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Families of Flight MH17 victims seek answers; parents believe daughter is still alive

WATCH: Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Dyczynski travelled from Australia to the crash site to honour their daughter who was aboard Flight MH17

TORONTO – The parents of one of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 say they still believe their daughter could be alive and are reportedly threatening to sue anyone who may suggest otherwise without showing clear evidence.

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Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Dyczynski visited the rebel-controlled crash site last week and said nothing diminished their hope that their 25-year-old daughter Fatima somehow survived.

READ MORE: Rebels lay mines near Flight MH17 crash site

“There is a small possibility that something still survived,” said Fatima’s father in an interview. “The people of Donetsk were first at the crash site and if somebody survived maybe they have taken them.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17 as it flew from Amsterdam toward Kuala Lumpur.  Officials say all 298 people aboard died.

According to the Australian Associated Press, the Dyczynskis said they would be willing to sue anyone who suggested their daughter was killed before indisputable evidence was brought to them.

The couple says they have given DNA samples to the team of investigators who are currently working to identify the bodies of the victims.

“People may say ‘how could she survive a fall of 30,000 feet?’ but it has happened in extremely rare cases that the seat has remained intact,” said Fatima’s father in an interview with The New Zealand Herald.

Fatima’s parents say their daughter, who was travelling to Australia aboard flight MH17, was scheduled to speak at the upcoming International Astronautical Congress in Toronto this September.

Despite government officials advising victims’ families against immediately travelling to Ukraine, the Dyczynskis arrived at the crash site last week and laid down flowers.

“She was full of life,” said Fatima’s mother about her only child.

“She was an aerospace engineer, she was a scientist, she was a young person with new ideas and new perspectives and new horizons,” said Jerzy, a cardiologist and acupuncturist.

Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski whose daughter, 25-year-old Fatima, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, sit on part of the wreckage of the crashed aircraft in Hrabove, Ukraine, Saturday, July 26, 2014.

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The Dyczynskis say they want their daughter’s colleagues from the space science community to become involved in the crash investigation as they believe the scientists could prevent future incidents.

Fatima’s father said he and his wife also want investigators to pursue other angles as to what may have downed Flight MH17.

“Maybe, other perspectives are important to investigate. It’s not only maybe a missile [that downed MH17] but something more,” he said. “If it would have been a missile, and the rebels shot down this aeroplane, they would not have handed out the black boxes.”

Ukraine national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Monday the plane suffered “massive explosive decompression” after it was hit by fragments he said came from a missile.

READ MORE: Missile shrapnel hit Malaysia Airlines, says Ukraine

The data recorders were sent to experts in Britain for examination.

Flight 17 went down on July 17 as it flew from Amsterdam toward Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people aboard died. The U.S. and Ukrainian governments say it was shot down by a missile fired from territory held by armed pro-Russian separatists, probably by mistake.

The separatists deny shooting down the plane; Russia says the Ukrainian military may have shot it down.

Last week, the Dyczynskis travelled from their home in Perth, Australia to honour their daughter.

They crossed territory held by pro-Russian rebels to reach the wreckage-strewn fields outside the village of Hrabove, where they sat together on part of the debris, his arm around her shoulder.

“[Fatima] was for peace. She will be forever for peace,” her father said.

– with files from The Associated Press

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Driver charged after councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon hit by car – Toronto

TORONTO – Toronto city councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is reinforcing the call for more separated bike lanes after she was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle on Sunday.

The Beaches-East York councillor told the Toronto Sun she was hit just before 11 a.m. on Woodbine Avenue near Gerrard Street and was left lying on the ground until help arrived.

McMahon told the newspaper she was taken to hospital and given a CAT scan after paramedics discovered her blood pressure was low.

The driver of the vehicle has since been charged with careless driving.

The Ward 32 councillor has always been a strong advocate for separated bike lanes and maintains more needs to be done to keep cyclists safe.

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Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede – National

CONAKRY, Guinea – Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.

The victims included children as young as 10, and most bodies brought to an overflowing morgue in the capital were still dressed in bathing suits and swim trunks. Some had bled from their mouths after their small bodies were trampled, causing internal bleeding.

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“We are not used to seeing such a large number of bodies at the same time. It’s such a tragedy, these young victims killed in the prime of their life,” said an employee at Donka Hospital where bodies awaited burial.

The hospital’s director, Dr. Fatou Sike Camara, announced the toll of 33 deaths.

President Alpha Conde went on national television to declare a week of national mourning and promised a full investigation. The capital’s beaches also were ordered closed until further notice.

“The president calls on authorities at all levels to take the necessary steps so that this same tragedy never happens again in our country,” his office later said in a statement.

More than 700 people had gathered on the beach in Conakry, the capital city, for a concert celebrating the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which featured the Guinean rap groups Instinct Killers and Banlieuzart.

Witnesses said the stampede happened after the show ended as the large crowd tried to exit through a small gate. Some people fell to the ground and were trampled.

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Sunscreen and you: the uncoated, goopy facts about sun protection – Toronto

TORONTO- Walk into any store and you’ll find shelves packed tightly with a variety of sunscreens.

While there are many brands,  sunscreens work in one of two ways; either reflect or absorb UV radiation. But for it to do the job it has to be applied correctly.

“What we usually recommend is for people to apply it every two hours, to apply it before sun exposure and then re-apply it,” said dermatologist Anatoli Freiman.

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A sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is generally recommended and you don’t need to buy special children’s formulas according to Freiman.

Dr. Julia Carroll, the dermatology director at the Medcan Clinic in Toronto, said despite all the public awareness around skin cancer and the  need for sun protection, many people still aren’t using enough or any sunscreen.

“There is still that myth of a healthy glow,” said Carroll.

Carroll agrees technically a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is good enough to protect people from more than 90 per cent of UVB rays, but recommends her clients use an SPF of 50 or 60 and that it be a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen.

“When the lab puts on SPF 30 for testing they do a thick layer. When we put it on in real life, we put on maybe a quarter of what’s being used in the lab. So you’re getting a much lower SPF maybe in the single digits. So we cheat and tell you to put on a higher number,” said Dr. Carroll.

WATCH: Dr. Anatoli Freiman discusses what to look for when choosing the right sunscreen

“You can go as high 110 these days,  but it does not make you sort of foolproof and sun proof,” said Freiman “It does not make you sort of immune to the effects of the sun.”

A national working group, including the Canadian Cancer Society and Cancer Care Ontario are working with partners to review research on personal sun protection practices.

With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research a document will be released in the near future for those working in the area of sun safety and skin cancer prevention.

In May, the Canadian Cancer Society released a report focusing on skin cancer because melanoma rates are increasing more than any other cancer rate.

READ MORE: U.S. skin cancer rates spike after generation of sunbathing, tanning beds

According to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation Canadians, those born in the 90’s have a lifetime risk of skin cancer that is two to three times higher than those born in the 60’s.

In Carroll’s 14th floor office in downtown Toronto Lucie Puzzo sits on a bed in a dimly hit office. There’s only one light on in the room supplemented only by a slight glow from a machine near the table.

Danielle Murray, a registered nurse at the clinic, lifts a pen-like device attached to the machine to a mole on Puzzo’s face.

The machine is the Aura Skin Cancer Detection device.

The non-invasive machine was created in British Columbia through a partnership with the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the University of British Columbia.

In seconds it can test a lesion and determine if it has a low, medium, or high probability of being cancerous.

Puzzo was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013 and has a scar the length of a business card on her left forearm.

“I’m now living a very different life,” said Puzzo after her exam.”I avoid peak sun times, I sit in the shade and I wear my sunscreen.”

She says sunscreen is a part of her entire family’s ritual now. She has two daughters and since her cancer diagnosis everyone takes precautions.

Dermatologists say sunscreen should be third in the line of defence against the sun and it’s harmful rays after staying out of the sun and covering up.

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Shaming bad parking: Social media accounts target Lower Mainland residents

VANCOUVER – Web sites and social media accounts dedicated to publicly shaming bad parking jobs are becoming very popular.

The latest is a 桑拿会所 account called ‘YVR’s Worst Parking‘ and it’s dedicated to sharing pictures from people around Vancouver showing bad park jobs.

The account has already gained more than 1,700 followers and is run by a man named Brian LaBelle, who also runs the account for Edmonton’s worst parking.

He told Global Edmonton “I don’t really have a problem shaming, it’s more embarrassing than anything.”

“I don’t really see it harmfully impacting somebody’s self-esteem if they’re caught parking across three stalls. They might be embarrassed, their friends might tease them about it a little bit and hopefully they don’t do it in the future.”

Dom, who helps run the Facebook Pages of S**t Parkers of Kelowna, Vernon, Greater Vancouver and Victoria, did not want to appear on camera because he said they usually deal with people who don’t necessarily care how they act and behave in public.

“We’ve had people uttering threats and things like that,” he said.

He started this social media venture about eight months ago and was surprised by how popular it became.

“People were submitting left, right and centre,” he said.

The primary goal, according to Dom, is not to shame people but to get people to think about what they’re doing.

“We have received pleas from people for help,” he said.

Other social media channels do not just focus on parking, but driving.

Bad Drivers of Vancouver is a very popular YouTube channel, run by a Richmond resident.

The creator, Sean, who didn’t want his last name used, also has a 桑拿会所 account.

But he does not think Vancouver is the worst place for drivers.

“Vancouver definitely has it’s share of really bad drivers,” he said. “But in every big city there’s bad drivers.”

What do you think about this idea? Is it harmless fun or inappropriate? Let us know in the comments!

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SaskPower ordered to remove all smart meters in the province

REGINA – SaskPower has announced that they are removing all the smart meters that were installed in the province.

The minister responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd said the utility company will be taking out all 105,000 smart meters around Saskatchewan.

“I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that’s why we’ve directed SaskPower accordingly,” said Minister Boyd.

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The removal of the smart meters over the next six to nine months will cost around $15 million, according to SaskPower.

“We view it as similar to a recall situation and the people of Saskatchewan shouldn’t be responsible for the costs of this and we’ll do everything we can to recover those costs,” said Boyd.

Boyd will also be reviewing why the new meters weren’t properly studied or tested before they were installed in homes.

“I don’t know whether there was enough testing done. We’ll certainly be conducting, along with SaskPower, an internal review of the procurement procedures around this around the safety concerns people had,” added Boyd.

“We want to determine when these were originally ordered, if there were safety concerns known at that point in time, so we have a lot of questions we’re going to be discussing with SaskPower about how this came to be.”

Earlier this month SaskPower temporarily suspended its installation of smart meters around the province after half a dozen caught fire.

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Rob Ford orders 5 espressos in 1 cup on coffee run with Deadmau5 – Toronto

WATCH: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Deadmau5 go for coffee at Tim Hortons

TORONTO – Rob Ford is just the latest person to get a coffee with Deadmau5.

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The 30-minute video, apparently shot via inward-facing dashboard-mounted camera and posted to YouTube, features the T-shirted musician riding with Ford in the passenger seat talking about everything from politics to football (“I love football. It’s cool,” the mayor says) and the quality of parking garages in the city (the one at city hall, Deadmau5 says, isn’t suited for his Ferrari).

The musician got a extra-large double-double and the mayor ordered five espresso shots in one cup.

“That’s cardiac arrest,” Deadmau5 said.

The mayor paid for the coffee.

They also talked about potholes – Deadmau5 referred to one, in particular, as “the widowmaker.” The mayor promised to get it fixed, citing broken windows theory as his motivation for tackling these apparently small-scale priorities.

“They seem little in the grand scheme of things,” he said. “But the people that go over them every single day, that’s a major inconvenience for them.

The DJ has released dozens of videos of him driving with celebrities including Russell Peters, Pharrell and Tom Green.

“This thing can fly,” Ford said. “How fast can you get it up to?”

The DJ says he’s got the Ferrari to 210 miles per hour.

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One dropped, four added to Alberta’s threatened species list

Watch above: The province has added another bird and several fish to the threatening species list. But, as Kendra Slugoski reports, there is good news.

EDMONTON – It’s one step forward and four steps back for fish and waterfowl in Alberta.

The province dropped one species – the trumpeter swan – from its threatened species list, but it has been replaced by four others.  Athabasca rainbow trout, bull trout, pygmy whitefish, and western grebe are Alberta’s latest threatened species.

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The trumpeter swan, meanwhile, is now indexed as a species of special concern. While it’s still vulnerable, the species is not in immediate danger.

The province credits a collaborative effort for the swan’s resurgence.

“Government has worked closely with conservation groups, industry, municipalities and biologists to ensure the trumpeter swan had every opportunity to thrive,” said Robin Campbell, minister of environment and sustainable resource development.

“Careful management needs to continue for the swan population to continue its recovery,” he added.

For the newly threatened species, the province says  recovery plans will be drawn up to protect and rebuild their populations. Provincial framework calls for this plan to “list the specific activities that will be completed to achieve the goals of the recovery program.”

To help populations rebound,  the province recommends avoiding unnecessarily disturbing lakes and streams inhabited by the threatened species. The province is mandating a catch-and-release rule for the affected fish, but not a fishing ban. More information and tips on how to help can be found here.

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Concerns were raised for the western grebe’s habitat after the 2005 Lake Wabamun oil spill. Some feared that the spill would accelerate the water bird’s decline in that area. That fear appears to have come true.

READ MORE: Alberta pipeline spills prompt questions 

It is hoped that the pygmy whitefish will not be affected in the same way. Although the population of the rare fish isn’t far from its population in the past, this fish is on the list mainly because it is threatened by oil transportation along its habitat near Jasper and Hinton.

“If a spill happens along there, we can lose that fish population,” fisheries scientist Michael Sullivan told Global News.

Threatened species find themselves in slightly less dire situations than endangered species. Endangered species are at immediate risk of extinction, while threatened species are likely to become endangered if action isn’t taken.

There are 16 threatened and 17 endangered species in Alberta.

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Species Assessed by Alberta’s Endangered Species July 2014

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RCMP officer injured in Moncton shooting back to work

MONCTON – Nearly two months after the shooting that killed three RCMP officers and injured two others, one of the injured officers spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday.

Constable Eric Dubois spoke to media at the Codiac RCMP Memorial Golf Tournament, mean to honour Cst. Fabrice Gevaudan, Cst. David Ross and Cst. Douglas Larche, who were killed on June 4th.

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“I’m good. I’m good. I’m back full-duty at work,” he said. “I’m glad to be back at work because that’s what, you know, I want to do, be on the street and fight crime every day. Make sure that when you go to work, when you go to the restaurant, you can have a safe environment because that’s what we’re there for.”

Dubois took part in the golf tournament along with more than 30 other RCMP officers from the Codiac detachment. He said he wanted to speak Thursday so that the public could put a face to the name that they’ve heard over the past two months.

The tournament began with a moment of silence, before the teams spread out on the course.

“It’s incredible to think that such a tragic event has allowed such an amazing spirit of community to be visible and vibrant, and to see this,” said Supt. Marlene Snowman, who played in the tournament Thursday, despite admitting she had never been on a golf course before. “It’s been incredible this entire time and it continues to be exactly that.”

RCMP officers react as they attend the regimental funeral of three slain officers at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, N.B. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Const. David Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche were killed in a shooting spree last Wednesday.

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The tournament was organized by the Royal Oaks Golf & Residential Community Association, who wanted to do something for the RCMP to show their support.

“It’s also quite emotional,” said Snowman. “And it shows the support of the community and the organizations and the companies of Greater Moncton and the government and the municipality and so many people.

“The spirit behind all of this is just overwhelming.”

Thirty-six teams registered for the tournament and each raised around $6,600 to play. More money was raised during the day through a silent auction. All the money will go to the RCMP Foundation.

Constable Dubois said the show of support from the community has been heart-warming.

“Everybody was praying for me and I can tell you that it works because my healing went so fast,” he said. “Everyone around me said it’s incredible how fast everything went back to normal.”

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Saskatchewan girl helping Haitian children go to school

SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan girl is helping underprivileged children with their education in a developing country.

It all started a couple years back when Taylor DeVos, 12, was watching a World Vision commercial on TV.

“I got inspired by them and wanted to help and for my tenth birthday that’s all I wanted, to sponsor a child from Haiti because they just got a huge earthquake,” said Devos.

Her parents came through on her birthday wish and Taylor chose Mesline to sponsor online.

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The two kids developed a relationship over letters and DeVos learned more about Haiti and the living conditions there.

While perusing a catalogue, Taylor found out she could give more by building schools.

She then set her sights on fundraising. With the help of her family, they started the website, “1 Kids Making a Difference”, where she blogs her journey and accepts donations.

“Social Media like 桑拿会所 and Facebook has helped Taylor reach people from all over the World,” said Cora DeVos, Taylor’s mother.

“The support that she has received from all over Saskatchewan and North America has been incredible over the last two years.”

The DeVos family also began fundraising in Porcupine Plain, Sask. in all sorts of ways from selling Christmas trees or organizing dances.

“Sometimes we were waiting there for a while doing a fundraiser and then we got all nervous because nobody was coming but then all of a sudden there was all these people coming through the door,” said Taylor DeVos.

In November 2013, DeVos was asked to speak at Credit Union Centre (CUC) for We Day in Saskatoon.

Thankfully for DeVos’ nerves, her mother made her a pin with Mesline’s face on it, allowing Taylor to share her story in front of thousands of youth.

Watch the video below: Taylor DeVos speaks at We Day in Saskatoon

DeVos was delighted to announce this past June she had reached her goal of raising $15,000.

Taylor is donating $10,000 to the Free the Children organization and help build four classrooms at a new school in Manac, Haiti.

The remaining money will go to the organization that originally inspired her, World Vision Canada. These funds will assist the Jaques Romain School Project, which is also in Haiti.

DeVos just recently sent a letter telling 12-year-old Mesline the good news. She says it usually takes a couple months to reach her.

But what’s next for this selfless soon-to-be eighth grader?

She has already set a new goal: raising money to help build more schools and send underprivileged kids to university before she herself graduates high school.

DeVos is also thrilled to have launched a clothing line to fund her future endeavours in making positive change in the world.

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Osheaga gets ready to take over Montreal – Montreal

WATCH ABOVE: You know it’s summer in the city when Osheaga rolls around. The music festival hits Parc Jean Drapeau this Friday to Sunday. Global’s Rachel Lau got a tour of the site on Wednesday.

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PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU – One of Montreal’s biggest music festivals, Osheaga, is just two days away – Outkast is performing, Foster the People are performing and Lorde is set to entertain the crowds at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Sunday.

With some of music’s biggest names set to take the stage, founder Nick Farkas admits he couldn’t be happier.

“Skrillex, Jack White, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Sam Roberts, Half Moon Run, I think we’ve really covered all the bases,” he said.

“I’m very excited, looking forward to year number nine.”

Things are right on track, which means there’s still a lot left to do before Osheaga officially opens its doors on Friday.

“We try to keep it interesting and keep the festival evolving from year to year so when people show up there’s still that wow factor,” he said.

READ MORE: Lorde, Outkast among acts coming to Montreal’s Osheaga festival

Organizers have made a few changes this year.

Some, like the newly installed delay towers, are supposed to improve sound for festival-goers.

“This year we had engineers of sound coming with me to make sure that we provide the best quality sound for the people who pay the tickets,” said Patrick Fortaich, Director of Production for the festival.

Other additions are just for fun – a good way to showcase local talent.

“As the festival’s grown we’ve gotten more and more recognition,” said Farkas.

“Sometimes it’s hard to find spots for the local bands so we added a sixth stage this year so we can continue to have that mission.”

Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes is also in town to prepare his own stage.

He’s catering the event for the fourth year in a row.

“We’re running around but everything’s going kind of according to plan,” he said.

“This is where the artists come and eat and just hang out and have a good time so we’re kind of setting the tone, setting the mood.”

WATCH: Chuck Hughes flips for Charity

Osheaga is an international hit now, with more than 50 per cent of festival-goers coming from out of town.

Despite its success, Farkas says for him it’s still all about the small things.

“The Replacements are one of my favourite bands of all time,” he said.

“I traveled to see them a lot when I was a kid and the fact that they’ve re-formed after 20 years is a complete shock to me.”

Make sure to watch Friday’s episode of Summer In The City to catch up on all the action.

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Floods in Eastern Europe kill 3, more than 500 people evacuated – National

Watch: Severe flooding left homes and cars under water on Wednesday across parts of Romania.

BUCHAREST, Romania – Three people died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday.

In Bulgaria, authorities said a 61-year-old woman died in the floods and another person was reported missing after torrential rains hit the region of Gabrovo in the central parts of the country.

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Two people, including a 72-year-old man, also drowned in Romania as floods raged in different regions, said Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea. A passenger train derailed in the same area after a small bridge caved in due to flooding, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, the national railway said.

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Seventy Bulgarian villages and parts of the city of Gabrovo were left without electricity and water supply was disrupted as the flooding destroyed some of the water and sewerage infrastructure. The rains also induced landslides and destroyed bridges, and many roads in the region were blocked by mud and debris.

Ion Manta, deputy mayor of the southwest Romanian town Novaci, said 500 people had been evacuated from three villages there and some 75 houses were cut off by floods after the River Gilort burst its banks. A local government official said waters reached 3 metres (10 feet).

A man uses a chainsaw to cut tree stumps to free a washed up car carried downstream by the recent flash flood, in Bascov city, Arges, Romania, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

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The Romanian government sent three helicopters to flooded areas in the foothills of the Parang mountains and the army dispatched dozens of troops to help with rescue efforts. Prime Minister Victor Ponta, accompanied by aides, arrived in the area in the afternoon.

Forecasters issued the red code weather warnings for both Bulgaria and Romania Tuesday.

Romania has had its wettest summer in years and the heavy rainfall has also caused several flash floods in eastern Bulgaria, the heaviest in the Black Sea resort city of Varna in June when 13 people were killed.

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CP won’t immediately dismantle community gardens along Arbutus corridor – BC

Canadian Pacific Railway says it won’t be taking down property and community gardens along the Arbutus corridor come August 1.

Over 15,000 people living along the corridor have been given notices by CP asking them to clear any property that runs along the train tracks by July 31.

CP began asking people to clear the line in April. They say gardens and small structures along the line are causing problems and must be removed so CP employees can do their job.

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Ed Greenberg with CP says the company won’t begin immediate dismantling of community gardens after the deadline passes.

But we have a plan in place to continue track improvement in this area and will handle the removal of encroachments as work progresses.

Should encroachments still exist on CP track as work progresses, a suitable plan will be developed to remove each one in an appropriate manner.

CP has stayed committed to a formal a set-by-step process that began in April and it is our intention to continue this approach as we move forward and identify any items still encroaching on the railway’s right-of-way.

Greenberg says the company has been communicating with area residents by sending out letters, attending community meetings and having one-on-one discussions, and has received good feedback so far.

WATCH: CP wants Arbutus corridor train track cleared

There have not been any trains on the line for 14 years.

In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the City of Vancouver has final say on developing the corridor.

Mayor Gregor Robertson has repeatedly said he is against the reactivation of cargo trains along the route.

“The corridor is a unique, green route running from False Creek to the Fraser River, crossing several residential neighbourhoods, and our vision for it is to maintain it as greenway for residents of Vancouver until there’s a viable case for rail transit use,” says Robertson.

The mayor says the city is prepared to buy the land along the corridor for “fair market value” after an independent appraisal.

READ MORE: Striking a deal with CP over Arbutus Corridor could mean financial windfall for the city

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