David Thurton

David Thurton is CBC's mobile journalist in Fort McMurray. He's worked for CBC in the Maritimes & in Canada's Arctic. Email: david.thurton@cbc.ca

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Brian Jean, Rachel Notley spar over support for oilsands

It was a political war of words Tuesday in Fort McMurray between Brian Jean and the person he's fighting to replace — Premier Rachel Notley.

Oilsands trade show returns to Fort McMurray after hiatus

After a one-year hiatus for the Fort McMurray wildfire, the Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference is back in town on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Game of Thrones royalty 'The Mountain' flexes his famous muscles in Fort McMurray

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as ‘The Mountain,’ is in the oilsands capital for Saturday’s Strongman Competition and Classic Car Show.

Métis elder won't cut his hair until Alberta respects Métis rights

For the last four years, Métis elder Bill Loutitt has refused to cut his hair. He promises that his long salt-and-pepper braid won't see a barber's shears until the province of Alberta properly recognizes the traditional rights of Alberta Métis people.

Proposed oilsands mine gets support from Fort McMurray Métis, four other Indigenous groups

Five Indigenous groups in the Fort McMurray region won't oppose the construction of the $20.6 billion oilsands mine north of the city.

Fort McMurray prepares for the next wildfire by strengthening its defences

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo plans to make firebreaks a permanent part of its defense against wildfires.

Fort McMurray eats up new Mexican food truck

As many as 80 customers a day flock to the truck parked in the corner of Fort McMurray’s Peter Pond Mall. Although it’s only been open four weeks, the truck has built a loyal following and attracts many new customers from word of mouth.
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Enrolment up as Fort McMurray schools re-open for first full academic year since wildfire

As Fort McMurray schools head into their first full academic year after a devastating wildfire in 2016, school districts are projecting increased enrolment.

RCMP officer charged in northern Alberta highway death pleads not guilty

An RCMP officer charged after a 41-year-old man was run over and killed on a northern Alberta highway pleaded not guilty to two charges Wednesday in Fort McMurray provincial court.

Lessons learned from Fort McMurray wildfire help with B.C. recovery

Alberta is sharing lessons it learned during the Fort McMurray wildfire to help with B.C.'s disaster recovery response in the wake of a ferocious wildfire season.

Alberta's Postmen deliver B.C. wildfire aid minus red tape

Unlike the Red Cross, the Postmen don’t have slick marketing or fundraising campaigns. Instead, they rely on social media and volunteerism to respond to emergencies.

Malicious virus disables municipal phones, computers in Fort McMurray

A malicious virus has caused computer and telephone outages at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
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To cheer up Fort McMurray, teacher rhymes some social-media spoofs

A Fort McMurray teacher is using two things he loves — nostalgia for the 1980s and wholesome memories of summer camp — to try to create social media smiles. The goal is to flood the Alberta city, trying to rebuild after one of Canada's largest wildfires, with content that makes people laugh.

Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray lead province in per-capita fentanyl deaths

The northern Alberta cities of Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray lead the province in fentanyl overdose deaths per capita, figures from Alberta Health reveal.

From oilsands mine to wetland: Is Syncrude's reclamation experiment working?

Syncrude is one of the first oilsands companies trying to restore a wetland back to some semblance of what it was before it was mined. It's been five years since the company began the science experiment. This week, they invited reporters to have a look.