Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

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Canada Post says the parcel backlog, ongoing rotating strikes, and the union's new ban on overtime mean customers can expect delays in mail delivery lasting several days.

Spokesman Jon Hamilton says the postal service is facing a massive backlog as scattered walkouts by postal workers escalate across the country -- today, including workers in Hamilton, the Ottawa area, parts of Vancouver Island and Quebec.

Canada Post says more than 150 trailers filled with parcels and packages are sitting in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal waiting to be unloaded and processed, with more arriving every day.

CUP-W meantime called a national overtime ban that went into effect early today -- meaning postal workers are to refuse to work beyond their normal eight-hour days, and 40-hour weeks. (2)



Two men were killed in a multi-vehicle crash that sparked a massive tanker fire during the Halloween evening rush hour on a major toll highway in Toronto.

The crash -- caught on a driver's dashboard camera -- happened just before 5-p-m Wednesday on Highway 407, where Ontario provincial police said a westbound tanker crossed several lanes of traffic, jumped a concrete median and collided with an eastbound passenger vehicle.

Both vehicles burst into flames and were completely consumed.

The victims were a 41-year-old male truck driver from Brampton, Ontario, and a 49-year-old man from Mississauga.

The highway was closed in both directions for hours, and cleaning up the eastbound lanes was expected to take until morning. (2)



Enbridge says it has completed repairs on the section of a natural-gas pipeline that ruptured, exploded and burned northeast of Prince George, B-C three weeks ago.

The Calgary-based company expects to begin safely returning the repaired segment to service within the next two days, then will gradually increase flows of natural gas through it until it reaches 80 per cent of its normal operating pressure. …

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