Explosion wracks off-grid Kaz home

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by Mary Fahey on August 16, 2017

Nicole Fortin wasn’t home when her house in Kazabazua exploded, but her dog Whiskey Jack was. The husky mix suffered burns to his snout and he’ll need his two front teeth removed after flying debris struck him in the face. Photo courtesy Nicole Constantineau

Nicole Fortin wasn’t home when her house in Kazabazua exploded, but her dog Whiskey Jack was. The husky mix
suffered burns to his snout and he’ll need his two front teeth removed after flying debris struck him in the face.
Photo courtesy Nicole Constantineau

When Nicole Fortin returned to her Kazabazua home on the evening of Aug. 6 after a day of working and fishing, she found her patio door blown off.

The scene she came upon when she entered her house looked like an earthquake had struck: the tops of her walls were blown out from underneath her roof by a foot, her washing machine was tossed to the opposite side of the room like a toy, her glassware was shattered, the screens had been blown out of her windows, and a small fire was burning in the middle of her floor. [click to continue…]

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At 71 Chelsea woman sets off on 800km walk

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by admin on August 16, 2017

Suzanne Cayer loves to walk alone in nature, or with one of her Gatineau Hills walking groups. Shauna McGinn photo

Suzanne Cayer loves to walk alone in nature, or with one of her Gatineau
Hills walking groups. Shauna McGinn photo

By Shauna McGinn

Suzanne Cayer remembers the exact moment she knew she had to go on a long walk. It was about four years ago, when she was living outside of Sherbrooke. Cayer was reading the newspaper and noticed a short article about a local man who was embarking on an extensive walk through France and Spain – a pilgrimage of sorts. She said the photo of the man dressed in his walking gear, backpack and all, struck her. “I knew right away,” she said, “I have to walk.” [click to continue…]

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So what’s going to happen to the rails?

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CCPA loses court challenge

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