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Outpouring of adoption applications for Sniffles the noseless dog

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Brooklyn Neustaeter, CTVNews.ca Staff


Published Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:14AM EST

An animal rescue centre in Florida is sorting through more than 200 adoption applications for a senior dog without a nose after his rescue story went viral.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida wrote in a Facebook post that it has received “200-plus emails, voice messages, social media inquires and applications” regarding Sniffles, a noseless dog that gained national attention after WESH-TV aired a Christmas Eve special on the dog’s story.

Admirers of the 12-year-old dog have taken to social media, showing him an outpouring of support.

According to the foster-based rescue shelter, Sniffles is “a one-of-a kind canine.” Because he does not have a nose, they say he tends to snort but “he loves strangers and kids.”

“He’s just a precious old man. Everyone at the vet’s office has fallen in love with him,” the shelter’s special needs director Michelle Wacker said in an interview with WESH-TV in Orlando.

Sniffles was once a stray in Puerto Rico and was first rescued by a group known as Rabito Kontento, which is Spanish for Happy Tails. Poodle and Pooch Rescue wrote that Sniffles needed extensive treatment in Puerto Rico after he was attacked by a group of larger stray dogs. It said Sniffles sustained multiple injuries and bite wounds, and likely lost his nose during the attack.

After three surgeries but still in need of regular veterinary care, Sniffles was adopted to a home in Florida. However, he kept escaping, which the rescue says makes for “an unsafe situation” for a dog with special needs.

Sniffles was later found by animal control wandering the streets of Orange County, Fla. He was taken to Poodle and Pooch Rescue on Dec. 19.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue wrote that Sniffles is still in need of dental work to adjust his crooked grin but will soon have a forever home. President of Poodle and Pooch Rescue Rebecca Lynch told CTVNews.ca in an email that the centre plans to have an update on Sniffles’ adoption on Thursday or Friday.

The shelter wrote that anyone who does not get the chance to adopt Sniffles can set their sights on some of the centre’s other special needs dogs.

“Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your desire to help, your kindness and your generosity. So many others in need, please take the time to learn about them as well,” they wrote.

The majority of the dogs at Poodle and Pooch Rescue are older, injured or dealing with a medical issue.

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Ottawa families give mixed reviews for online schooling

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So, how’s it going with online school? Families reached by CBC Ottawa seem to have mixed reviews. 

Masuma Khan is a mother of two. Her seven-year-old, Hana Wyndham in Grade 2, is attending French immersion virtual school. Masuma is grateful it’s an option, but can’t help notice a lot of down time.

“There’s a lot of, ‘are you on mute?’ In terms of the amount of learning that’s actually happening, it does seem to be not that high,” said Masuma.

Parents who kept their children at home this fall are in the minority, but they still form a significant chunk of families in Ottawa.

In the city’s largest school board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), about 27 per cent of elementary students and 22 per cent of high school students chose online learning. The Ottawa Catholic School Board says roughly a quarter of its students are online.

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Top environment official urges Canadians to back Ottawa’s ambitious plans to tackle plastic trash

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The second in command at the federal Environment Ministry challenged Canadians to continue to speak up about the problem of plastic pollution and push elected officials, scientists and businesses to do more.

Quebec MP Peter Schiefke, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, made the comments online at Vancouver’s annual zero waste conference on Friday.

He said most Canadians want solutions to curb the tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic garbage that ends up as litter each year on the country’s beaches, parks, lakes and in the stomachs of animals. 

“Making sure that message is heard with industry stakeholders, elected officials and make sure that they are constantly putting pressure on it … so we notice that this is something that Canadians want, the backing of Canadians to go and undertake these huge challenges,” he said.

Schiefke filled in for  Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson at the last minute after Wilkinson was called away to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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OC Transpo’s monthly bus pass one of the most expensive fares in Canada

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OTTAWA — OC Transpo’s monthly bus pass is one of the most expensive passes in Canada, and transit riders are facing another 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares on New Year’s Day.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Transit Commission meeting on the 2021 budget, CTV News Ottawa looked at the cost of a monthly adult bus pass at transit services across Canada. Ottawa ranks behind the TTC in Toronto, Mississauga’s “MiWay”, Brampton Transit and Vancouver “TransLink” Zone 2 access to the suburbs for most expensive transit fares in Canada.

The cost of an OC Transpo adult monthly bus pass is currently $119.50 a month.

The 2021 City of Ottawa budget includes a proposed 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares. If approved, an adult monthly transit pass will increase $3 to $122.50, while a youth pass will increase $2.25 to $94.50 a month.  The cost of an adult single-ride cash fare would rise a nickel to $3.65.

The TTC is the most expensive transit service in Canada, charging $156 a month for an adult fare. MiWay charges $135 a month, and the cost of an adult monthly pass with Brampton Transit is $128.

Metro Vancouver’s transportation network “TransLink” has three fare zones. The monthly bus pass cost for “Zone 1”, which covers Vancouver, is $97 for adults. The “Zone 2” fare, which covers Vancouver and the suburbs of Richmond and Burnaby, is $131 a month.

Edmonton Transit Service, which includes a Light Rail System with 18 stations on two different lines, charges $97 a month for an adult monthly bus pass.

An adult monthly bus pass in Calgary costs $109 a month.

The survey by CTV News Ottawa of transit fares across Canada shows Gatineau has higher transit fares than Montreal and Quebec City. The STO charges $99 a month.

A monthly adult bus pass costs $88.50 in Montreal and $89.50 in Quebec City.

The cheapest adult monthly bus fare is in Charlottetown, at $58.50 a month. A monthly bus pass in Whitehorse costs $62 a month.

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