Nova Scotia to receive federal disaster financial assistance, military aid – National


Nova Scotia will receive disaster financial assistance and military assistance from the federal government to deal with post-tropical storm Fiona, the province’s emergency management minister said in a press conference on Saturday.

John Lohr, Nova Scotia’s minister responsible for emergency management, said the storm has hit Cape Breton “very hard.”

Local states of emergency have been declared in two areas, including Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) and Victoria County this morning.

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“We will be moving resources there as quickly as we can to help them,” said Lohr. “So to the mayor of CBRM, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the many people in your community who have been so severely affected.”

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Lohr added that the Nova Scotia government’s “thoughts and prayers” are with other affected provinces — Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec — as well.

Fiona made landfall in Nova Scotia’s eastern Guysborough County early Saturday morning, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre. The post-tropical storm will continue to move northeastward throughout the day and is expected to reach Quebec on Sunday.

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Hurricane warning lifted for Halifax as Storm Fiona wreaks havoc on eastern Canada

Meanwhile, provincial and federal politicians are sending their thoughts to those who are affected — and asking the public to stay home.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet that he is “thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Fiona.”

“I want you to know that we’re here for you.,” said Trudeau, adding that he convened an Incident Response Group meeting with Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and officials this morning.

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“Our government stands ready to support the provinces with additional resources,” said Trudeau.

Due to the ongoing impact of the post-tropical storm, Trudeau’s Friday evening trip to Japan was delayed until Sunday. He is expected to attend former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral on Tuesday.

Blair tweeted on Saturday that Fiona is continuing to make its way through Atlantic Canada, with strong winds and heavy rain being felt across the region.

“As we wait for it to pass through, stay inside, follow the advice from your local authorities, and stay safe,” he said.

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Tim Houston, Nova Scotia premier, published a tweet that asks Nova Scotians to stay close to home if it is safe as the storm makes its way through areas of Cape Breton.

“Please check in on your family, friends and neighbours,” wrote Houston. “Together, we’ll weather the storm. Stay safe everyone.”

In Quebec, Francois Legault, the province’s premier and leader of Coalition Avenir Quebec, said he has suspended his election campaign “until further notice” so the provincial government could focus on dealing with Fiona.

“We’re thinking of the people from Côte-Nord, Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands. Hurricane Fiona appears to be heading directly towards the Islands,” Legault said. “We’re hoping for the best, but the whole government is staying ready.

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“You’re made strong, Madelinots. Know that all of Quebec is with you.”

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Hurricane Fiona: Looking at storm’s forecast in Atlantic Canada

Hurricane Fiona: Looking at storm’s forecast in Atlantic Canada

With power outages caused by post-tropical storm Fiona affecting many Atlantic Canadians, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said telecom services are vital.

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“I expect all providers to ensure their services are working to the fullest extent possible in these circumstances and to assist each other if services go down,” said Champagne.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the government continues to monitor the situation and remains in close communication with its emergency response partners.

“Please stay safe and avoid going outdoors when not necessary,” he said.

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said in a tweet that “seeing the devastating images after Hurricane Fiona hit Atlantic Canada is heart breaking.”

“As clean up begins, know that Canadians across this country will be there with you every step of the way and that we have your back,” said Singh.

In a statement, Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre said the party will “ensure the federal government stands with provinces and municipalities while they restore services and provide emergency services for those in need.”

“Conservatives will do whatever we can to support these efforts and we stand shoulder to shoulder with Canadians as the storm continues,” it reads. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Atlantic Canada at this frightening and uncertain time.”

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Former Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole also tweeted his concern for Canadians in Atlantic Canada on Saturday morning.

“Thinking of Atlantic Canada today as they begin to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona,” said O’Toole. “Images out of Port Aux Basques are heartbreaking.”

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