Industrial fire on Henry Street in Brantford

GALLERY: Fire at North West Rubber in Brantford A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Email A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Share Fire at North West Rubber in Brantford Pinterest A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Reddit Tumblr A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Stacks of rubber mats on skids burn in the yard at North West Rubber, located at 321 Henry Street… LinkedIn A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Fire crews responded to a fire at North West Rubber on Henry Street in Brantford on June 8, 2019. The fire was contained to outside the building where several rubber mats were stored. Stacks of rubber mats on skids burn in the yard at North West Rubber, located at 321 Henry Street… 1/6 Google Plus A stubborn pall of black smoke hovered over Brantford Sunday after a compound filled with recycled rubber matting caught fire at an industrial site off Wayne Gretzky Parkway.The fire occurred early Sunday morning in an outdoor storage area at North West Rubber located at 321 Henry Street between Middleton Street and Adams Boulevard.Brantford and Brant County firefighters responded with aerial trucks and took advantage of the numerous hydrants in the industrial area.Despite pouring enormous amounts of water on the fire, thick black smoke emanated from the property throughout the day. The plume was reminiscent of the Hagersville Tire Fire of 1990 and was visible as far south as the Waterford area in Norfolk County.Mid-afternoon Sunday – with black smoke continuing to pour from the site — firefighters brought in an excavator to separate the piles and expose the hot-spots each in their turn.“What’s burning are pallets and rubber,” Brantford deputy fire chief Todd Binkley said in a phone interview. “We’re having trouble extinguishing it because of how everything is stacked.“We’re going to have to get some product separation so we can get at it with our foam, yes.”Chemicals are mixed with tanker water to produce the foam. Foam is used when firefighters are confronted with a blaze that needs to be smothered.There was no immediate word of cause or the extent of the damage. Binkley said no firefighters were injured or suffered ill effects from the battle. Henry Street was closed in the area of the fire for the duration of the response.The fire occurred in the ward of Brantford City Coun. Richard Carpenter. Around noon Sunday, Carpenter said firefighters had the situation under control despite black smoke billowing from the property.“North West Rubber has never had a problem before in the city,” Carpenter said.“Our fire department is at the scene and they are very diligent at what they do. They are very well prepared for this.”People were told to stay away from the area.“Residents and businesses in the area are advised to close windows and avoid smoke as a precaution. MOE (Ministry of the Environment) has been notified for air-quality monitoring. Avoid the area,” Brantford fire officials said in a social media post.The city also advised residents in the area to not use their HVAC systems.Later on Sunday, the city said businesses in the area were “encouraged to evacuate.”Contaminants found in the plume were “well below the Ministry’s emergency screening values for public exposure,” said a media release.“Therefore, at the levels currently measured the MOE does not anticipate health impacts to the public from short-term exposure to the plume from the fire.”The MOE will continue to monitor air quality on Monday.As for the properties downwind, homes and businesses catching the fumes had the misfortune of having the fire occur on a day when the breeze was blowing from east to west.Instead of the smoke heading in the direction of Hamilton like it would on a normal day in June, it headed instead in the direction of Paris and Burford.An environmental worker at the scene said the fire was confined to an outdoor storage area. The witness said firefighters were working hard to prevent the flames from infiltrating adjacent buildings.Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis received periodic updates on the situation throughout the day. He was non-committal when asked if it was a good idea to let industries store large amounts of flammable, toxic materials within city limits when they are extremely difficult to extinguish.“I don’t intend to speculate until I know all the facts,” Davis said Sunday afternoon. “If there is an issue, I intend to pursue it further with provincial authorities.”North West Rubber’s website says the company was established in 1968.The company “owns and operates manufacturing facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, China and Texas,” the website says. “The markets that NWR serves today include agriculture, recreational flooring, commercial flooring, playground, pet, construction, industrial, traffic safety, marine, solar, manufacturing and landscaping.”North West Rubber derives its raw materials from discarded old tires among other [email protected] @BrantfordFire are battling a #fire at Northwest Rubber #Brantford. The company manufactures rubber mats. Henry St. closed east of Gretzky Parkway. @TheExpositor— Brian Thompson (@EXPbthompson) June 9, 2019 read more

Google now has a form for those who want to be forgotten

first_imgEUROPEANS CAN REQUEST that Google ‘forgets’ about them from today.If follows a European Court of Justice ruling that individuals have the right to have links to information about them deleted from searches under certain circumstances, such as it being outdated or inaccurate.However, this only applies to websites being linked to from Google search results, and not the information on the website itself.For example, a link from Google to a webpage mentioning an individual could be blocked, but the webpage would still be accessible – just not from Google.To comply with the recent ruling, Google launched a webform available for Europeans to request the removal of results from the search engine.It asks those applying to identify who they are, which specific links they want removed from search results and why.Photo IDThose making requests must prove they are who they say they are by providing digital copies of a form of photo identification such as national identity cards or drivers’ licenses.They are also asked to electronically sign the request.Requests will be reviewed individually by someone at Google, and not handled by automated software.Google declined to estimate how long it might be until links begin disappearing, saying factors such as whether requests are clear cut will affect how long it takes.“We’re working to finalize our implementation of removal requests under European data protection law as soon as possible,” Google said in a note atop the web form.In the meantime, please fill out the form… and we will notify you when we start processing your request.The form explained that Google will look at whether the targeted results are in the public interest, such as information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions or public misconduct by government officials.Google described the form as “an initial effort” and explained it will work with data protection authorities in the months ahead to refine the process.In an email to, a Google spokesperson saidThe court’s ruling requires Google to make difficult judgments about an individual’s right to be forgotten and the public’s right to know. We’re creating an expert advisory committee to take a thorough look at these issues. We’ll also be working with data protection authorities and others as we implement this ruling.”Analysts said the global impact of the ruling was not immediately clear, but that it could raise some tricky issues in Europe and beyond.Worries also arose that letting people edit their online histories could hamper investigative journalism.The case highlights growing concerns about so-called online reputation management, which has spawned an industry that helps eliminate or minimize damaging information online.- © AFP, 2014, additional reporting by Nicky RyanRead: Europe struck wrong balance on ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, says Google boss >More: 8 Google search trends that prove Ireland’s glory days are truly over >last_img read more