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Municipal officials say that HRM Order doesn’t end Stacey Gomez’ tenancy

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Halifax, NS (October 31, 2022) – On October 25th, municipal officials notified tenant Stacey Gomez that landlord Marcus Ranjbar  (4364812 Nova Scotia Limited) had been issued an HRM Order to Vacate Unsafe Property for his Church St. building due to elevated levels of mould detected in an air quality test. Ms. Gomez and Mr. Ranjbar are in an ongoing renoviction battle. While the landlord claims that Ms. Gomez’ tenancy is immediately terminated as a result of the HRM Order, videos shared with media tell a different story.

The videos were recorded on October 25th, 2022, the day HRM officials came to notify Ms. Gomez of the HRM Order. The videos show Ms. Gomez and two of her guests having a conversation with HRM officials Shawn Kennedy (Assistant Building Official), Adam Sadler (HRM Building Official) and Officer Bing with HRM Compliance.

“Everything under the Landlord tenancy act, all those rights, that all still applies. This has nothing to do with that,” said Officer Bing in one video clip.

Later on, he states: “Under these orders, you are still allowed to come back in, like if you decide, ‘Oh, I forgot this,’ or ‘There is something I need.” So, it’s not like you have to bring everything with you. The landlord still does have to allow you access in and out, you just can’t reside in here until the mould issues are fixed.

However, on October 27, 2022, Mr. Ranjbar told Saltwire: “I could have had the sheriff go there on the same day of order to vacate and forcefully took her stuff out, but I didn’t do that.” The landlord’s statements are not in line with what is stated by HRM officials.

When Ms. Gomez asked HRM officials how long the HRM Order would be in effect, Mr. Kennedy said that there would be more clarity on this once the restoration crew came in to do an evaluation. He expected to have a timeline within 2 to 3 weeks.

“As it was explained to me by HRM officials, the municipal order issued to the landlord means that tenants like myself aren’t able to stay in the building for extended periods of time, until the problem is fixed. However, they said that I didn’t have to move out under this HRM Order and assured me multiple times that my tenancy rights would remain in effect, including the landlord needing to give me proper notice to enter my unit and me being able to return to my unit.

Tenancy rights are provincial, not municipal. Landlord’s must go through the proper channels with the province, including a Residential Tenancies hearing and the granting of an eviction order before they can evict someone legally. I have spoken to the Residential Tenancies Program and they confirmed that there aren’t exceptions to these rules. Currently, my tenancy rights are being violated. I’ve been locked out of my home by the landlord, without an eviction order,” said Ms. Gomez.

On October 28, 2022, Ms. Gomez spoke with an official from the Mayor’s office who reiterated: “You still do have your tenancy rights.”

On October 30, 2022, the landlord removed Ms. Gomez’s possessions from the unit, without her authorization. Ms. Gomez says that her tenancy remains in effect.

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U.S. President Joe Biden steps aside as Democratic candidate, ending re-election bid

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WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden is removing his name as the Democratic candidate in the November election following weeks of mounting pressure over the 81-year-old’s mental acuity and ability to win the faceoff with Republican rival Donald Trump.

Biden says it has been his greatest honour to serve but he believes it is in the best interest of his party to stand down and focus solely on fulfilling his duties as president for the rest of his term.

Growing numbers of Democrats were urging Biden to drop out following a disastrous debate performance against Trump and multiple missteps on the world stage during the recent NATO leaders’ summit in Washington.

Biden told supporters Friday he was ready to get back on the road this week after recovering from COVID-19, which he contracted during a critical time for his campaign.

Biden criticized Trump’s acceptance speech at last week’s Republican National Convention, saying it presented a dark vision for the future, and indicated he would forge ahead with his own campaign.

But he issued a social media post on Sunday afternoon saying he would not be running, adding he will speak to the nation and provide more detail later this week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2024.

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Joy in Newfoundland after ‘Lucky 7’ fishers survive harrowing days lost at sea

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NEW-WES-VALLEY, N.L. – There was a powerful word being repeated in the joyful Newfoundland community of New-Wes-Valley on Sunday: “Miracle.”

Over and over, residents out walking or chatting to one another in local stores said the fact that seven fishermen from the area had somehow survived roughly 48 hours in a life raft in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and were found by search and rescue crews was nothing short of miraculous.

“It’s once in a lifetime you’ll see something like this, when all the people survive,” said Frank Granter, who worked for the Canadian Coast Guard for 35 years. He was out walking through the sunny, seaside community on Sunday afternoon, stopping to talk to neighbours about the rescue ahead of an evening parade to celebrate the men’s survival.

Daphne Crocker leaned over her balcony and spread out her hands. “What a mighty God we serve,” she said about the fishermen coming home.

Granter agreed it was a miracle the Lucky 7 returned. “But October, November, it would have been a different story,” he said.

The Elite Navigator fishing boat and its crew seemed to vanish on Wednesday night. The craft was reported missing on Thursday after transmitting its final signal at around 8:30 p.m. the night before, the Canadian Coast Guard said. The vessel had caught fire and sank, forcing the crew to hastily disembark and wait for rescue on the life raft.

A massive search soon followed, involving four coast guard ships, a Cormorant helicopter, a Hercules aircraft and many local fishing vessels.

In New-Wes-Valley, which is an amalgamation of three small fishing communities along Newfoundland’s northeast coast, people braced for the worst. Fishing is among Canada’s deadliest professions, and tragedy is a common thread linking people in fishing communities across Atlantic Canada.

But on Friday night, out on the Atlantic ocean, searchers saw a light from a flare. It brought them to a life raft, where the seven fishermen — the Lucky 7 — were waiting.

Fisher Toby Peddle was among them. He said he was terrified as he jumped off the sinking fishing boat as it was pulled down into the depths. He can’t swim, he said, and he didn’t have a survival suit on.

“It was either jump and risk drowning or stay and be burned,” he said in an interview Sunday. “There was no time to think about it. I just knew I had to jump.”

He said the captain and another crew member, Jordan Lee King, had made a plan to reach him as soon as they hit the water.

“Jordan had said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll catch you before you even get in the water,’” recalled Peddle.

Sure enough, when Peddle jumped, King kept him afloat and quickly brought him to the raft, the fisherman said.

“I was relieved I made it to the raft. I couldn’t swim a stroke to save my life,” he said.

Peddle praised the actions of the captain.

“He did the best job he could have possibly done. He kept everyone calm in the life raft for over 48 hours. He’s a hero.”

“He just kept telling us, ‘We’re going to be fine. They know where we are, they’ll find us,’” he added.

He said it was very hard hearing the sound of helicopters flying overhead and realizing pilots were unable to see the life raft through fog. It was “the worst feeling of all,” he said.

They fired the final smoke flare in the boat at dusk on Friday, and it was spotted by the coast guard, he said. When he saw a helicopter flying overhead, “it was a moment of relief.”

At the wharf in New-Wes-Valley on Sunday afternoon, Peter Barfoot’s phone was pinging relentlessly in his pocket. He is good friends with David Tiller, one of the rescued fishermen, and he’d just launched a fundraising campaign to buy Tiller a new guitar.

The instrument went down with the Elite Navigator and Barfoot said it was “a no-brainer” to mount an effort to buy him a new one. He’d raised about $1,600 by Sunday afternoon.

“They’re heroes,” Barfoot said, shaking his head in disbelief. “How often do you hear this? It was a dire situation that turned into what it is now … They’re alive. They got a second chance at their life.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 20, 2024.

— With files from Michael Tutton in Halifax

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