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Calgary records its hottest day

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Friday was hot and now it’s official; the mercury stretched to 36.3 degrees which is an all-time high temperature for Calgary.

It surpasses 36.1 the record set on July 15, 1919 and July 25, 1933.

Jean Barron will be 90 in November and while she doesn’t remember the specific day in 1933 when it reached 36.1 degrees but she does remember it was hot and what her family did to stay cool.

“We did it with the hose. There was no water rationing. We’d have fun running back and forth with my three sisters and my mother would be sitting there in her bathing suit and we loved it,” says Barron.

Barron did what she could to keep her home cool today including closing her blinds and making sure the fans were on throughout her house.

“This past week has been over the top, we just have never experienced such weather,” says Barron. “I don’t go outdoors a lot.  I’ll walk early in the morning and perhaps later at night. The house is comfortable for me and I don’t seem to feel the heat.”

Cailey Chase with Vahana Nature Rehabilitation and her 133 grazing goats on McHugh Bluff have been starting earlier in day to try to get a head of the heat.

Usually they are in the park by 9:00 a.m. but with the skyrocketing temperatures she’s had the goats out around 7:00 a.m. to start munching on thistles.

 “When the heat came in we changed our shift to the early morning and late evening, kind of following what our friends in Europe and down south do–take a siesta in the afternoon,” says Chase.

The dogs that help keep the goats in line are taking dips in the Bow River to keep cool and the horses got electrolytes.

 “We put that in the water and we can also put it in their feed,” says Chase. “The goats come from a desert background so they do really well in the heat but they have lots of sense so they’ll lay down in the shade.”

The extreme heat has triggered fire bans in northwest and northeast of Calgary which means no charcoal barbeques or campfires are allowed.

The province has also issued fire restrictions which stretch to the B.C. border and south to Waterton Lakes National Park.

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PHOTOS: Hurricane force winds, snow, slam Newfoundland

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NEWFOUNDLAND | Heavy snow


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Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2:52 PM – The strongest storm of the season so far edged into Atlantic Canada earlier this week, strengthening rapidly as it barrelled through the north Atlantic Thursday. Hurricane force winds, snow, and damaging storm surge were expected to batter parts of Newfoundland the the day, with the largest waves on the planet targeting the island.

The storm knocked out power to thousands as winds whipped the region.

“This is just one of many issues our crews have been dealing with,” said Newfoundland Power in a tweet showing powerline damage. “We thank all of our customers who have been impacted during this storm for their patience. We are working as safely and diligently as possible to restore power to our customers.”

Much of Atlantic Canada saw winds upwards of 80 km/h, with most of Newfoundland experiencing wind gusts over 130 km/m, which made for reduced visibility and dangerous driving conditions.

Atlantic Canada will continue to be the focus of the active weather through next week with a couple more systems expected

RELATED: Get the latest updates on the system impacting Atlantic Canada here

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Work accident claims three

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Three people are dead after an apparent workplace accident just south of Edmonton.

Police, firefighters and emergency crews responded Thursday afternoon to a call at Millennium Cryogenic Technologies in Leduc.

Mayor Bob Young confirms three people died.

Young says it isn't clear what happened at the worksite in the Leduc Business Park.

He says the situation is contained and there is no risk to the public.

RCMP and Alberta Occupational Health & Safety officers are investigating.

"On behalf of Leduc City Council and administration, I want to express our deepest condolences to the co-workers and families affected by this tragic incident,” Young said in a statement.

Premier Rachel Notley said her heart breaks for the workers and their families.

"While we wait for details about how this tragic accident happened, my thoughts are with all those who are mourning this terrible loss," she said in a statement.

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Search and rescue responding to bulk carrier off Newfoundland, no plans to abandon ship

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Rescue officials have come to the aid of a bulk carrier that flooded Thursday afternoon off Newfoundland.

Joint Task Force Atlantic says the Centennial Harmony was roughly 460 kilometres off St. John’s, N.L., in the Grand Banks with when it reported flooding onboard around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

READ MORE: Rescue mission underway for person who fell overboard off N.S. coast

In a statement Thursday evening, National Defence said the flooding was under control, and there was no intention to abandon ship.

It says the bulk carrier – with 21 crew members – was also having intermittent power issues and required technical assistance.


A Hercules aircraft and the Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir Wilfred Grenfell responded to the incident.

A resupply ship, the Maersk Cutter, was on standby roughly 150 kilometres away to assist if required.

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