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Fiona reshaped P.E.I.'s coastlines, stoking fears for the Island's future
A picture of how much post-tropical storm Fiona has reshaped Prince Edward Island is beginning to emerge — and in some cases, whole coastlines made of sand and stone have been erased.
As Islanders begin the long road to recovery, many are wondering where to rebuild and how far from the shore is safe enough.
"I never seen anything like this before," said Oyster Bed Bridge resident Wayne McCaron, whose home now sits closer to the water after Fiona took a six-metre chunk out of the cliffside.
McCaron's home is still a few hundred metres back from the water, but a nearby small cottage now sits right at the edge.
"Come this winter, if we get a couple of storm surges … I feel sorry for this fella if he doesn't soon get out," McCaron said.
Farther along P.E.I.'s North Shore, the entrance to Brackley Beach in P.E.I. National Park was being guarded by Parks Canada staff on Wednesday. Fiona caused the worst damage the park's iconic sand dunes have seen in a century, leaving the dunes dangerously unstable.
Fiona voraciously ate away at parts of Atlantic Canada's coast, demolishing wharfs and sucking homes and shoreline into the sea.
The devastation left in the storm's wake has prompted calls for the federal government to do more about coastline erosion by building up breakwaters and raising wharfs.
At a briefing on Wednesday, federal Minister of Infrastructure Dominic LeBlanc acknowledged Ottawa needs to move quickly with new programs and more money. Read the full story here.
A share of history
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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season on Wednesday in Toronto, tying him with former Yankee Roger Maris for the American League record for homers in a season. Judge, whose blast helped the Yankees to an 8-3 win over the Blue Jays, has seven more games remaining to break Maris's record. Read more here.
Through a review of public records, The Fifth Estate has identified at least 15 cases of alleged group sexual assault involving junior hockey players that have been investigated by police since 1989 — half of which surfaced in the past decade. Former junior hockey players and those who study the sport say these incidents have grown out of a culture that has included the pursuit of women as a team sport that can result in group sex. "We do know that group sex is very common in men's hockey culture," said Cheryl MacDonald, a Halifax-based sociologist who researches hockey and sexuality. But also what appears to be common are allegations of sexual violence connected to this culture. "In my own experiences, I hear hockey players talk about how things unintentionally got out of hand," MacDonald said. "And to me, that suggests that the line between something that was premeditated and something that got out of control isn't always clear." Read more on this story.
The fate of the $40-billion First Nations child welfare settlement agreement is up in the air after the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal questioned whether the terms of the deal meet the conditions of its pivotal discrimination ruling. At issue is whether the individuals covered by a $20-billion portion of the deal — which was finalized by Ottawa, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and class-action lawyers last July — are the same individuals the tribunal said should be compensated for the discrimination they suffered. In a Sept. 21 letter to the parties, the human rights panel asked whether there is a "possibility that the agreement was negotiated based on a premise that departed from the tribunal's findings and orders." That question is delaying by weeks the implementation of the compensation plan agreed upon by the federal government and the AFN. It could also put the entire settlement — the largest in Canadian history — in jeopardy. Read more here.
Two million people are without power after Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in southwest Florida. Ian, which hit the state as a powerful Category 4 storm, produced a storm surge that flooded a lower-level emergency room in a hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., while fierce winds ripped away part of the roof from its intensive care unit. Flooding trapped many people in their homes. Ian's strength dropped by late Wednesday as it moved overland, but storm surges as high as two metres were expected in northeast Florida on Thursday. Read more on the storm here.
Appointments to get the new bivalent booster shots – a type of vaccine that protects against a combination of two or more coronavirus strains – have opened up across provinces in Canada for all adults. The vaccine was initially available for provinces' more vulnerable populations at the beginning of September, but it has since been made available to everyone over the age of 18. Health officials have noted the importance of getting the shot, especially as the colder months approach, but the timing may vary person-to-person, based on when you were last infected or last vaccinated. CBC received a number of questions about the bivalent booster. You can read the answers to them here.
For Canadians, usually the most pressing reason for thinking about global currencies is to know what you can buy with your loonie when you visit Mexico, Europe or the United States. By that token, Canadians currently travelling in Britain will likely be very pleased when they examine their credit card statements back home. Earlier this year, you had to pay $1.70 for one pound sterling; this week the British currency plunged to less than $1.50. But while getting travel bargains may be gratifying, the eventual reckoning for Canadians and their economy may yet be costly. Some analysts warn that a growing wave of global instability in exchange rates could actually lead to a new financial crisis quite different from the one that hit the banking sector in 2008. If so, Canadians will not escape its effects, writes CBC's Don Pittis. Read more here.
Now here's some good news to start your Thursday: On a busy Charlottetown side street, in the drizzling rain, there's a miserable sight of fallen trees and what easily looks like a full day of cleanup. There's city crews, volunteers and people from a local business all with shovels, clearing a mire of leaves, muck and branches. The sound of chainsaws echoes throughout the street as sawdust rains like confetti. Islanders know the scene well; it's all they've seen since Saturday, with mass destruction to homes and businesses brought on by Fiona. "It's flat out the whole time," said Joe MacKinnon, the city's assistant manager of public works. Crews are working basically dawn to dusk, 12-hour days to clear tree debris. What's helping keep the crews going is the grateful response from the public. MacKinnon said it's emotional even talking about it, hearing stories of residents running out to deliver food, drinks and even invite crews in for supper. Read more here.
Opinion: Protests in Iran aren't about the hijab. They're about policing women's bodies
Whether it's Iranian women chanting for their freedom not to wear the hijab or women here fighting for control over their reproductive systems, the demands ultimately echo one sentiment: that a woman has the right to control her own body, writes Zahra Khozema. Read the column here.
Front Burner: Are we headed for a recession?
There have been some gloomy economic headlines lately as stock indexes like the TSX and Dow drop and Canada's unemployment rate goes up for the first time in months. This, as central banks continue to raise interest rates to combat inflation, which — while showing signs of slowing — remains high.
Today, CBC business reporter Pete Evans brings us a closer look at whether a recession is near, and the role that central banks — including the Bank of Canada — play.
Today in history: September 29
1916: Rising U.S. stock prices make John D. Rockefeller the world's first billionaire.
1962: Canada became the fourth country to have a satellite in space with the launch of Alouette 1 from Cape Kennedy, Fla. The satellite spent a decade studying the ionosphere from an altitude of about 1,000 kilometres before being deactivated.
1982: The first of seven people in Chicago die after unwittingly taking extra-strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. The crime was never solved.
2004: The Expos play their last game in Montreal, their home since 1969. They lost 9-1 to the Florida Marlins in front of a season-high crowd of 31,395 fans. The club moved to Washington, D.C., for the following season.
With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters