Snowstorm forces closure, relocation of dozens of Manitoba increase election polls


The snowstorm that hit Manitoba this week not only caused damage to homes, vehicles, and power lines and closed highways — it’s also forced a handful of federal election advance polling stations in Winnipeg to relocate, and closed many others around the province.

Advance polling stations at the Sergeant Tommy Prince Community Centre and the Norquay Community Centre have both been moved to 413 McPhillips St., an Elections Canada spokesperson told CBC News Saturday.

About Snowstorm
A winter storm is an event in which varieties of precipitation are formed that only occur at low temperatures, such as snow or sleet, or a rainstorm where ground temperatures are low enough to allow ice to form (i.e. freezing rain). In temperate continental climates, these storms are not necessarily restricted to the winter season, but may occur in the late autumn and early spring as well. Very rarely, they may form in summer, though it would have to be an abnormally cold summer, such as the summer of 1816 in the Northeastern United States.

Snowstorm forces closure, relocation of dozens of Manitoba advance election polls

About forces
In physics, a force is any interaction that, when unopposed, will change the motion of an object. A force can cause an object with mass to change its velocity (which includes to begin moving from a state of rest), i.e., to accelerate. Force can also be described intuitively as a push or a pull. A force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity. It is measured in the SI unit of newtons and represented by the symbol F.
The original form of Newton’s second law states that the net force acting upon an object is equal to the rate at which its momentum changes with time. If the mass of the object is constant, this law implies that the acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net force acting on the object, is in the direction of the net force, and is inversely proportional to the mass of the object.
Concepts related to force include: thrust, which increases the velocity of an object; drag, which decreases the velocity of an object; and torque, which produces changes in rotational speed of an object. In an extended body, each part usually applies forces on the adjacent parts; the distribution of such forces through the body is the internal mechanical stress. Such internal mechanical stresses cause no acceleration of that body as the forces balance one another. Pressure, the distribution of many small forces applied over an area of a body, is a simple type of stress that if unbalanced can cause the body to accelerate. Stress usually causes deformation of solid materials, or flow in fluids.

And the St. Vital/St. Boniface polling station at Club Eclipse ’79 on de la Cathedrale Avenue was moved to the Notre Dame Community Centre at 271 de la Cathedrale.

Meanwhile, several advance polls in the ridings of Brandon-Souris, Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, Portage-Lisgar, Provencher, and Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman were closed Saturday, according to Elections Canada’s website.

Snowstorm forces closure, relocation of dozens of Manitoba advance election polls

“The chief electoral officer has authorized the close or delayed opening of certain polling places in Manitoba due to winter conditions and power outages. Before heading to a polling place, make sure it is safe to do so,” the website says.

A spokesperson from Elections Canada says people planning to vote in advance polls Saturday should check the Elections Canada website to find their polling station, then call that office to make sure it’s open.

Elections Canada said more information will be released as it’s available.

Advance voting ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election began on Friday. Advance polls are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day from now until Oct. 14 at assigned polling stations.