Nov 16

Flin Flon propane explosion injures one, blast felt across community

A propane explosion at a Stittco Energy Ltd. garage in Flin Flon left one person injured Wednesday morning.

The explosion happened around 8 a.m, and was felt across the community, knocking out power in the area and damaging surrounding structures and vehicles. It completely destroyed Stittco Energy on Third Avenue.

One resident says the blast shook their home so hard it smashed their front window, and sent their plants and art work to the floor.

“There was a huge crashing sound and it felt like the floor dropped below my feet and the whole house shook,” Laura Sparling said.

“I could see a flash of light from the corner of my eye and I looked out the window to catch the exploding building.”

Sparling says the force of the explosion was so great it blew open the dead-bolted front door to their home.

The blast happened after there was an unexpected leak when employees at the propane supply company were doing repair work, said Mark Kolt, Flin Flon’s chief administrative officer.

Aftermath of explosion in Flin Flon.

Flin Flon Reminder. Photos by Jonathon Naylor

One person was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and a number of nearby businesses were evacuated.

Flin Flon Reminder. Photos by Jonathon Naylor

One person was injured with non-life threatening injuries, and some businesses around the area were evacuated, RCMP said.

Police are working with the office of the fire commissioner investigating the matter.

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Nov 16

Police looking for 2 Good Samaritans who saved Ontario woman from burning wreckage

Police in eastern Ontario are hoping to identify two Good Samaritans who saved a woman’s life by pulling her car away from burning wreckage after a collision that left an 18-year-old man dead.

Ontario Provincial Police responded to a collision on Highway 15 near Frayn Road just after midnight on May 7 in the Rideau Lakes Township of Lombardy, Ont.

A Pontiac Sunfire was travelling southbound on Highway 15 when police said it crossed the centre lane and collided head-on with a Volkswagen.

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Officers arrived at the scene, but the Pontiac was already fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene but the unnamed 18-year-old from Portland, Ont. was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prior to police arriving, two men driving in an older model blue or black pickup truck arrived at the collision.

The men then used a tow strap to move the Volkswagen, which had a 48-year-old Kitchener woman trapped inside, further away from the flaming Pontiac.

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Police said if it had not been for the unknown men’s “selfless acts” the woman could have been killed.

“Had that vehicle not been pulled away, it would have been a different story. Absolutely it would have been a different story. We probably, to be honest with you, would have had a double fatal,” said Const. Sandra Barr.

“Unfortunately those two males got away before somebody was able to get some names and so forth but we’d like to recognize them.”

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The woman was then airlifted to hospital with serious injuries and Barr said she is recovering.

“Some people they just do what they believe needs to be done and then they just leave. They’re not looking for recognition or whatever, some people are just like that,” Barr said.

Police believe the men travelled southbound on Highway 15 after the collision and are asking them, anyone who knows their identities, or anyone who stopped to render assistance to contact Leeds OPP Staff Sgt. Jason Butcher or Const. Chuck Doran at 1-888-310-1122 or 613-345-1790.

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Nov 16

‘It was just pure grace’: dog saved from euthanasia when vet finds paralyzing tick

Ollie the Sheltie’s owners are calling it a miracle that their furry friend was saved from euthanasia when a paralyzing tick was discovered behind his ear.

The Meteney family, from Portland, Ore., had returned from a camping trip earlier this month when 10-year-old Ollie became increasingly lethargic. According to the DoveLewis Animal Hospital, Ollie was previously a healthy and active dog.

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The Meteneys took Ollie to their regular veterinarian who couldn’t find a cause for his illness, despite conducting an array of tests.

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Ollie’s health continued to deteriorate.

He could no longer stand, walk, eat or “do his business” on his own.

“We were at a complete loss,” Al Meteney said. “What do you do in that situation? He is part of our family, and we’ve always tried to provide the best care we can for him.”

 They decided to put Ollie down.

Veterinarian Dr. Adam Stone was preparing to put Ollie to sleep when veterinary student Neena Golden felt a strange lump behind the dog’s ear.

The lump turned out to be a tick that had latched onto the pup even though he was wearing a tick collar during the camping trip.

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Stone recalled a rare condition he had learned about in school but had never encountered before: tick paralysis.

The animal hospital said the condition occurs when a tick of a certain species secretes saliva into the dog’s system over a prolonged period, causing paralysis.

Instead of being put down, Ollie was sent home with his family to see if his condition would improve with the tick removed.

“The next morning my mom opened the door and said, ‘Look at your doggie,’” Falline Meteney told KPTV. “He comes walking up to me and I’m barely awake and he just smiled at me.”

Ollie was one minute away from being put down and the Meteneys are calling the incident a “miracle recovery.”

“It was just pure grace that the people found something and decided to check it out further,” Falline said.

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Nov 16

Tesla Motors to ‘massively’ expand supercharger network in Ontario and Quebec

Tesla Motors is giving its network of high-powered charging stations in Ontario and Quebec a serious jolt.

The California-based carmaker announced Wednesday it plans to add five new charging locations to the 10 already installed in eastern Canada by the end of the summer.

Telsa recently opened its latest station in Grimbsy, Ont. last week which it says will allow drivers to travel between west New York, Niagara Falls, and into Toronto and Detroit.

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The new stations announced on Wednesday include Huntsville and Parry Sound in Ontario and Magog, Montreal and Riviere du Loup in Quebec.

Telsa says a supercharger station can add up to 200 km of range in as little as 20 minutes of charging.

There are currently 18 supercharger stations across Canada —; six in British Columbia, two in Alberta, eight in Ontario and two in Quebec.

Tesla says it currently has more than 600 supercharger stations and over 3,000 connectors worldwide.

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Pre-orders for Tesla Model 3, a vehicle being marketed to the general consumer with a starting price of US$35,000, has already reached over 320,000 and worth an estimated US$14 billion.

Production for the highly sought after electric vehicle model won’t go into production until the end of 2017.

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