A United Church in Pacquet, Newfoundland caught fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Witnesses described smoke billowing out of the roof as the flames engulfed the building.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, 2019 was an unusually bad year in Atlantic Canada for accidents such as drownings and house fires.
The organization notes that residential fires have claimed the lives of at least 24 people in 2019 across the Atlantic provinces.
CTV reported that Nova Scotia saw at least twelve deaths due to fire-related incidents, while New Brunswick saw nine. Both P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador had two fire-related deaths
A single house fire in Halifax claimed the lives of seven children in February. They were children in a family of immigrants who moved to Canada from Syria.
In 2019, Atlantic Canada had about 34 deaths that were water-related. One of the incidents took the lives of seven men who crash landed into a lake while flying in a float plane last July. The plane was on route to a fishing lodge in Labrador.
Apart from the plane crash, Newfoundland and Labrador saw at least eight more water-related deaths in 2019
There were 14 reported water-related deaths in Nova Scotia, P.E.I saw four and New Brunswick saw one.
A woman claims that a Liberal staffer grabbed her and forced her to leave a campaign event after she confronted the prime minister with a question.
April Halley was at a St. John’s, N.L. campaign stop when she asked the prime minister to discuss women’s incarceration issues.
One woman, who is not a member of the media, took it into her own hands to ask the PM about sexual assaults in prisons.
Didn’t catch the first part of her questioning but she stormed to the front by a reporter.
She was escorted out after. @VOCMNEWS #cdnpoli #nlpoli pic.twitter.com/g5nzJGX6c4— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphy590) September 17, 2019
Halley told The Post Millennial that she approached the prime minister for an answer about Corrections Canada’s decision to allow biological men who identify as women to be held in women’s prisons.
“Corrections previous policy stated that only a male who had surgically altered his genitals could be housed in a women’s prison, Trudeau’s change (which eventually became Bulletin 584) made it so all a man has to do is say he is a woman and he can be housed in a women’s correctional facility,” said Halley.
“We make sure that Corrections Canada keeps the safety of all prisoners at the top of mind every step of the way. We do that with a way that’s consistent with the charter of rights and freedoms,” said Trudeau in response to the question.
“There are rapists in women’s prisons and you personally forced it,” says Halley during the press conference.
Shortly after the encounter, one member of the audience could be seen escorting the woman out of the room.
“His staff were unnecessarily aggressive, his staff member repeatedly grabbed me. This was totally uncalled for because when they asked me to leave the building I began to so quietly and without protest,” said Halley.
“The behaviour of the male Liberal staff member was abhorrent.”
Perry Trimper, a cabinet minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, issued a statement Friday “acknowledging the hurt caused by his statements and saying he is stepping down as environment minister, effective immediately,” reports The Canadian Press.
The resignation came one day after a recording was released wherein Trimper can be heard accusing the Innu of Labrador of being prone to playing “the race card” to get what they want. He was immediately accused of racial profiling and subsequently stepped down. Liberal Premier Dwight Ball accepted his resignation.
“My government values the relationship with the Innu Nation,” writes Ball, “and holds the Innu Nation in the highest respect.”
The recording is from a voicemail message to the Innu nation about vehicle registration, but the controversial part came after Trimper failed to hang up the phone properly and the Innu were able to hear his private, personal thoughts on the issue.
“They’re accusing us of having bias on motor vehicle registration,” said Trimper, “saying that people taking the test don’t have adequate translators, and it’s their God-given right to have adequate translation.”
Someone else in the room then say, “You can’t have it all in every language. … They have a feeling of entitlement.”
“And the race card comes up all of the time,” Trimper continues. “I’ve been working 30 years with you guys, don’t play that on me.”
Trimper’s blunder immediately sparked shock and outrage, with many coming out to condemn Trimper and defend the government’s stance on indigenous issues and relations, saying that his comments are not representative of government.
Trimper also issued an apology and says he’ll work to repair relations from outside his former cabinet position.
“I regret that I said these words,” Trimper told St. John’s radio station VOCM. “I need to apologize, and I want to apologize. … Those words don’t reflect me. I drifted away from the person I aspired to be.”
Ball says that Trimper showed genuine remorse for what he said.
Sixteen have been arrested for drug trafficking on Newfoundland’s west coast between August 27-31. The arrests are a result of a Newfoundland RCMP operation, Project Bullfight, conducted by Bay St. George and Channel-Port-aux Basques RCMP Detachments and supported by the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime units from St. John’s and Gander and RCMP Police Dog Services. Those arrested vary in age, from as young as 18 to 59.
According to a news release, police were able to execute multiple search warrants in six communities across the province, including Lourdes, Three Rock Cove, Stephenville Crossing, Flat Bay, Port-aux-Basques and Searston. As a result, police seized over $62,000 worth of illicit drugs and substances, including cocaine, prescription pills, cannabis and cannabis resin, as well as over $90,000 cash as proceeds of crime, seven firearms and ammunition, as well as other evidence related to the illicit trafficking of drugs and cannabis.
The items seized by police include:
- 25 grams (g) cocaine
- 1600 prescription pills, including oxycodone, hydromorphone, codeine, benzodiazepine and others
- 1 g of 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (ecstasy)
- 1597 g of cannabis marihuana
- 414 g of cannabis resin (shatter)
- 256 edible cannabis candies
- 164 g of cannabis oil
- 26 cannabis plants
- Seven firearms (six shotguns, one rifle) and ammunition
- $90,000 cash
According to police, nineteen criminal investigations comprised Project Bullfight, which were sequentially completed over a five-day period leading to the arrests of 16 individuals, three of which were already wanted on warrants.
The sixteen now face the following charges:
- Trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine).
- Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine).
- Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (oxycodone, hydromorphone, codeine, benzodiazepine).
- Possession of a controlled substance.
- Unlawful sale of cannabis.
- Possession of cannabis for the purpose of sale.
- Possession of cannabis resin for the purpose of sale.
- Possession of the proceeds of crime.
- Careless Storage of a firearm.
- Careless Storage of ammunition.
- Failure to comply with a court order.
Police say that all sixteen who were arrested have been released to appear in court at a later date.