Highlights / Fort McMurray

Environment & Animal Life, Health, Indigenous

The Alberta flooding claims its first life

The flooding in northern Alberta that has forced thousands to leave their homes in the city of Fort McMurray has claimed its first life. It happened near Fort McKay, a community located about 55 kilometres north of Fort McMurray at »

Environment & Animal Life, Health

Four years after massive fires, Fort McMurray braces for a new crisis

Residents of the northern Alberta community of Fort McMurray may well be forgiven for being more than a little jumpy right now. You may remember the town’s name. It was four years ago next month that a wildfire of biblical »


Syncrude outage expected to boost heavy oil prices

A production shutdown at one of Canada’s largest oil sands facilities is expected to drive up the prices for Canadian heavy oil while freeing up pipeline space for exports of oil products from Western Canada. Syncrude Canada has said its »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Scouts plant trees after Fort McMurray wildfires

The Scouts Canada youth organization is going to plant 750 trees in the western city of Fort McMurray to replace some of those devastated in last year’s wildfires. The raging fire tore through about 590,000 hectares and upwards of 88,000 people »

Economy, Health, Society

Firefighters ‘lives to be shortened,’ says union leader

Municipal firefighters who battled the massive Fort McMurray wildfire in the western province of Alberta in May are being screened for health problems, reports Canadian Press (CP). Some of the 180 crew members have developed persistent coughs, says Nick Waddington, »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Society

Fort McMurray wildfire: Costliest natural disaster in Canadian history

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has released its preliminary report on damage claims from the Fort McMurray wildfire in northern Alberta. The giant forest fire in western Canada was dubbed ‘the beast” because of its size, speed, the destruction »


Fort Mac fire chief wants building code changes

The man in charge of the battle against the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray wants changes to the way houses are built to avoid future devastation, reports Canadian Press. The fire that engulfed this western Canadian city gutted thousands of »


After the fire, Fort McMurray gets rain, flash floods

Five weeks after raging fires tore through Fort McMurray in western Canada, returning residents faced heavy rain and flash floods. Some 66mm of rain fell in the area yesterday causing rivers, creeks and culverts to overflow. Residents are warned to stay »


Evacuees set to return to fire-ravaged Fort McMurray

The return of evacuees to the fire-ravaged oil town of Fort McMurray in the western Canadian province of Alberta is on schedule even though extensive environmental testing found elevated levels of pH and heavy metals in the city’s three hardest-hit »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Wildfires; more and bigger

The recent and still raging wildfire which destroyed a portion of the Alberta town of Fort McMurray, has attracted worldwide attention. Other wildfires so far this year have also forced evacuations in other provinces in Canada, and wildfires are now »