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Wiarton Willie Predicts Early Spring; Shubenacadie Sam Says There’s More Winter to Come

Wiarton Willie Predicts Early Spring; Shubenacadie Sam Says There’s More Winter to Come

By The Canadian Press

Shubenacadie Sam Groundhog
Shubenacadie Sam looks around after emerging from his burrow at the wildlife park in Shubenacadie, N.S. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Sam saw his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

There’s conflicting predictions from Canada’s two most famous forecasting groundhogs, with Wiarton Willie heralding an early spring while Shubenacadie Sam claims there will be six more weeks of winter.

The mayor of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, which includes the community of Wiarton, announced Willie’s prediction on stage with Premier Doug Ford on Saturday morning.

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Winnipeg Begins Spraying for Tree Pest Caterpillars

Winnipeg Begins Spraying for Tree Pest Caterpillars

By Sarah Klein

Caterpillar

WINNIPEG — The city’s insect control branch has started its tree pest caterpillar control program for the season.

The program will also target elm spanworm, and the spring and fall cankerworm species using Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (BTK). The high-pressure tree sprayers come in the form of an organic and biological agent meant to stop feeding and kill off the caterpillars within two to three days of ingesting the substance.

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Wildfires Trigger More Manitoba Travel Restrictions

Wildfires Trigger More Manitoba Travel Restrictions

Grass Fire
A large grass fire burns near Dugald Road just east of Lagimodiere Boulevard on Sunday, April 29, 2018. (@UFFW867)

More travel restrictions have been put into place across Manitoba as dry and windy conditions continue throughout the province and pose a fire risk.

Manitoba Sustainable Development has also cancelled burning permits for the western, eastern and central regions of Manitoba.

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Wildfires Ignite in Southeast Manitoba, Travel Restrictions in Place

Wildfires Ignite in Southeast Manitoba, Travel Restrictions in Place

Wildfire
Firefighters battle a grass fire in Winnipeg on Sunday, April 29, 2018. (@UFFW867 / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — It was a busy weekend for firefighters in Manitoba as crews battled several wildfires that were sparked in extremely dry and windy conditions.

On Sunday, about 70 firefighters responded to a blaze near Dugald Road and Lagimodiere Boulevard that took over two hours to fully extinguish.

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Winnipeg Begins Mosquito Larviciding Program

Winnipeg Begins Mosquito Larviciding Program

Mosquito Helicopter
A City of Winnipeg larviciding helicopter prepares to take off from the Grey Street heliport on Friday, April 27, 2018. (CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg’s insect control helicopters are in the skies as part of the seasonal mosquito larviciding program.

Staff have already begun treating standing water, targeting mosquito larvae in the aquatic stage before they emerge as adults.

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