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There are some bugs to be worked out with Canada's new national public-alert system for mobile devices.

System operator Pelmorex is investigating a test misfire on the warning system in Quebec and a hit-and-miss result in Ontario.

Pelmorex tells The Canadian Press that the Quebec problem can be blamed on a computer-programming error, and says all Alert Ready partners are trying to find out what caused Ontario's spotty test fail.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale calls it a serious glitch, but notes that's what the test was for, and he experts the problems to be fixed quickly.

Tests are set to take place in all other provinces and territories, except Nunavut, on Wednesday. (1)

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Flood-weary residents in southern New Brunswick are getting a glimmer of good news after a rough couple of weeks.

The province's Emergency Measures Organization says record floodwaters are finally expected to start receding this week, although water levels will remain above flood stage in many areas including Saint John, Fredericton and Maugerville (MAY'-jer-vill).

The E-M-O cautions the clean-up will be a ''difficult phase," noting once water levels are below flood stage, it could still take days or weeks before it's safe for some people to return home. (1)

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The rapid melting of some of the highest snowpacks in British Columbia's history is causing flooding across B-C.

David Campbell, head of the B-C River Forecast Centre, says there are several areas where the snowpack is over 150 per cent of its normal rate, including the Okanagan, where it was measured at 206 per cent.

A state of local emergency was expanded across Kelowna on Monday afternoon, with concerns that warmer weather and rain forecast for mid-week could create even higher flows when combined with the snow melts. …

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