Four stories in the news today, Aug. 31 from The Canadian Press:
THOUSANDS STILL BLACKED OUT IN B.C.
It was the windstorm of the decade, and its effects are expected to be felt for some time yet across southwestern British Columbia. More than 90,000 people who were among the half-million blacked out on Saturday are still waiting for BC Hydro to turn the lights back on. Hundreds of fallen trees and branches litter the streets and the clean up is just beginning.
ATLANTIC PREMIERS AND GOVERNORS TALK CLIMATE AND ENERGY
Energy and climate change will top the agenda today as eastern premiers and New England governors meet in St. John’s. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis is hosting the 39th annual conference of regional leaders. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will be there along with the four Atlantic premiers and governors from the six New England states.
SKYGREECE PASSENGERS AWAIT ANSWERS
Passengers stranded by the grounding of SkyGreece Airlines may hear today about how quickly the Canadian Transportation Agency will deal with a complaint filed on their behalf. The agency is giving SkyGreece until 5 p.m. E.T. to respond to a complaint filed by a passenger rights advocate. Gabor Lukacs has asked the federal agency to order the airline to rebook stranded passengers on other airlines within 24 hours and put up $8.7 million of security to cover passenger claims.
IT’S THE DAWN OF THE ‘AGRIHOOD’ AGE
Community agriculture is going mainstream. No longer limited to a few gardening boxes in old parking lots, the trend is taking centre stage in new housing developments being built around the idea of community-grown local food. So-called agrihoods have already sprung up across the U.S. and now they’re taking root in Canada.