It’s just about enjoying the experience and relishing it.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 16. 2021.


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New mobile medivan set to bring medical services to northern Saskatchewan communities

A new off-grid medical van called Wellness on Wheels will soon be in service for northern communities in Saskatchewan.

The medical van’s purpose is to provide basic health-care services for rural areas that otherwise wouldn’t have access or that have difficulty accessing.

The medical van is a one-stop-shop for medical care and will be used to provide COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

The van provides health-care workers onboard the necessary space to provide health care and is equipped with many essential features.

Wellness on Wheels co-founder Steven Glass says this is just the beginning; he hopes to have more medivans within the fleet sooner than later.

“We are excited to keep working with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) in the future to push these vans into different avenues for health needs,” Glass said. “We look forward to what comes in the future for Saskatchewan and roll out across Canada.”

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Glass says they hope to have the van in operation before the snow arrives this year.

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Pedestrian killed in Windsor Essex crash, OPP say

One person is dead and following a collision between a car and pedestrian in Windsor Essex, Ont., Friday night, Lakeshore OPP said.

Just after 10 p.m., OPP and Essex-Windsor EMS responded to a collision on Talbot Road between Lapointe Street and Wilson Side Road.

Police say an initial investigation showed that a vehicle was travelling westbound on Talbot Road when it collided with a pedestrian.

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The pedestrian was taken to a hospital where they were later pronounced dead.

OPP have identified the victim as Salvatore Onorato, 51, from Windsor, Ont.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by OPP and Talbot Road has since reopened.

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Overnight crash claims life of Surrey pedestrian

A pedestrian is dead following a late-night collision in Surrey, B.C.

Surrey RCMP said the crash happened on King George Boulevard near the Pattullo Bridge shortly before midnight on Friday.

RCMP said the driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with police.

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It’s not clear what led up to the crash, or whether the wet weather was a factor.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has video shot in the area at the time of the crash is asked to contact Surrey RCMP.

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Quebec reports 679 new COVID-19 cases, 460 of which are inadequately vaccinated

Quebec is reporting 679 new COVID-19 cases and three more virus-related deaths on Saturday.

Health officials say hospitalizations climbed by eight to 309, and 78 people are in intensive care.

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Of the new cases today, 460 were among those who were either not vaccinated or two weeks removed from a first dose.


According to the Quebec’s public health department, 90 per cent of the province’s population aged 12 and older have received a first dose and 86 per cent have received both doses.

The province says it vaccinated 11,508 people on Friday, including more than 7,600 second doses.

–with files from the Canadian Press

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'Horrific': Woman raped on Philadelphia train while bystanders did nothing, police say

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A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said “should have done something.”

Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said officers were called to the 69th Street terminal around 10 p.m. Wednesday after the assault on the westbound train on the Market-Frankford Line.

An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was in the vicinity as the train went past called police to report that “something wasn’t right” with a woman aboard the train, Bernhardt said.

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SEPTA police waiting at the next stop found the woman and arrested a man. The woman was taken to a hospital.

Bernhardt called the victim an “unbelievably strong woman” who provided police with a lot of information. She did not know her attacker, he said.

“She’s on the mend,” Bernhardt said. “Hopefully she will get through this.”

The entire episode was captured on surveillance video that showed other people on the train at the time, Bernhardt said.

“There was a lot of people, in my opinion, that should have intervened; somebody should have done something,” Bernhardt said. “It speaks to where we are in society; I mean, who would allow something like that to take place? So it’s troubling.”

Fiston Ngoy, 35, has been charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault and related counts, according to Delaware County court records. Bernhardt said he is known to both SEPTA and Upper Darby police.

Court documents don’t list a defence attorney, and a listed number for him couldn’t be found Saturday.

SEPTA issued a statement calling it a “horrendous criminal act” and urging anyone witnessing such a thing to report it to authorities.

“There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911,” the authority said.

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Money worries a leader in stress, overall mental health: survey

A recent survey conducted by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada found money worries are on the top of Canadians’ minds – a greater source of stress than work, health, and relationships.

Factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing cost of living are some of the daily challenges people are facing, clashing with their monthly incomes.

The study found 37 per cent of people say they are looking at delaying their retirement as a result of their financial situation and difficulty in saving funds.

Saskatoon Assante Wealth Management wealth advisor Stuart Sutton says people should take control of their finances sooner than later.

“We really feel like it’s important to take charge of your finances,” said Sutton. “A lot of people are stressed out because their wealth is in control of them. We believe it should be the other way around — you should be in charge of your wealth.”

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Sutton said if people take action now, it will help them in the future.

Sutton adds he will be hosting a pair of free online seminars later in October.

For more information visit their website.

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OPP identifies victim of fatal Middlesex County hit-and-run, seeks suspect

Middlesex County OPP have identified the victim of a fatal hit and run that took place earlier this week in the Ontario Municipality of Adelaide-Metcalfe.

Police say around 9:15 p.m. Monday, a cyclist was travelling on Calvert Drive when they were struck by a vehicle.

The cyclist was reportedly thrown from their bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

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OPP have identified the deceased as 45-year-old Johannes Francis Smolders of Strathroy, Ont.

The crash caused damage to the vehicle’s front passenger side corner and headlight assembly.

The vehicle involved in the incident failed to remain at the scene of the collision, police say.

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The suspect vehicle is described as either a Dodge Dakota pickup truck between the years of 1997 and 2004 or a Dodge Durango SUV between the years of 1998 and 2003.

The OPP are asking automotive repair shops and scrap yards to contact police if a vehicle matching the description was recently repaired or if parts were sold for a passenger-side headlight assembly.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Middlesex County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or London Elgin Middlesex Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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