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Nova Scotians grapple with aftermath of powerful Dorian

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Nova Scotians were waking up Sunday to streets littered with massive downed trees, branches and snapped power lines in the wake Dorian — a powerful storm that battered the province with torrential rain and gusty winds.

Halifax was hit particularly hard by the storm, which arrived in the region Saturday afternoon as a fierce Category 2 hurricane and was downgraded to a post-tropical storm later in the evening when it made landfall in the capital city.

Trees were uprooted and resting on homes in the Halifax area, their roots exposed as they lifted up the surrounding sidewalks.

People could be seen collecting debris from their yards in a cool, crisp wind Sunday morning, as municipal crews worked to remove larger branches.

Power lines came down across the province, resulting in widespread outages that affected 400,000 Nova Scotia Power customers at the height of the storm. (Eric Woolliscroft/CBC)

There was widespread damage in the coastal community of Herring Cove, N.S., just outside Halifax.

Resident Chris Lowe said around 4 p.m. Saturday, he started noticing debris coming into the lake next to his house.

On Sunday morning, the remnants of a shed and dock, a dinghy boat, red jerry cans, yellow buoys and other debris were piled high in Powers Pond, which sits close to the coast.

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Chris Lowe, who lives in Herring Cove, N.S., says he’s not sure who will be responsible for cleaning up the mess left in Powers Pond in the wake of Dorian. (David Burke/CBC)

“It was a shame to watch it happen because we knew it was someone’s property, possibly someone’s livelihood,” said Lowe, adding that he’s not sure who is responsible for cleaning up the mess.

“It was pretty surprising…. We just thought how terrible it was and we were just worried about what was happening over on the cove side.”

Darrell Power, who also lives in Herring Cove, said he was one of many people in the area who lost wharfs and sheds.

He said boats were smashing against the shoreline Saturday, and some of those are likely damaged.

“This blue boat and white boat were just like dinky toys in the water. I’ve never seen anything like it, and 65 years I’ve been here,” said Power, standing on a breakwater scattered with large boulders Sunday morning.

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Dorian brought boulders onto a breakwater in Herring Cove, N.S. (David Burke/CBC)

He surmised the amount of damage to property in the Herring Cove area is likely close to $1 million.

More than 342,000 customers were still without power around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Nova Scotia Power said 400,000 of its customers were in the dark at the peak of the outage overnight Saturday.

The company warned it could be days before some people’s lights come back on.

Hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members were deploying the Halifax region to help with cleanup efforts, and hundreds more were standing by.

A large tree leans across Grand Lake Road, suspended only by power lines. Police closed the road, which is the main highway between Glace Bay and Sydney. (Tom Ayers/CBC)

Dorian also left a trail of destruction in Cape Breton, where some city streets and rural roads were blocked by downed trees and power lines.

Troops were also mobilizing on the island — Sydney’s Victoria Park armoury — to help with the cleanup.

Comfort stations were opening on the island Sunday afternoon for those who need to charge electronic devices or to grab a hot drink.

The lack of power prompted people in the Halifax area to descend upon open Tim Horton’s stores Sunday morning. Dozens of cars could be seen lined up on streets in Halifax and Dartmouth.

Emergency officials said such lineups were blocking roads and obstructing cleanup efforts. They warned people to stay off the roads.

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One person has died after being struck by a car on Saturday night in the Newton neighbourhood of Surrey, B.C.

RCMP say a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle around 10:34 p.m, near the busy intersection of 152 Street and Highway 10.

Police say the pedestrian was pronounced dead on scene.

Evidence markers dotted Highway 10 for several dozen metres west of the intersection where a white car sat with front end damage.

The intersection was closed to traffic overnight while collision analysts examined the scene.

Police have not announced any details on what caused the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, saw the vehicle beforehand, or has dash camera footage of the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Mississauga mayor statement after shooting in the city

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The mayor of Mississauga, Ont., says she’s “shocked and saddened” after a teenage boy was killed and five other people were wounded when gunfire erupted in the city west of Toronto on Saturday evening.

Bonnie Crombie called the incident a “senseless act of gun violence” and says her thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families.

Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord said at a news conference late Saturday night that according to witnesses, multiple suspects unleashed a barrage of gunfire from semi-automatic weapons near a parkette behind an apartment building at around 6:20 p.m.He said a 17-year-old old boy died at the scene and that five others – a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a woman in her 50s – were injured.

McCord said one of the wounded was in serious condition and that the other four suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

No suspect information has been released as officers continued to canvass the area for surveillance footage and police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to come forward.

Crombie thanked first responders who rushed to the scene and she says she hopes to take action in response to the shooting.

“As a member of the police board, I am committed to ensuring Mississauga remains one of the safest cities by working to get illegal guns off our streets,” said Crombie in a statement.

McCord has said that “a lot” of shell casings were found scattered over a wide area and that several vehicles were hit by the gunfire.

He said it’s early in the investigation and that many questions about the incident remained unanswered, including the motive, whether the victims were targeted and whether the shooting was gang related.

A music video was being filmed near the scene of the shooting, but McCord said he didn’t know if it was in any way linked to the case.

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Police seeking 7 suspects in shooting in Mississauga

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A 17-year-old boy who was killed in a shooting in Mississauga on Saturday night was an innocent victim, Peel Regional Police say.

Peel Police Chief Chris McCord told reporters on Sunday that investigators believe there were seven shooters involved in gunfire that injured four other teens and a woman in her 50s in a parkette behind an apartment complex.

The shooting occurred on Darcel Avenue near Dunrankin Drive, in the area of Morning Star and Goreway Drive. Police were called to the scene at 6:22 p.m.

Officers have recovered more than 100 shell casings at the crime scene.

McCord said police also believe the shooting was motivated by a rap music video that was filmed in the parkette and released last week.

The teen boy, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The five injured people — a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, and two 17-year-old boys — were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say one of the injured people has been released from hospital and the remaining four are in stable condition

McCord said some of the injured are also believed to be innocent victims.

He said the shooting occurred as people in the parkette were setting up to shoot a music video and an ice cream truck was nearby.

No one is in custody, no suspects have been identified and officers are reviewing security camera video.

Police believe the shooters used semi-automatic weapons, but none of those weapons have been recovered.

Mayor says she is ‘deeply shocked’ by shooting

On Sunday morning, police canvassed the neighbourhood, knocking on doors in the hopes of finding witnesses and security camera video.

Officers also sent out a drone to obtain an aerial view of the crime scene and brought in a metal detector to scan for stray bullets in the grass.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a statement Sunday that her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of this senseless act of gun violence in our city, it’s simply unacceptable. I urge anyone with information to contact police immediately,” Crombie said.

“As a member of the police board, I am committed to ensuring Mississauga remains one of the safest cities by working to get illegal guns off our streets.”

Crombie also thanked Peel police and paramedics who “swiftly” went to the scene.

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