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Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard

 

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Pile of snow is pictured outside a house in St John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada January 18, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken January 18, 2020. J. David Mitchell/via REUTERS

 

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Between 150 and 200 Canadian troops should be in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador by the end of Sunday to help it dig out from a massive blizzard, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said.

 

The armed forces will also provide two transport planes and at least two helicopters. The storm dumped up to 76.2 cm (30 inches) of snow on St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland, and packed wind gusts as high as 130 km per hour (81 mph).

 

Many major roads are totally impassable. Although a state of emergency remains in the town, authorities said on Sunday that gas stations and pharmacies would be allowed to reopen.

 

"Probably by the end of today you'll have about 150 to 200 personnel on the ground ready to provide support. This could surge up to anywhere between 250 to 300 by tomorrow and the coming days," Sajjan said on the sidelines of a cabinet retreat in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

The troops would be a mix of reserves already in the province and soldiers arriving from elsewhere, he added.

 

Conditions could continue to be difficult, since Environment Canada is predicting an additional 10 cm of snow starting on Sunday night.

"We really need to get the roads opened ... we need to make sure we get better access to the hospital," St. John's mayor Danny Breen told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Sunday.

 

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

 

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33 minutes ago, canuckamuck said:

The real reason I am in Thailand.

Me too. 

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Me three for the reason I am not in Canada and never will be again. 

 

Also, St. John's is on the ocean, why don't they dump the snow in the water?

i've seen this happen before.

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Don't throw your snow shoes away and start moving to higher ground just yet. The reality is that the earth has hardly warmed at all for thousands of years, and snow, ice and glaciers are unlikely to become extinct any time soon.

 

The doomsayers doggedly ignore the fact that  temperatures today are considerably below those of the Minoan, Roman and Medieval warm periods, when human populations expanded and flourished as never before.

 

Some scientist are convinced we are due for another mini ice age like those which historically have decimated our ancestors with plague, famine and war. Mind you, US weather experts (sic) were saying the same in the Seventies - and only changed their tune when the climate started warming up again. 

 

The rest, as they say, is history. 

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12 hours ago, canuckamuck said:

The real reason I am in Thailand.

North Alberta could really surprise sometimes re' the depth of snow dumped overnight then the next surprise was the Chinook.

Overnight almost all the snow gone, but you knew it was going to come back.

 

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A meer dusting 

 

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Put up with snow or thai immigration....i'll choose immigration, they can keep the snow.  Plus, they have had snow every year, they know how to deal with it.  Nothing new.

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We All have Many alternatives to winters in Canada and pollution/immigration in Thailand 

Only looser would stay in ONE location. 

Canada - stay in room all day (thermostat control temperature)  vs Thailand- stay in room all day ( 24h/day air purifier and aircon) 

Your choice and Your freedom 

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1 hour ago, SoonOh said:

We All have Many alternatives to winters in Canada and pollution/immigration in Thailand 

Only looser would stay in ONE location. 

Canada - stay in room all day (thermostat control temperature)  vs Thailand- stay in room all day ( 24h/day air purifier and aircon) 

Your choice and Your freedom 

Which one has more friendly beavers?

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