Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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(Atlantic-Phone-Outage)

Bell Aliant says a widespread outage of its East Coast telecommunications network this month was the result of a "perfect storm" involving construction crews not properly checking where to dig.

The August 4th breakdown affected emergency services in many parts of the region, caused widespread cellular outages on Bell, Telus, Virgin and Koodo, and also interrupted internet and some land line services for about four hours.

Bell spokesman Nathan Gibson says the first cut was by a highway construction crew near Drummondville, Quebec, and then a logging company cut another underground line near Richibucto, New Brunswick.

The spokesman says in an email the armoured cables are deeply buried but cuts can occur when companies using backhoes don't properly follow Bell's location guides "or simply go ahead with their work without asking" for locations. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-River-Protected)

A 12-hectare property has been donated as a nature habitat by members of the Nova Scotia Sobey clan.

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says David and Faye Sobey provided land on the St. Mary's River in Mitchell's Pool, just north of Sherbrooke in Guysborough County.

Bonnie Sutherland, executive director of the trust, said the property's brooks, swamp and island provide important habitat for a range of wildlife including ducks, forest birds and wood turtles.

The donation protects some of the last mature floodplain forest in the province, a ecosystem made up of large oaks, maples, and yellow birch that provide cooling shade for wildlife. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-River-Protected)

Environment Canada is predicting south-facing coastlines of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland will be rough as Hurricane Gert brushes parts of the southern Grand Banks today.

It warns "rip currents are likely," and says the public -- especially swimmers -- should exercise caution as the storm moves into the region.

Swells could reach up to two metres along Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast, while swells of two to four metres are expected along the south-facing coastlines of Newfoundland tomorrow. …

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