‘Weeks’ To Find Body
MONTREAL — The painstaking removal of rubble from Port-au-Prince’s
Montana Hotel – thought to contain the remains of Haitian quake victim
Alexandre Bitton, 36, of Montreal and other Canadians and victims –
could take “weeks and weeks,” Canadian Air Force Col. Scott Clancy was
quoted as saying from Haiti last week. Rescue teams reportedly dug a
14-metre tunnel into the hotel as part of the salvage operation. Only
17 people reportedly survived the hotel’s collapse, with 25 bodies
recovered and scores still unaccounted for. Bitton, a computer
technician and the only known Canadian-Jewish victim, was on a business
trip when a massive earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12. In all, 106
Canadians were still missing there as of last week.
Haifa Gas Field Find
TORONTO — Canada’s Bontan Oil and Gas Company said last week that it has found a reserve of up to six trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the coast of Israel. The gas could be worth up to $7.54 billion at current prices, the Israeli daily business newspaper Globes reported. The prospective resources in two gas fields, called Mira and Sarah, were found by the Toronto-based company off the Mediterranean coast close to Haifa, near the gas fields Tamar and Dalit, which were discovered last year.