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Vernon Marion had two hours to prepare to flee when he got the evacuation order to leave his home in Telegraph Creek, B.C., earlier this week as the Alkali Lake wildfire roared closer.

He ran outside, put some of his belongings in a field he thought would be safe from the fire, and tried to protect them with a tarp and water jugs.

What he couldn’t protect were his 30 horses. 

"You don't think properly when something like that's happening," he said.

"If you had to do it all over again you'd probably do it differently."

Vernon Marion of Telegraph Creek, B.C., is concerned about the 30 horses he had to leave behind when he was evacuated from his home as a wildfire approached. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Neighbours and outfitters have offered to take horse trailers into the area to rescue the animals, but officials told Marion it's too dangerous.

So now he has to wait and find out what is to become of his ranch and his horses.

"We'll go down there if we get a break [Friday] and round them up."

'We're resilient'

Yukon Minister of Tourism and member of the Tahltan First Nation Jeanie Dendys was in Telegraph Creek during the evacuation where she and her sister helped people get out of the community. 

"Our chief is working non-stop which is what we did during those initial days," she said.

"There's so much work to be done, but people are safe and that was what our main focus was."

Dendys said the Tahltan people are heartbroken over the devastation the wildfire has caused in their region, but she believes the strength of the community will help them overcome the loss. 

"We're resilient," she said. "The unity that we have among our people will bring us through this."

Fires merged

Early Thursday, the South Stikine River and Alkali Lake fires merged created a fire covering almost 300 square kilometres.  

At a meeting in Dease Lake on Wednesday night, B.C. Wildfire Service incident commander Hugh Murdoch said ground crews and air support are working to protect culturally significant sites and buildings in the area.

From left, Tony Falcao of the B.C. Wildfire Service, Chief Rick McLean of the Tahltan Nation and Hugh Murdoch of the B.C. Wildfire Service update the public on the fire situation on August 8, 2018. (Phillipe Morin/CBC)

"The type of efforts that we've been putting forward will continue," Murdoch said. 

A cold front is expected to pass through the area in coming days, and crews are preparing for a potential increase in wind and shift in its direction. 

With files from Philippe Morin


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Court hearing on Chinatown’s request to close Edmonton safe injection sites – Global News

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The location of supervised consumption sites in Edmonton’s inner city is going before the federal courts on Monday. The Chinatown and Area Business Association wants the sites closed, and filed an injunction in Oct. 2017.

READ MORE: Court date set for Chinatown business association’s effort to close Edmonton safe injection sites

There is a total of four supervised consumption sites in the city and Edmonton’s Chinatown area sits in the middle of three of them: Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services and the George Spady Society. The other site is a few blocks north, inside the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

WATCH BELOW: The Chinatown and Area Business Association’s battle against Edmonton’s supervised consumption sites moves to the courtroom on Monday.







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The Chinatown association is challenging the federal minister of health’s approval of the sites. A judicial review at the Federal Court of Canada will take place Monday morning in downtown Edmonton.

The association claims the community doesn’t want the sites, and there was not enough consultation prior to the sites being approved.

Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) is a coalition of community, medical, academic and public sector groups that created the model for the city’s four service sites.

The legal team representing the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition fear — if the business association is successful in court — it could create new barriers to supervised consumption services, which could infringe upon the charter rights of people who use drugs.

READ MORE: Overwhelming demand at Edmonton supervised consumption sites in first 6 months

Statistics showed there have been 932 unique visitors, with a total of 22,316 visits to the four sites as of Nov. 18. During that period, the data suggested staff were able to intervene on 252 overdoses that were reversed.

— With files from Scott Johnston, 630 CHED

— More to come…

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A woman who called 911 Sunday evening to report her SUV stolen from a parking lot in Hammonds Plains, N.S., not only got her vehicle back, it was returned with a full tank of gas.

RCMP said the woman told police that around 6:30 p.m. she had parked her white Hyundai Santa Fe on Hammonds Plains Road beside an identical vehicle and entered a business. When she came back out it was gone.

It turns out the driver of the other SUV had gotten in and managed to drive away. He even filled it up with gas before realizing his mistake. The "stolen" SUV was returned to the woman, who reimbursed the man for filling her tank. 

RCMP Cpl. Dal ​Hutchinson said police don't believe either vehicle was left running in the parking lot. Some push-button start vehicles can be started without the keyless fob actually in the vehicle.

"Both vehicles were identical in make and model, however one was a 2016, the other was a 2017," said Hutchinson. 

"I think all of us have done it at one time or another … have gotten into a vehicle and realized that this isn't my vehicle, and have climbed out before we actually drove off.

"But in this case he drove off, filled it full of gas, and then discovered the fact that it wasn't his and took it right back to the owner." 

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission says numbers uncovered during an inquiry into Toronto Police suggests black city residents are right to be concerned about their interactions with the force’s officers.

The commission is releasing an interim report today that documents findings uncovered part-way through its investigation into racial profiling by the force.

The report says black people are grossly overrepresented in cases where Toronto Police use force that results in serious injury or death.

The commission says black people make up only 8.8 per cent of Toronto’s population, but were involved in 70 per cent of fatal police shootings between Jan. 1, 2013 and June 30, 2017.

It says during that time, black people were also disproportionately represented in everything from Toronto police use-of-force investigations, sexual assault complaints filed against city officers, and inappropriate or unjustified searches and charges.

The commission says comparisons to data from a decade earlier shows discrimination toward black residents hasn’t improved over the years and is calling on the force to acknowledge and address the problem.

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