Sherbrooke woman among 5 Quebec residents killed in Air Algerie crash

WATCH ABOVE: An Algerian flight disappeared from radar over Mali, shortly after taking off from Burkina Faso. There were 116 people on board, including five Canadians. Eric Sorensen reports.

TORONTO – A woman from Sherbrooke, Que., and four Montreal-area family members were aboard the Air Algerie flight that is presumed to have crashed in northern Mali early Thursday.

Isabelle Prevost, a 35-year-old mother of three, died in the crash according to her father Jean-Pierre Prevost who spoke with Global News. Prevost’s son is nine years old and her daughters are five and seven.

Air Algerie Flight AH5017 went down about 50 kilometres from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali. (Global News)

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Prevost said his daughter had travelled to Burkina Faso with family friends to attend a 50th wedding anniversary. He said the friends, a couple and their two children, lived in Longueuil in Montreal’s South Shore.

The victim’s family gathered at the Prevost home in Sherbrooke to mourn their loss and wait for more information as to what happened to their loved ones.

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“We are still waiting for news, all my children are here,” said Prevost. “The family of my son-in-law is here with us and we are still waiting for news.”

Neither Isabelle’s husband nor the three children accompanied her on the trip, said the father.

The five Quebec residents  were on a flight heading from Berkina Faso to Algiers, when the twin engine jet went down about 50 kilometres from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali.

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that five Canadians were among the 116 passengers on board the flight.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to the victims’ families in a statement Thursday afternoon.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragedy. The Government of Canada is engaged with the relevant authorities and providing support on the ground as required.”

The Air Algerie crash follows a string of aviation disasters that included a Malaysia Airlines flight shot down last week and a plane crash in Taiwan which killed 48 people.

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Ghost Town Mysteries: The “stolen” light bulbs of Anyox, B.C.

Some ghost towns leave few clues to their history. Anyox is not one of them.

60 kilometres southwest of Stewart, on the coast of the Observatory Inlet, Anyox was once one of the most successful resource towns of the north. Mining mostly copper, the town grew to over 3,000 people in its 1920s peak.

Today, the Hydroelectric Dam – the tallest in Canada when it was built – and the Power House stand, remnants of a thriving company town.

GALLERY: Current photos of Anyox

Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

The shores of Observatory Inlet next to Anyox

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The inside of Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

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The shores of Observatory Inlet next to Anyox

Istvan Hernadi

The Anyox Dam, built by John Samuel Eastwood

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Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

But perhaps most distinctive were the light bulbs, which had “Stolen” etched on them.

“Where did you get a “stolen” light bulb?” asked Istvan Hernadi, when he saw one for the first time.

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You could call Hernadi the Professor of Ghost Towns. A lifelong explorer, he’s leading a five-day program with the University of Northern British Columbia this summer called “Ghost Towns of Northwest BC.” People will explore lost stories of B.C. in the area, guided by Hernadi’s immense knowledge of places like Anyox.

Even he didn’t know why the light bulb, which was owned by a person who had several Anyox artifacts, had “Stolen” on them.

The answer, though, is fairly simple.

The Granby Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company, which ran the mine, smelter and brickyard in town, continued to have its light bulbs taken by their workers.

“Due to shortages of bulbs at the store, workers used to take bulbs from the offices and factory for use at home,” said Hernadi.

“Their solution was to contract with a supplier who would stamp all the official light bulbs with the word “STOLEN” in large capital letters, as this would discourage use of them in the residences and rooming houses.”

Was shaming the residents effective? Not particularly. According to a Geoscience Canada article, “some households blatantly displayed the bulbs with the incriminating word while others went to some effort to sand the evidence from the glass.”

It was just one unique slice of life in a very electric town. It had a nine-hole golf course. A three-story general store. A 45-room hotel.

Life in the town of Anyox

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Life in the town of Anyox

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The wharf in Anyox

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Life in the town of Anyox

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Life in the town of Anyox

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A town map of Anyox

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The smelter in Anyox

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Granby paid taxes for their employee, meaning virtually everyone in the town lived tax-free. There were multiple Masonic and OddFellow Lodges. Archival pictures from the town show tennis tournaments, parades, and labour disputes.

And then it quickly came to an end. Copper prices quickly fell as the Depression began. Nearly 50 million kilograms of copper sat unsold in early 1935. Months later, Granby shut down mining operations. A fire destroyed most of the town in 1942.

Today, private investors own the site. There’s been talk in past years of revitalizing the historic dam, though nothing has come to fruition. At least yet.

“This ghost town may come back to life and take her rightful place once again, as a jewel of the north,” says Hernadi.

The light bulbs, however, will always remain stolen.

Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

The shores of Observatory Inlet next to Anyox

Istvan Hernadi

The inside of Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

The shores of Observatory Inlet next to Anyox

Istvan Hernadi

The Anyox Dam, built by John Samuel Eastwood

Istvan Hernadi

Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

“Ghost Town Mysteries” is a semi-regular online series exploring some of the strange sights from B.C.’s past.

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Collision with speeding cyclist on seawall sends American tourist to hospital with broken back – BC

An American tourist is speaking out from her hospital bed today as she recovers from serious injuries resulting from a frightening run-in with several cyclists on Saturday.

Charmaine Mitchell, who is from Virginia, says she and her friend from Vancouver were walking on the seawall in Stanley Park when she was literally knocked off the seawall by speeding cyclists.

Mitchell says a group of cyclists were racing along the seawall, around a corner just past Second Beach when the crash occurred.

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The two of the racers made it past Charmaine and her friend, but the last one crossed into the pedestrian path and smashed right into her, sending her plunging 10 feet over the wall onto the rocks below.

Mitchell is in hospital with three fractured vertebrae. She has undergone surgery, and now has two steel rods and eight screws in her back.

In addition, she has a broken knee and a broken toe. A park ranger was able to talk to the man who crashed into her and get his information.

Since the accident, Vancouver Police have been spotted clocking cyclists on the seawall with a radar gun, measuring their speed.

Mitchell’s four children in Virginia are working on getting expedited passports so they can travel to Vancouver to be with their mom.

VPD say they took a report of cyclist-pedestrian collision Saturday night.

They say they have spoken to the cyclist involved and continue to investigate, but say it appears to be an accident.

– with files from John Daly

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Coyotes attack dog in southwest Edmonton; family warning pet owners – Edmonton

Watch above: An Edmonton family is warning others to keep a close eye on their pets after their dog was attacked. Eric Szeto explains.

EDMONTON – The Farthings have a warning for other Edmonton pet owners after a traumatizing incident unfolded before their eyes earlier this week.

Renet Farthing’s husband had just set out to walk their Rhodesian Ridgeback offleash in Riverbend Tuesday evening when a pack of coyotes appeared.

“About five, six coyotes came after the dog. She obviously took off, everything happened so fast,” said Farthing, who was in the front yard at the time.

“They weren’t scared, they were aggressive…they were very aggressive. They had a mission in mind and they knew what they wanted to do.”

The dog eventually managed to escape, but not before the coyotes wounded both of her legs, which are now covered in more than a dozen stitches.

Some of Portia’s stiches on one of her legs. There was a tube put into her leg that drains fluid and blood so she doesn’t get an infection.

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Farthing says she’s just grateful that her dog is still with the family, and that there weren’t any young children around. She adds that the coyotes regularly roam up and down the streets in the neighbourhood.

Earlier this year, there was another coyote attack at a nearby dog park.

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Farthing would like to see the coyote population culled. But experts argue against that.

“Many studies have shown that when you try to cull animals like coyotes, wolves, cougars, bears — they’re so responsive to those openings in territories that, actually, the rate of reproduction increases,” explained biology professor Colleen Cassady St. Clair.

She believes a better solution would be training the animals to be more afraid of humans. City of Edmonton park ranger Ramsey Cox agrees.

“One of the most important things to do when you encounter a coyote is to make yourself big, make a lot of noise, make that experience for the coyote a negative one,” he said.

“So throw pebbles, throw stones, throw sticks and make sure that coyote associates people with a negative experience.”

It’s also recommended that you keep your dog on a leash, especially at night.

By some estimates, there are upwards of 400 coyotes in the city, with most dwelling in the Edmonton River Valley. They tend to come out at night or early morning and can travel up to 20 kilometres a day searching for food.

“You could say coyotes are encroaching on people habitat, as well as people encroaching on coyote habitat. And when those two are happening simultaneously, as they tend to do in new developments…then conflict is even more likely,” Cassady St. Clair explained.

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She says this kind of an attack is rare; and thinks it was likely caused by the coyotes feeling threatened that the dog was in their territory.

For Renet Farthing, that doesn’t bring much comfort.

“It’s hard not be scared.”

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Putnam, Petrovic share early lead at RBC Canadian Open

WATCH ABOVE: Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith was the surprise story of the first round after carding a 5-under 65 to sit one back

MONTREAL – Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic mastered the afternoon winds to shoot six-under-par 64s and take a share of the first-round lead at the US$5.7 million RBC Canadian Open on Thursday.

But the surprise of the day was big-hitting amateur Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., who shot five-under 65 for a share of third place with Kyle Stanley.

Putnam and Petrovic played bogey-free golf at the 7,153-yard par-70 Blue Course at Royal Montreal on a near perfect day for scoring, with sunny weather and soft greens from heavy rains the previous day.

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A gust wind came in for the those with afternoon starts, but it didn’t stop Putnam or Petrovic from shooting the low scores of the day, which set the course record for an opening round.

“It was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway and take advantage of the soft greens to hit a couple of shots close and make a couple of five-to-ten-foot putts,” said Putnam, who has been playing his best golf of the season of late with top-35 finishes in his last three outings.

The 47-year-old Petrovic didn’t know he would play until he got a call on Tuesday saying he was in as the seventh alternate. The former PGA Tour regular, playing only his eighth Tour event this season, didn’t even have his name on the program.

There was no rust in his game, however.

“I didn’t set my expectations high because I got in late, so this was kind of my practice round,” said Petrovic. “I walked the back nine (Wednesday).

“It wasn’t that I played conservative. I was just trying to hit fairways and greens, trying to see the golf course and see if I could make a few putts. I drove the ball pretty good overall.”

There were 11 players tied at 4-under 66, including Nick Watney and Charl Schwartzel, and another 16 at 3-under 67, including David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and two-time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk.

Another dozen were at 2-under 68 and there were 23 at 1-under 69, including top-ranked Canadian Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., and defending champion Brandt Snedeker.

Another sunny day is forecast for the second round on Friday, with a possibility of wet weather on the weekend.

The 23-year-old Pendrith, Canada’s top amateur, had a dream day in his first round of his first Canadian Open. He recently graduated from Kent State University and hopes to play in the world amateur championships this summer before likely turning pro in the fall.

Although it’s early, he’s one stroke off the lead of a tournament no Canadian has won since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

“I never expected that,” said Pendrith. “I was playing good golf coming in here, so I just played golf.

“Five-under is pretty nice. Everybody has some nerves. If you didn’t have nerves on the first tee something would be wrong with you. But after I played the first hole, I felt calm and felt I should be here.”

He played in the last threesome to tee off in the afternoon, when the worst of the wind was up, but used his long drives to cut through the tree-lined fairways and get close to the greens. He had seven birdies, including one on a putt that trickled in on the 18th, and two bogeys.

“The front nine suits my game a lot,” he said. “I can shoot driver nearly every hole.

“I had four birdies on the front nine, all with wedges.”

Pendrith is 18th in world amateur rankings, tops among Canadians. He and fellow national team members Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., who shot even-par 70, and Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., who was at 4-over 74, were given entries into the Open.

Stanley’s 5-under was the best among the early tee times.

“I love this golf course,” the Gig Harbor, Wash., native said. “It’s similar to the one I grew up with in Washington, so I felt pretty comfortable.

“I hit the ball well on my first nine today. I was able to make a few of the long range putts that got the round going for me.”

The soft greens made for ideal scoring conditions, but Stanley said the course is still a challenge.

“That front nine is pretty difficult,” he said. “There’s a couple of mid-irons into the par-3s and a 500-yard par-4 (the fourth), so it’s a kind of sneaky-demanding course.”

Stanley is best known for posting his only PGA Tour win a week after a memorable collapse.

In 2012, he blew a six-shot lead in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open and lost in a playoff to Snedeker, then bounced back with a victory at the Phoenix Open.

This season has been trying for the 26-year-old. He sits 164th in FedEx Cup standings with only one top-25 finish, which was in October.

He said it was premature to think about turning the season around after one good round.

“There’s a ton of golf left,” he said. “It’s nice to get a round like this because it shows I’m working on the right things.”

Hearn had a great round going until he bogeyed the 14th and 15th on his back nine. He recovered with a birdie at the 16th.

“Any day you come off the course and shoot 3-under and feel you left a few out there, you feel it’s a good day,” said Hearn. “I’m not overly disappointed with the way I played.

“I hit the ball great from tee to green. If I can continue to do that for the rest of the week I know I’m going to play well.”

It was a rough opening round for some. Both Stephen Ames of Calgary and one of the tournament favourites, Dustin Johnson, shot 4-over 74. John Daly had 6-over 76, Scott McCarron turned in a 78 and Erik Compton shot 79.

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