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Google Maps Street View has captured what, at first glance, appears to be a normal-looking residential street in the UK. The Google image shows a row of not-out-the-ordinary houses under an overcast sky. However, this angle of the street, in particular, focuses on one two-storey house and its driveway. In front of the house, at the end of the drive, is a woman dressed in jeans and a blouse.

She appears to be in the middle of watering flowers that are hidden from view behind a bush.

While to most Google Maps Street View users this image has very little meaning, for one woman it meant an awful lot.

Denise Underhill had once lived in this very house near Birmingham before moving to Florida.

One day she decided to look up her old home on Google and was amazed when she spotted the house unchanged… and her late mother watering the flowers outside.

It had been 18 months since Denise’s mum died but there she was in the middle of an activity she always did, just as if no time had passed.

Denise told local paper Tamworth Herald how she’d had an urge one day to ring her mother, but knew she couldn’t.

So, instead, she ”decided to Google Earth my mother’s home to see how it looked, considering, since she had passed away in 2015 and the property had been sold.

“At the foot of the driveway was my mother. She was watering the garden, just as she always did.

“I was absolutely astounded – it made my day. You never know what photos are being taken but they really do last a lifetime. I think someone wanted me to see this.”

This may be a delightful story but not all such tales have a happy ending, as one man found out the hard way.

Google Maps Street View captured a photograph of a man and woman on a bench in Peru’s capital of Lima

The man was lying on the seat with his head on the woman’s lap as she gazed tenderly at him and stroked his hair.

The woman was in fact been photographed with her lover – and the shot was spotted by her husband.

The husband found out about the affair his wife was having after he saw the photo.

He first realised it was her when he observed that the woman in the shot had the exact same clothes his wife did.

The cuckolded husband then put two and two together and realised his wife had been unfaithful.

The man went on to confront his wife about her infidelity following the discovery in 2013, which she admitted to.

The couple, whose names have not been revealed, later divorced as a result of the wife’s affair.

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American woman faces $2,800 parking bill after leaving car in Toronto during pandemic

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Parking in the city can be costly, but one American woman is learning just how bad it can be after being unable to retrieve her car for nearly a year.

Detroit resident Kim Richardson left her 2004 Honda Element at the Park2Sky lot by Pearson airport in March 2020 before flying out to Europe for a medical procedure. She originally planned to retrieve it within two weeks but partway through her trip, the Canada-US border got closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

Richardson’s return flight was rerouted to Detroit and she’s been unable to return to Toronto since.

What was originally a $100 bill has now inflated to $2,800 as the lot’s owner says he has a business to operate and is owed payment for 11 months of storage. However, Richardson believes she’s being extorted for an issue beyond her control.

Park2Sky personnel claim that several Americans who found themselves in similar predicaments have had their cars shipped home.

“I don’t understand, I don’t know what’s going on here. Business is down, I’m not making any money at all. People who leave their car are paid. She’s the only one that hasn’t paid,” said the owner to CBC News this week.

The stalemate is expected to last a while longer as travel restrictions remain in place and Ontario Provincial Police have said they won’t get involved in a civil matter.

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All systems are go for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in 2021

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KINGSTON — Despite Canada’s newly extended cruise ship ban, Canadians still have a small-ship cruising alternative in 2021 with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines.

The small-ship operator, which sails on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, has confirmed operations for 2021, with overnight cruises on both rivers from May 20 to Oct. 24. A variety of cruises ranging from four to seven nights will depart from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City, sailing exclusively in domestic waters with stops at select ports in Ontario and Quebec.

On Feb. 4, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra announced that Canada’s cruise ship ban will be extended until Feb. 28, 2022. This measure, which effectively prohibits cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers from operating in Canadian waters, does not impact the small-ship operations of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines and its 32-stateroom CANADIAN EMPRESS.

“We are excited to offer travellers a small ship option for the 2021 season,” said President Jason Clark. “Our overnight cruises stay close to shore in Canadian waters and our COVID-19 Health and Safety program has been recognized for its high standards.”

This past December, the cruise line was awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) for adherence to global standards of health and hygiene. The program includes a wide range of safety measures, including reduced passenger loads, masking, physical distancing and hospital-grade electrostatic disinfecting for both private staterooms and shared spaces. Plus, all staterooms have access to fresh air, climate controls and views of the river.

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Here’s How Canada’s ‘Screening Officers’ Will Check On Travellers During Quarantine

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The federal government is reminding all travellers in Canada that “Screening Officers” may pay them a visit post-arrival.

In a statement about the country’s latest travel restrictions, Transport Canada confirmed that newly-trained officials would be tasked with checking up on travellers during their two-week quarantine period.

The role of the Screening Officers will be to visit travellers’ quarantine locations to “establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada.”

This is to make sure individuals are complying with Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement.

The checks will be conducted across 35 Canadian cities, having already started in Montreal and Toronto back in January.

The officials will provide “compliance education” and will be able to issue verbal warnings, but stronger enforcement action will be referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and then law enforcement for follow-up checks. 

Failing to comply with the Quarantine Act or with Screening Officers’ instructions could result in fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

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