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'I think we have a chance... to do the right thing'

A mash-up of voices at Wood Buffalo municipal council Tuesday as they debated whether a public inquiry should be called into the Moccasin Flats- a riverside Indigenous community that was removed.
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Fort McMurray wants public inquiry into removal of Indigenous settlement

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will ask the provincial government to launch a public inquiry into the forced evictions decades ago of First Nations and Métis people from an area known as Moccasin Flats.

Fort McMurray pot smoking restrictions among 'strongest' in Alberta, advocacy group says

Pot users will not be allowed to light up or vape in public spaces in the Fort McMurray region.

Fort McMurray candidates condemn opponent's racial slur

Candidates in the Fort McMurray/Conklin byelection are condemning a five-year-old post by the Alberta Party candidate which contained a racial slur.

Fort McMurray-Conklin Alberta Party byelection candidate apologizes for racial slur

The Alberta Party's byelection candidate in Fort McMurray-Conklin is apologizing for a racial slur he wrote in a social media post written five years ago
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Fort McMurray families clean up after sewer backup

Some residents in a Fort McMurray subdivision are cleaning up two days after raw sewage backed up through their toilets and drains, flooding basements with waste water and sludge.
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Fort McMurray toilets overflowing

Some residents in a Fort McMurray subdivision are cleaning up two days after raw sewage backed up through their toilets and drains, flooding basements with waste water and sludge.
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Fort McMurray man raising awareness about missing Indigenous woman last seen 8 years ago

Martin Crummy protested on street corners around downtown Fort McMurray over the Canada Day long weekend to raise awareness about Janice Desjarlais, a missing Indigenous woman last seen nearly eight years ago.
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'Enough is enough of our missing and murdered Indigenous women going away from us'

Martin Crummy and Adam McDonald picketed street corners around downtown Fort McMurray to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women through one victim– Janice Desjarlais.

Fort McMurray councillor embroiled in conflict of interest violations asked to resign

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo wants Coun. Krista Balsom to resign for violating conflict-of-interest rules, and plans to take the matter to a judge if she doesn't quit on her own.

Fort McMurray councillor who violated conflict of interest rules withheld key information, report says

Fort McMurray Coun. Krista Balsom would not have been approved to vote on 2018 budget matters if she had disclosed all of her business contracts with groups that receive funding from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, a report has found.

Fort McMurray councillor violated conflict of interest rules, investigation finds

A third-party investigation has determined a Fort McMurray councillor violated conflict of interest rules when it came to a 2018 budget vote.

Teepee-raising protests forced removal of Indigenous families in Fort McMurray

During the height of a heat wave, John Malcolm tries unsuccessfully to keep cool in the shade of his teepee in downtown Fort McMurray.

Audit reveals weaknesses in Wood Buffalo's contracting procedures

Independent auditors have slapped Wood Buffalo municipal administrators on the wrist in a critical report that concludes taxpayer money was spent inappropriately on multi-million dollar projects that were tendered.

'Smells like strong cat pee': Smartphone app tracks oilsands odour complaints

As often as twice a week, Melinda Stewart smells fumes from nearby oilsands plants that surround the Fort McKay First Nation, north of Fort McMurray.

Removal of trees will keep float planes safe near new Fort McMurray art installation

As many as two dozen trees will be removed or relocated from downtown Fort McMurray to ensure that float planes and a two-storey piece of public art can safely co-exist.

'Anxious to get it over with': UCP wants Fort McMurray byelection to be called

It's been three months since former Alberta opposition leader Brian Jean resigned his seat and his party is calling on the government to announce a date for the byelection that will fill his seat.

Fort McMurray airport suing insurer for $34M over losses in wildfire

The Fort McMurray Airport Authority is suing its insurer for $34 million to cover losses incurred in the devastating wildfire two years ago.

'Cowardly act': Afghanistan war monument vandalized in Fort McMurray

A light armoured vehicle that sits outside the Fort McMurray Legion in commemoration of the 162 Canadians killed in Afghanistan was vandalized Monday.

No end in sight for Fort McMurray's looming gravel crisis

Delays in opening a new aggregate mine could mean an area-wide gravel shortage for oilsands companies in the Wood Buffalo region.

Fort McMurray councillor at centre of conflict-of-interest investigation

Fort McMurray Coun. Krista Balsom vows to defend herself against allegations that she voted on budget items in which she had a financial interest.

Wildfire evacuation alert lifted in Northern Alberta community

A forest fire outside Janvier in northern Alberta no longer poses an immediate threat to the community, as it's being held by emergency crews and is not expected to grow.

Firefighters holding back wildfire near northern Alberta community

Forest fire fighters are holding back a wildfire from the northern Alberta community and Janvier and the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation.

Northern Alberta hamlet on alert as wildfire danger rises in Fort McMurray, Lac La Biche areas

Lightning and parched conditions have sparked multiple wildfires in northern Alberta.

All Fort McMurray wildfire insurance claims given a 'blanket' extension, Ceci says

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Wednesday all Fort McMurray wildfire insurance policyholders will have an extra year to file their claims.

Prevention, preparedness key to Fort McMurray's new emergency strategy

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo adopted a new emergency management bylaw Tuesday evening with the hope it will put the municipality in a better position for future disasters.

Fort Fitzgerald, population 8, completes own census for 1st time thanks to 'tenacious' resident

For the first time in the Wood Buffalo region's census history, the small community of Fort Fitzgerald, Alta., completed its very own census data collection — thanks to a determined, longtime resident who loves her community.

Rachel Notley threatened to change Insurance Act if Fort McMurray claim extensions weren't granted, memo says

Premier Rachel Notley threatened to change the Alberta Insurance Act if insurance companies did not offer extensions for Fort McMurray wildfire claims, according to a memo.

Historic oilsands facility near Fort McMurray to get major renovations

​Bitumount, Alberta's first oilsands processing facility, has seen better days. But this summer, the province will clean up some elements of the historic site north of Fort McMurray before it succumbs to the boreal forest that surrounds it.

Two years after Fort McMurray wildfire, 900 insurance claims remain unresolved

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Wednesday afternoon the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire saw 25,499 residential property claims and 97 per cent have been settled as of May 10, 2018.
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Alberta now has world's largest expanse of protected boreal forest

Alberta is now home to the largest area of protected boreal forest in the world, following an announcement Tuesday that set aside more than 13,600 square kilometres of land across much of northeast Alberta.

Jann Arden apologizes for 'tar sands' tweet, while Fort McMurray concert sells out

Calgary-born singer Jann Arden is apologizing for a tweet she posted in 2016 calling out the environmental record of the oilsands.

Baby food for thought: Evacuation centres urged to consider nutrition needs of infants

Safely Fed Canada, released a report Wednesday that shows evacuation centres particularly during the Fort McMurray wildfire did not not offer adequate encouragement, reminders or sanitary conditions to families with infants who were nursing or on formula.
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' Residents need to help us and do the census'

In May 2016, more than 80,000 people fled the Fort McMurray area during Canada's largest wildfire evacuation. Now the municipality wants to answer the question that has been asked ever since: How many came back?

Jann Arden 'tar sands' tweet sparks call to boycott Fort McMurray concert

A 2016 tweet from Jann Arden calling out the environmental record of the "tar sands" is sparking new controversy ahead of the singer-songwriter's concert later this year in Fort McMurray.

RCMP find remains of missing Fort McMurray man

Family members say the RCMP has found the remains of a missing Fort McMurray man who was last seen three months ago.

How does the pace of Fort McMurray's wildfire rebuild compare to Slave Lake?

The Town of Slave Lake isn’t isn’t surprised years after a similar wildfire raged through its community, Fort McMurray is still rebuilding.
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Fort McMurray mayor expects 1,000 homes will be rebuilt by end of year

About 1,000 Fort McMurray homes destroyed by wildfire two years ago will be rebuilt by the end of 2018, the mayor says.

Red Cross still helping people in need 2 years after Fort McMurray wildfire

Two years have passed since the Fort McMurray wildfire and the Red Cross says it’s still on the front lines offering assistance to families who need help.
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'A dirty deed': Fort McMurray Métis demand apology after historic eviction of an Indigenous settlement

Moccasin Flats is the story of how at least 12 Indigenous families were evicted or relocated from a Fort McMurray riverside community in the late 1970s to make way for a city expanding feverishly to accommodate oilsands growth.
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'There was so much discrimination and so much racism'

Moccasin Flats is the unresolved story of how at least 12 Indigenous families were evicted or relocated from a Fort McMurray riverside community to make way for a city expanding feverishly to accommodate oilsands growth. That history still pains Fort McMurray Métis President Gail Gallupe.
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Float plane pilot calls riverside sculpture in downtown Fort McMurray a flight hazard

A pilot is worried an art monument being installed near the Snye River in downtown Fort McMurray will be a hazard for float planes.
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Plane vs public art: Fort McMurray float plane pilot fights for safety

A pilot is worried an art monument being installed near the Snye River in downtown Fort McMurray will be a hazard for float planes. "[Many] aircraft accidents occur at or just after take-off," says Peter Hunt, who operates the Fort McMurray Water Aerodrome.
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Rachel Notley remains confident Kinder Morgan will build pipeline

Premier Rachel Notley says she’s confident a resolution will be found to the political bottlenecks that are delaying construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline while she was in Fort McMurray Friday.
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Bridging Vancouver and Fort McMurray

Matt Hern and Am Johal, authors of Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life
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RCMP officers who worked Fort McMurray wildfire lacked proper safety masks

RCMP officers who risked their lives during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire did not have proper masks to protect them as smoke from forest fires and hundreds of burning buildings choked the city.
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RCMP who risked their lives during the Fort McMurray wildfire didn't have proper protective masks

RCMP officers who risked their lives during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire did not have proper masks to protect them as smoke from forest fires and hundreds of burning buildings choked the city. The RCMP acknowledged the problem in a wildfire review, obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act.

'We want to be owners': Fort McMurray First Nations and Métis unite on pipelines

Chief Allan Adam, a persistent critic of the oilsands and pipelines, says Fort McMurray-area First Nations and Métis communities are looking to partner with companies to build a pipeline.

He has 8 heart conditions. She has a rare cancer. Together they're running the Boston marathon

A Fort McMurray man with eight heart conditions is running in the Boston Marathon. As if that wasn't enough, Blake Crossley is dedicating the run to a three year-old girl with a rare form of lung cancer.

Fort McMurray region's mayor 'disappointed' province won't grant extension for wildfire insurance claims

The provincial government announced Wednesday it will not grant a one-year extension to residents with outstanding insurance claims after the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Creative exodus: Artists, sculptors, theatre staff leave Fort McMurray two years after the wildfire

Almost two years after the Fort McMurray wildfire, artists and performers haven’t recovered and some have packed up and left.
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Fort McMurray residents dubious as Trudeau waves the flag for oilsands, pipelines

While touring one of Fort McMurray's newest oilsands facilities Justin Trudeau defended his government's commitment to Alberta's oil and gas industry while balancing protecting the environment.

Fort McMurray mayor to put pipeline delays on agenda as Trudeau visits Alberta city

When Justin Trudeau arrives in Fort McMurray on Friday morning, he’ll hear from Mayor Don Scott, who says he's "greedy for the future" of the Wood Buffalo region, and will urge the prime minister to do more to get pipelines built.

Fort McMurray family's celebratory dinner was all set. Then the table went missing

Handmade by a cousin with wood from the family's Newfoundland property, the custom-made table got lost in transit in its journey to Alberta

Fort McMurray region's mayor asks insurance companies to extend wildfire claim deadlines

As the deadline to settle Fort McMurray wildfire insurance claims looms, the city’s mayor is appealing to insurance companies to offer a one-year extension.

Mayor challenges study's conclusion oilsands workers will not move to Fort McMurray

Wood Buffalo Mayor Don Scott doesn’t buy a new report’s conclusion that most fly-in/fly-out oilsands workers cannot be enticed to relocate permanently in the Fort McMurray region.

'Absolutely dismal': Northern Alberta Métis community grapples with housing crisis

A northern Alberta Métis community surrounded by multi-million dollar oilsands operations says the community is battling a housing and homelessness crisis.

Alberta First Nation fears for bison herd if mega oilsands mine opens

An Alberta First Nation is worried a proposed oilsands mine will doom the Ronald Lake bison herd.
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Saving one of Alberta's northernmost and oldest churches

It’s tough for her to see the structure lean slowly, Marlene Lepine said, the paintings on the ceiling fade and the wood decor deterioriate.

Condo owners consider bankruptcy as lawsuits plague one of Fort McMurray's largest rebuilds

Residents of a 214-unit townhouse-style condo complex, one of the biggest Fort McMurray wildfire rebuilds, are booking appointments with lawyers or considering foreclosure and bankruptcy.

Fort McMurray First Nation getting in on Canadian cannabis boom

The Fort McMurray #468 First Nation says it will join other Canadian Indigenous communities that will grow and sell legal marijuana.

Alberta First Nation says ATCO needs to pay more for transmission towers on reserve land

Members of a northern Alberta First Nation are accusing ATCO Electric of exploiting their band by not paying a fair price for the transmission towers on the land.

Suncor applies to build new oilsands project near Fort McMurray

Suncor is proposing to build a new oilsands project north of Fort McMurray that could employ as many as 1,000 workers during construction and 288 during operations, according to the company.

Fort McMurray and oilsands could face gravel 'crisis,' trade group says

Fort McMurray is on the verge of a gravel crisis that could affect the pace of the wildfire rebuilds and construction within the oilsands region, according to a group representing producers.

Fire, explosion at downtown Fort McMurray restaurant was arson, RCMP say

A fire that caused an explosion at a burger restaurant in Fort McMurray was deliberately set, RCMP say.

Fort McMurray restaurant that started it all puts a cork in its B.C. wine boycott

Karen Collins, owner of the first business in Alberta to ban B.C. wine, is toasting to victory after B.C. announced it will shelve its restrictions on increased bitumen shipments through the province.

Fort McMurray lawyer urges insurers to extend wildfire claim deadlines

A Fort McMurray lawyer is calling on insurance companies to extend their deadlines to settle wildfire insurance claims.

Fort McMurray unveils first plans for wildfire memorial

Fort McMurray's municipality intends to build a wildfire memorial lookout that will stand like a watchtower in the boreal forest, scanning the distance for the threat of a wildfire.

Family of Fort McMurray pedestrians killed in collision disappointed after criminal charges stayed

Emotions range from puzzlement to disgust for family members of two pedestrians killed in a collision in September in Fort McMurray less than a week after the charges were stayed.
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Indigenous culture in Fort McMurray area on display at Alberta Winter Games

Hazel Deranger came with her sweetgrass and sage ready to offer a fragrant rising prayer for the athletes competing in the 2018 Fort McMurray Alberta Winter Games.
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Culture takes centre stage at the Alberta Winter Games

More than 3,000 athletes, coaches and officials will take part in this year’s games, which showcases the talents of athletes between the ages of 11 and 17. Beyond the podium, the games are showcasing the Fort McMurray’s region’s rich Indigenous heritage through a series of cultural workshops and events. Vinay Shah and Hazel Deranger talk about their performances and workshops.

Hosting Alberta Winter Games a sign Fort McMurray is back, mayor says

Wood Buffalo Mayor Don Scott says hosting the 2018 Alberta Winter Games is a sign that Fort McMurray is back after the 2016 wildfire.
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25 years later, Syncrude's bison herd thriving on reclaimed oilsands lands

Syncrude celebrates 25 years of its bison ranch at its oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray.

Fort McMurray plans to build up flood defences

Fort McMurray is in the early stages of a flood prevention plan that could see much of the town site surrounded by a fortress of flood walls.

Criminal charges stayed after two Fort McMurray pedestrians killed

Charges of dangerous driving causing death have been stayed against a Fort McMurray man arrested at the scene last summer where two pedestrians were run down and killed.
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'I was surprised. I was shocked' Fort McMurray Imam says

Fort McMurray's Islamic community and residents are shocked a sign outside a future mosque was defaced. RCMP in Fort McMurray are investigating after derogatory graffiti was left on a sign outside an Islamic centre that’s still under construction.

Sign outside Fort McMurray Islamic centre defaced

RCMP in Fort McMurray are investigating after derogatory graffiti was left on a sign outside an Islamic centre that’s still under construction.

Fort McMurray presses for more affordable housing for seniors

The glossy photos and a professionally edited video leave little doubt that Fort McMurray will get a new seniors facility for residents who need medical care and assisted living. But advocates say the missing piece remains any plan for affordable housing for seniors who can live independently.

Northern Alberta community receives grant to fight high energy bills, food costs

The Alberta government hopes an energy efficiency grant to Fort Chipewyan will alleviate the high living costs that plague the northern Alberta community.
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Campaign launched to build Fort McMurray developmental disability treatment centre

Fort McMurray families whose loved ones have autism or other developmental disabilities are supporting calls for the construction of a one-stop centre that would offer care.
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Fort McMurray man has goal to create 365 videos about achieving his goals

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Meet a Fort McMurray man whose goal is to make one video about achieving his goals every day for 2018.

Final design for long-promised Fort McMurray seniors facility unveiled

Fort McMurray got it's first peak at the new designs for a long-promised seniors care facility on Friday afternoon.

Fort McMurray restaurant boycotts B.C. wine over pipeline spat

A Fort McMurray Italian restaurant has fired what could be the opening salvo in an Alberta-British Columbia trade war.
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Fort McMurray shows where its heart is with home makeover for family of sick girl

Hundreds of Fort McMurray volunteers, businesses and donors pulled off a surprise home renovation for the family of a girl born with a serious heart condition.
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New labour rules pay people to 'sit on the couch,' says Alberta businessman

An Alberta business man is criticizing the NDP government’s new rules surrounding holiday pay saying new regulations hurt businesses and employees.
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'Let's talk about this... before we do some real damage to people'

Marty Giles, an Alberta business man, has criticized the NDP government’s new laws surrounding holiday pay saying the new regulations hurt not only his business but his employees as well.

Suncor will compensate tradespeople stuck in an oilsands work camp during delay

Suncor has agreed to pay missed wages to contractors after complaints that they were asked to show up for work at a new oilsands mine and then told they won't be fully compensated because of unexpected startup delays.

'Pen pals for life:' Fort McMurray girl's message in a bottle discovered in England

Ten-year-old Jacquie Chmilar said it's hard to grasp the fact that a message in a bottle she tossed into the Atlantic ocean floated all the way from Newfoundland to England.

Fort McMurray ready to welcome nearly 2,000 athletes for Alberta Winter Games

Next month the Fort McMurray region will welcome nearly 2,000 athletes from around the province for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.
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Fort McMurray firefighter battling little-known condition brought on by extreme trauma

The story of how Nathan Koops went from battling The Beast to fighting a medical condition that causes seizures, night terrors and panic attacks.

Truck plunges through river ice in Fort McMurray, prompting police warning

Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a 911 call that a pickup truck had fallen through the ice on the Clearwater River.

Contractor didn't follow its own safety rules in fatal trench accident: Suncor

Events that led to the death of a 30-year-old oilsands worker at a Suncor operation north of Fort McMurray could have been prevented if personnel of the contracted mining company had followed its own safety rules, Suncor says.
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Battling bed bugs in Fort McMurray

Mark speaks to a former refugee from Namibia about how bed bugs inspired him to start his own business in Fort McMurray.

Cockroaches 'running everywhere': How a Fort McMurray pest-control specialist finds joy in his job

Nahason Zauana, Fort McMurray’s newest pest control specialist, stares down cockroach infestations and mattresses alive with bedbugs.

Fort McMurray calls out for more victim services volunteers

Support workers who comfort victims of crime are in short supply in Fort McMurray after the 2016 wildfire.

'Outgoing' father — 1 of 3 people found dead in parked car — died of carbon monoxide poisoning, family says

In the middle of funeral arrangements and errands, Cade Lavallee’s sister told CBC News her 29-year-old brother died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Suncor oilsands plant shuts down after power loss, pond water effluent release

Suncor Energy's base plant outside Fort McMurray has stopped production and has lost power as a cold snap torments the Wood Buffalo region.

Fort McKay First Nation says it's ready to take legal action against oilsands project if approved

The Fort McKay First Nation says it's ready to take legal action against any approval of an oilsands project near the First Nation's ancestral homeland.

Four cases of latent tuberculosis confirmed after exposure at Fort McMurray daycare

Four cases of latent tuberculosis infection have been confirmed in individuals screened for the disease after exposure at a Fort McMurray daycare, Alberta Health Services said Monday.

Fort McMurray mayor 'optimistic' despite calls to scrap $370M power project

Fort McMurray’s political and business leaders are shrugging off plans to squash a $370 million project that would have bolstered the oilsands capital’s industry intensive electrical grid.