Kelowna, Penticton Rotary clubs work to eradicate polio

The Penticton and Kelowna Rotary clubs are working to raise funds to help eradicate polio worldwide.

Oct. 24 is World Polio Day.

“Polio has been with us for a long time,” Sandra Henderson, a spokesperson for the Penticton Sunrise Rotary Club, said in a news release.

“Those old enough will recall getting vaccinations on a sugar cube and other methods at school in the 1950s and 1960s. You will also remember the ‘iron lung’ machine used to support patients unfortunate enough to contract polio.”

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Henderson said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has matched Rotary International’s financial support for its polio program since the early 1980s.

“Vaccinations with the monetary support have resulted in a decline in polio plus program to only two reported cases in 2021,” Henderson said.

“All current cases are in the Afghanistan/Pakistan regions. Africa, for example, has been polio-free for a few years now.”

According to Rotary International, the Canadian federal government has invested nearly $1 billion to eradicate the disease.

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“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the polio infrastructure Canada helped build has been used to respond to COVID-19,” Rotary International said on its website.

“Polio eradication assets including disease surveillance, data management, risk communication, community mobilization, and coordination structures have been utilized in at least 55 countries.”

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Manitoba Métis Federation opens newest childcare centre in Dauphin

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is celebrating the opening of its newest childcare centre in Dauphin.

The MMF officially unveiled Michif Children’s Place at a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week.

“Really I think people feel a sense of relief. There’s a place, we got an opportunity, we can look now at coming out post-COVID,” said MMF President David Chartrand.

“People are going to be looking at, ‘I got to get back to work, I need to get there, I need to have a place to put my child.'”

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is celebrating the opening of its newest childcare centre, Michif Children's Place, in Dauphin.

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is celebrating the opening of its newest childcare centre, Michif Children's Place, in Dauphin.

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The facility has 65 spaces accommodating up to eight infants, 42 toddlers and 15 preschoolers, and will employ about 25 people full-time.

Chartrand says it will also offer both parenting and cultural programs.

“Language is going to be taught, Indigenous languages. Super Dad, Super Kids, they call them, programs are going to be put in place,” Chartrand said.

“Land-based knowledge is going to be attached to it where we’re using our elders to take them on trips to understand the environment … so we’re going to start teaching them at a young age about the importance of the land, the basic importance of the environment, (and) water.”

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Michif Children’s Place is just the latest in the MMF’s plans to build about 15 childcare centres across the province, including in Brandon, Thompson, The Pas and Winnipeg.

The first already opened in Duck Bay and another ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in November for the next one in Saint Eustache.

Chartrand says the MMF is working to provide child care training for between 250 and 300 people over the next several years to help staff the facilities.

Manitoba Métis Federation president David Chartrand (left) during the official ribbon cutting for Michif Children's Place in Dauphin.

Manitoba Métis Federation president David Chartrand (left) during the official ribbon cutting for Michif Children's Place in Dauphin.

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“If small communities don’t have the population base for daycare centres, what we’re doing that’s different and unique also is we’re privatizing homes. We’re actually training families at their houses to become daycare centres in small villages,” Chartrand said.

“We’re really spreading our services in the context of trying to meet all the needs of our citizens.”

The childcare centres are crucial, Chartrand says, in helping to lift people out of poverty.

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“My mom never went one day of her life into a school classroom … but she knew education was important,” Chartrand said.

“She made sure we never missed school. Because I think even though she never had an education she knew education was a way out of poverty. We started at a young age as we are with childcare programs like this. We’re giving kids a hell of a head start that we never had.

“At the end of the day, once you have an education, no one can ever take it away from you.”

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Ferry sailings cancelled, wind warning expanded as 'bomb cyclone' hits B.C.'s South Coast

BC Ferries has cancelled multiple sailings on major routes for Monday, as a second powerful “bomb cyclone” weather system approaches the south coast.

Environment Canada expanded a wind warning already in place for parts of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast to include Metro Vancouver on Sunday afternoon.

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Residents of the city’s southwestern areas, including Richmond and Delta, were warned of southeasterly winds of 70 km/h, gusting up to 90 km/h near the water, forecasted to arrive late overnight and through Monday.

Vancouver Island’s west coast is expected to face the worst of the storm, with winds of 80 km/h, gusting up to 100 km/h.

With the strongest winds forecast to hit the inner coast on Monday, BC Ferries said it was cancelling at least 20 morning and early afternoon sailings on the following routes:

  • Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay (Victoria)
  • Tsawwassen-Duke Point (Nanaimo)
  • Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay (Nanaimo)
  • Little River (Comox)-Westview (Powell River)

Travellers should check the BC Ferries service notice website for up to date information.

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By 3:30 p.m. Sunday, BC Hydro was reporting close to 20,000 customers without power on the south coast.

The lions share of the early outages were on the Sunshine Coast, with several thousand customers also affected on Vancouver Island, including in Port Renfrew, Port Alberni and Lake Cowichan.

The power company is warning people to keep away from downed lines if they see them but to call 911.

A “bomb cyclone” is a weather phenomenon involving a low-pressure system that intensifies by rapidly dropping more than 24 millibars in pressure in under 24 hours, according to Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon.

A similar system formed off B.C.’s coast on Thursday, though remained off-shore for the most part.

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What Hudson's mayoral candidates would do to preserve the Saint Mary's Parish Hall

WATCH: St. Mary's Parish in Hudson is for sale. The parish has served many purposes over the years. It was home to a library, the community choir, dance classes and craft sales. As Global's Olivia O'Malley reports, some say it's a terrible loss for the community.

Just like the fall leaves, an integral part of the Hudson community is changing. Saint Mary’s Church is selling its Parish Hall on Main Street.

Resident Patrick Gagnon noticed the “For Sale” sign while walking his small dog, “I felt kind of sad, really,” he said.

The Parish Hall was built in 1879 and rebuilt after a fire in 1988.

Global News called and emailed the property’s owner, the Anglican Parish of Vaudreuil, for comment. They did not reply by our deadline.

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Hudson residents say they have many memories of attending activities and classes at the hall. It’s where Gagnon’s son’s afterschool math and reading program was held.

“I think it should be kept up and maintained, and it could probably serve another purpose for the community,” said Gagnon.

Gagnon is not the only resident who says the town should purchase the one-and-a-half-storey building. However, the decision to buy the $689,000 hall rests in the hands of the incoming council.

The town’s incumbent mayor, Jamie Nicholls, who is running for re-election, says he would like to see the community space preserved.

“I would work with citizens groups that are interested in preserving the hall as a community space, whether that be an outright purchase or just a negotiation with the new owner,” he told Global News.

City Councillor Helen Kurgansky is also on the ballot for mayor. She said it would be a shame to lose the parish hall, but if elected, she would have to see what’s involved.

“My first thing is to have the goal, to make it happen, to say, ‘listen, let’s find a way to preserve it. And what do we need to make that happen?’ And then look at the options then,” said Kurgansky.

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Mayoral candidate Chloe Hutchinson says she is interested in a private-public partnership, to keep the building available for community use.

“We can’t be buying every piece of building that shows up. I think we can certainly give a very clear message that we’re here to support them and that there is a way, there should be a certain budget that’s set aside for this type of endeavor,” she said

With two weeks until the municipal election, the Parish Hall sale has become a large electoral issue.

“I think the town has to worry more about its architectural integrity and the kind of services that it has to provide to its citizens,” said Gagnon.

It’s something residents including Gagnon will keep in mind when they vote on Nov. 7.

Leading up to the election, there are two mayoral debates at the Hudson Community Centre. The first is on Wednesday night and the second is on Thursday, both at 7 p.m.

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Edmonton Elks face a steep climb if they hope to make the playoffs

The Edmonton Elks returned to the practice field off their bye week on Sunday as they look ahead to the final five games of the season.

The team has lost five games in a row and sits with a 2-7 record, dead last in the West Division.

The Elks are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot, but they will now have likely to run the table and win their final five games starting with Friday’s home matchup against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Elks follow Friday’s game with a home-and-home set with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and then road games against the Toronto Argonauts and the B.C. Lions.

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Head coach Jamie Elizondo says the climb won’t be easy but believes his team can still make a run.

“We have two missions, and the first mission has five targets,” Elizondo said.

“If you look at those five targets, those teams are either at or below or slightly above the .500 mark. If it comes close and we can win those five games, then we have the tie-breaker over Hamilton. If we beat Saskatchewan twice, then we have the tie-breaker over Saskatchewan. If we beat Toronto, then we will have, if it comes down to it, the tie-breaker over Toronto. If we beat B.C., then we will have the tie-breaker over B.C., so there’s a lot of tie-breakers in play still.”

Moving on from Trevor Harris

Last Sunday, the Elks traded quarterback Trevor Harris to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for American defensive end Antonio Simmons.

For veteran receiver Greg Ellingson, it’s now the first time he won’t be on the same team as Harris since the 2015 season. He says it’s tough to see a good friend leave but he understands the business.

“We have a lot of memories, especially in Ottawa and here in 2019, but that’s part of the business,” Ellingson said.

“The front office has their job to do, and my job is to make plays as a receiver. This is my team and this is where I’m at right now, so I’m going to back everything (Elks’ management) do and I’m going to go out and try to get wins.”

The trade of Harris now means Taylor Cornelius is the Elks’ starting quarterback. He will start in his fourth game of the season on Friday night against the Tiger-Cats. Cornelius says he simply wants to move forward and give the team the best chance to win.

“I’m just excited to move forward,” Cornelius said. “I’m ready to get these next five games under our belt and see where we’re at, come the end of the season.”

In his third start of the season in a 26-16 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Oct. 15, Cornelius completed 17 of 29 pass attempts for 187 yards passing and threw one touchdown pass, his fourth of the season. Overall, Cornelius has passed for 811 yards throwing four touchdown passes to six interceptions in four games played.

Simmons ready for a new start

Elks defensive end Simmons practised with his new team on Sunday after the Alouettes sent him to Edmonton in exchange for Harris. Simmons, who has seven defensive tackles and two sacks this season, says he wasn’t too surprised the Alouettes shipped him out.

“How it went the last two weeks when I was there, yeah I wasn’t surprised with how it went down,” Simmons said. “It’s a clean slate, and I’m happy that I get a fresh start. What happened in Montreal will stay in Montreal, and I’m just ready to move on.”

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In 2019, Simmons recorded 45 defensive tackles and seven sacks in his first season with the Alouettes.

The Elks host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Kick-off will be at 7:45 p.m. 630 CHED will have Countdown to Kick-off starting at 6 p.m.

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'Our survival is really in jeopardy': B.C. restaurants fear changes to COVID-19 subsidies

The Canada Recovery Benefit along with wage and rent subsidies are ending as Ottawa moves from a near universal benefit to targeted subsidies and as Emad Agahi reports, some businesses are facing an uncertain future.

Big changes to Canada’s COVID-19 subsidies for businesses have some smaller B.C. restaurants worried.

“Our restaurant relies a lot on tourists and offices, we’re a lunch and breakfast restaurant in the downtown office core, neither of those two drivers have really come back for us,” Matthew Senecal, owner of the Birds and the Beets in Vancouver’s Gastown told Global News.

“Our sales are still quite a bit down from what they were in 2019 and what they need to be for us to be a sustainable, viable restaurant.”

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The federal government has eliminated the long-running Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), and replaced them with two new programs more narrowly targeted at the hardest-hit businesses and the tourism and hospitality sector.

Under the new Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, restaurants can get a wage and rent subsidy of up to 75 per cent — but must be able to show monthly revenue losses averaging 40 per cent along with a 40 per cent loss in the current month.

“The problem with the new (program) is the 40 per cent threshold. We have many restaurants that are losing sales between 20 and 40 per cent, and with this new program they’re eligible for nothing, and that could be a death sentence for many of those restaurants,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada’s vice-president of western Canada.

“If you’re down 39 per cent you get no subsidy.”

Von Schellwitz said as many as 80 per cent of Canadian restaurants are currently losing money or just breaking even, and that is with the benefit of government supports.

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A recent survey by the organization found 70 per cent still relied on government subsidies to make ends meet, and nine in 10 were facing additional problems because of the labour shortage.

He’s calling on the federal government to reduce the threshold for the new subsidy program, or at least to offer it on some kind of sliding scale.

Senecal said he knows of few small or independent restaurants that can show a 40 per cent loss. Those same operators, he said are still grappling with fixed costs that haven’t changed, such as rent, utilities and the cost of goods.

“It was a life-saver for us. Quite simply, we wouldn’t be in business today if it wasn’t for those government supports,” he said.

“So with the end of this help, our survival is really in jeopardy.”

Senecal said after a strong summer, the business had begun to bounce back, but that he estimated it would take six or seven months to get fully back on their feet.

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“What the government should really be doing is have programs that are accessible to all businesses, and should lower the eligibility criteria,” argued Jasmin Guénette, vice-president of national affairs with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Saturday also marked the end of the Canada Recovery Benefit for unemployed workers, the successor to CERB, which is being replaced with a new benefit targeted at staff affected by lockdowns.

That change is seen by some as pushing some workers back into the market to help ease the current labour crunch.

The federal government is aiming to stretch the new programs until May 7, 2022, while seeking the ability to further amend them through July of next year.

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Quebec outlines curriculum for revamped ethics and culture course

WATCH: Quebec outlines curriculum for revamped ethics and culture course

Quebec is unveiling details of a new course intended to replace a polarizing class on ethics and religious culture that’s been taught in the province’s schools for more than a decade.

Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge released highlights of the new program, dubbed Culture and Citizenship in Quebec, at a news conference on Sunday afternoon.

Roberge says the new course will teach Quebec students how to be proud members of Quebec society and will include sections on the province’s judicial system, critical thinking, social media and gender equality among others.

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Roberge said the class aims to provide cohesion as well as fight against sexism, racism and sexual violence.

It will replace the current program that has been in place since 2008 and has faced years of relentless criticism from Quebec nationalists and committed secularists, who say the course put too much emphasis on multiculturalism.

Indigenous history and culture will also be included in the curriculum. According to a statement from Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière, members of the First Nations and Inuit communities were involved in the consultation process.

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But while the government claims it will embrace all cultures, some members of the anglophone community aren’t so sure.

“He’s not going to impose on us what our language and our culture is all about,” says English Montreal School Board Chair Joe Ortona, who also called the new course contradictory.

“If he really wants to protect freedom of expression, he should take a good look at some of the bills he passed that used the notwithstanding clause to violate freedom of expression,” added Ortona.

The new program will be introduced in some schools as a pilot project in September 2022 before being fully implemented across all of the province’s elementary and high schools a year later.

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Calgary students place poppies at Field of Crosses ahead of Remembrance Day

Students from Delta West Academy in Calgary volunteered their time to pay tribute to the fallen at the Field of Crosses on Sunday.

Students, parents, teachers and grandparents spent the afternoon placing poppies on crosses.

Each year before Remembrance Day, 3,500 crosses are erected across five acres in a park along Memorial Drive.

Calgary students placed poppies at the Field of Crosses on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

Calgary students placed poppies at the Field of Crosses on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

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The installation pays tribute to the thousands of southern Albertans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“My great-grandpa, he fought in the war to protect our country,” said student Makena Dennis.

“It definitely has an important place in my heart. I always put in my best effort to come out here and remember everything the soldiers have done for us. I really like to give back to them for that.”

Student Liliana Nogueir said: “I think more people should come to do this because it is a really good cause, and we should all remember how the soldiers helped us and how they fought for us.”

Sunrise and sunset flag-raising ceremonies will be held each day from Nov. 1 to 11.

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Ward 4 councillor-elect Sean Chu at the centre of 2 rallies in Calgary on Sunday

Loud protests were held in downtown Calgary on Sunday as around 200 people supporting councillor-elect Sean Chu and around the same number wanting his resignation held rallies. Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports.

Two rallies were held in Calgary on Sunday focused on Ward 4 councillor-elect Sean Chu: one in support of Chu and one demanding he step down.

Demonstrators shouted across Macleod Trail on Sunday afternoon while police stood between the two groups — supporters of Chu on one side and those calling for his resignation on the other.

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“He has proven in many ways that he’s a good citizen. He’s a good alderman, and his people obviously want him back in power because they elected him again,” said Les Baisi, who was at Olympic Plaza joining around 200 other Chu supporters.

Across the street, at city hall, around 200 people gathered demanding that Chu resign.

“I think if Sean Chu was really about the people of this city, he would do the right thing and resign,” said Jennifer Elliott.

“I think that Sean Chu should resign on his own. Obviously, that’s not going to happen. I think he should be fired, and I think there should be another investigation.”

Rallies were held on Oct. 24, 2021, in downtown Calgary in support of Sean Chu and another demanding the councillor-elect step down.

Rallies were held on Oct. 24, 2021, in downtown Calgary in support of Sean Chu and another demanding the councillor-elect step down.

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Chu is facing pressure to resign following a CBC News story about an investigation into his conduct as a Calgary police officer involving a minor.

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According to Calgary’s police chief, Chu was found guilty of one count of discreditable conduct. No criminal charges were laid in the case.

“It’s not perfect. We all have been younger or made a poor decision at some point in our life,” said Bradley Gunning, who was at the pro-Chu rally.

Diana Borak, who was at the other rally, said it’s essential that public officials understand with their greater responsibility comes greater accountability.

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“Just because he wasn’t charged with a crime, it doesn’t mean that he’s fit to serve as a person in elected office,” Borak said.

Some Ward 4 residents are calling for another chance to vote. Paula Breeze said the results would have been different if voters had the same information about Chu that they have now.

“I think the community will be divided on an ongoing basis. I think council will be divided on the matter on an ongoing basis. I don’t think that daily issues for Ward 4 can be adequately managed. I do think that our community would not have chosen Sean Chu if every voter had the same information,” Breeze said at the city hall rally.

Rallies were held on Oct. 24, 2021, in downtown Calgary in support of Sean Chu and another demanding the councillor-elect step down.

Rallies were held on Oct. 24, 2021, in downtown Calgary in support of Sean Chu and another demanding the councillor-elect step down.

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Chu won by 100 votes. His supporters said the election results must be respected.

“This isn’t meant to be a cakewalk. He represents Ward 4, and Ward 4 wants a fiscal balance in our city and so he’s there to speak for us. I don’t foresee that it’s going to be easy for him, but at the same time, that’s who we have voted for,” Gunning said.

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Mount Royal University associate professor Lori Williams predicts Chu will not be able to effectively represent his ward.

“I think that is going to fall to other councillors to try to represent the people of Ward 4 because Sean Chu in many ways will not be able to do that. That’s solely because of his choices. Not just because of his choices from 24 years ago, but his choices in the last week and a half,” Williams said.

On Thursday, Chu said he would not resign, and Calgary’s new mayor-elect said she won’t take part in swearing-in Chu on Monday.

Jyoti Gondek said in a statement on Sunday: “Today, I was proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Those who have been reliving the trauma and the challenges of the past need to know that today, and for all the tomorrows that follow, those in power will stand with them in the pursuit of justice.”

“It is frustrating to be denied the tools to do what is right. I feel that we were first let down by a culture that ignored victims’ voices, and now by a legal structure that removes the levers of power from city council and the mayor’s office,” she said.

Chu did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday.

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Canadian military arrives in Iqaluit to assist with clean drinking water crisis

WATCH ABOVE: Contaminated Iqaluit water tank isolated following initial inspection

The Canadian Armed Forces says its members have arrived in Nunavut’s capital to assist with the city’s ongoing water emergency.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted Friday that he had spoken with Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq and the military would be deployed to Iqaluit to co-ordinate and deliver clean drinking water.

Late Saturday, the military tweeted that there are over 20 Canadian Armed Forces members in Iqaluit setting up deployable equipment for reverse osmosis water purification.

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Iqaluit’s 8,000 residents haven’t been able to consume tainted tap water for nearly two weeks after fuel was found in samples.

Residents have been collecting water from the city’s Sylvia Grinnell River and picking up free bottled water from distribution sites, and local officials say they’re continuing efforts to identify the source of the contamination.

In a news release Sunday, the city says the investigation to date has pointed to potential hydrocarbon contamination in the soil or ground water outside the municipal water treatment plant, which it says may have leached into a storage tank.

“The in-ground tank containing the high concentrations of contaminants in the Water Treatment Plant has been isolated, pumped out for remediation and has undergone cleaning,” the release stated.

“The affected tank has been successfully bypassed and water continues to be treated and sent out to the City’s distribution system.”

The system has been flushed out, but the city says it will need to be done again and an order not to consume the water remains in place.

Amy Elgersma, the city’s chief administrative officer, said last week that an assessment found “no obvious cracks” in the contaminated tank.

The territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, told a news conference Friday that residents may still smell fuel in their water even though the city has bypassed the contaminated tank.

Patterson has said the health risks to residents who drank the city’s tap water are very low.

Sunday’s news release from the city noted that an environmental site assessment is underway where contractors will drill for soil and water samples around the treatment plant. It said the next steps are dependent on the test results.

“We will take direction from our experts on actions required to remediate the site,” the release stated.

It also noted the city installed a “real time water monitoring station focusing detecting and trending hydrocarbons” on Sunday. It said the monitoring station “will allow the city to obtain real-time information on hydrocarbon levels.”

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