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Rebuilding Slave Lake

Last night on The National, our Ian Hanomansing discussed the challenges of rebuilding the fire-devastated town of Slave Lake, Alberta with Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee.  The community is still under fire suppression, and critical services need to be put back in place, including water, electricity and telecommunications.  It may be two weeks before residents are allowed to return.

As Ian said, "(t)here is no guidebook...that gives all the answers on what to do" in this situation.  And while Pillay-Kinnee says they are trying their best, relying heavily on resources sent from the province, and working together to figure it out as they go, she also suggested that if there's a community out there that can assist in the recovery, she'd be happy to hear from them.

If you have any suggestions for Karina Pillay-Kinnee and the residents of Slave Lake, please post them here.  We'll be sure to pass them on to the Mayor, and may even air some of your contributions on The National.

Thanks for your help.

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations for victims of the Alberta fires.  Find out more here.

Watch Ian Hanomansing's interview on The National with Slave Lake Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at

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