Highlights / Fort McMurray

Economy

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, 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, 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» 

Society

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» 

Society

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» 

Society

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, Internet, Science and 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» 

Environment, Society

Fort McMurray evacuees could return home starting June 1

Residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray may be allowed to start returning to their homes as of June 1, authorities in the western Canadian province of Alberta announced today. Nearly 90,000 people fled the city in northeastern Alberta as a raging» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Society

Fort McMurray fire prompts more northern Alberta evacuations

About 8,000 more people, mainly oil camp workers, are being evacuated from northern Alberta in the wake of the devastating wildfire that struck the city of Fort McMurray earlier this month. Meanwhile, the slightly less than 90,000 Fort McMurray residents»