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Atlantic Canada Blizzard Won't Stop People From Getting Sh*t Done

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A little bit of snow (OK, A LOT of snow) isn't about to stop Atlantic Canadians from getting stuff done.

Obviously, there are cars to dig out and driveways to clear. But what about the people who perform critical, often life-saving work that doesn't stop when the weather turns nasty?

CBC New Brunswick caught up with palliative care physician Dr. Debbie Gowan on Monday as she braved the storm in Fredericton.

She told the news outlet she set out on foot about an hour after her husband, a surgeon at the same hospital; both had patients they had to tend to.

"He's hoping his first patients made it to the hospital so he can operate on them; otherwise they get cancelled, and that's crazy because it's a waitlist and it's difficult for the poor patients to have their surgeries cancelled."


CBC Halifax reporter Sandy Smith spotted a similar scene Tuesday, and snapped a photo of hospital staff trudging through the deep snow to get in for their shifts.

Parts of Atlantic Canada remain under a blizzard warning Tuesday after a massive storm descended on the region, dumping loads of snow — up to 80 centimetres in some areas.

High winds and blowing snow continue to hamper visibility and road conditions, and transit services have been pulled in several cities.

And despite warnings to stay at home, a group of off-roading enthusiasts were using their storm-equipped vehicles to shuttle workers to and from homeless and youth shelters around the city.

The Harbour Hounds told CBC Halifax that they were having a good time helping people get around, and proud to provide the service.

"(Shelter workers) have to get there," said group member Jessica Brunet.

"And instead of them having to spend the night at the shelter, we want to make sure they can actually get home and to work safely. We know they're so short-staffed as it is. Anything to make it easier for them."

Club member John Volc told Global Halifax he'd been tasked with making sure people made it to their hospital appointments.

"It's nice helping out," he said.

The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman shared a video of his on-foot commute to work Tuesday morning, showing massive snow drifts piled up on the sides of Halifax streets.

A number of other people can also be seen walking on the road, probably trying to get to work, too.

Even Halifax's most studious weren't afraid to set off on a quest for higher learning.

With files from The Canadian Press

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