Bomb threats called into two federal buildings in Charlottetown

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Hundreds of employees sent home from DVA, Jean Canfield buildings as police dogs sweep through

Two bomb threats sent hundreds of federal employees out on the streets of Charlottetown, and eventually home Wednesday.

The first call came in around 11 a.m. with a bomb threat against the Veterans Affairs Canada headquarters on Grafton Street.

Gary McGuigan, deputy chief of operations for Charlottetown Police Services said that DVA security began an evacuation plan when the call came in.

Police arrived and did an initial sweep of the building with the DVA security staff.

That sweep turned up nothing but just to be sure, a request was sent for a police dog from Moncton that is trained in sniffing for explosives, said McGuigan.

“As a precautionary measure we’ll have the dog, the canine unit, do a cursory search of the building,” said McGuigan.

The New Brunswick police dog arrived, as did a P.E.I.-based dog and the two set to work through the DVA building.

That ended about 3 p.m. with nothing found and moments later a bomb threat was called into the nearby Jean Canfield federal building.

It is home to a variety of federal department offices, including spill-over office space for DVA employees.

Staff from the morning threat at DVA went over to the Confederation Court Mall and the Confederation Centre of the Arts during the evacuation, then went home for the day.

Staff at the Canfield building also went home for the day after the call came in.

Nothing was found at either federal building so now analysis begins to see if the call can be traced and a suspect identified, Charlottetown Police Services told The Guardian.

Organizations: Veterans Affairs Canada, Confederation Court Mall, Confederation Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Moncton

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Recent comments

  • Mike K
    January 07, 2016 - 13:24

    @PFSST! I sure hope that was sarcasm otherwise you must have never had to deal with DVA !!

  • Brian MacDonald
    January 07, 2016 - 07:29

    Your headline on the print edition reads "Mayhem at DVA". Really, Guardian? Mayhem? Sensationalize much?

  • PFSST!
    January 07, 2016 - 05:27

    Rich and tim, VAC employees are highly trained and do their jobs with highest regard. Get a life.......both of you!

    • Lily
      January 07, 2016 - 20:52

      LOL, that is the best I have ever heard. If only you could be a fly on the wall in there. Highly trained and with highest regard? Self-serving and entitled is the attitude in VAC. I see it around me every day.

  • Rich
    January 06, 2016 - 19:45

    They are even opened? Could have fooled me...I have 6 months of prescriptions pilling up here waiting for VAC approval and my doctor got fed up with it and just went to the provincial government to cover it on ''compassionate grounds '' VAC - Just do us all a favor and stay closed until you are ready to help disabled veterans or realize what your departments mission is..

  • tim
    January 06, 2016 - 19:21

    Just great probably have to wait another 9 months to get VAC to sign a piece of paper for me..