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‘There’s nothing left:’ The story of one man’s return to Fort McMurray

June 5, 2016 By Lauren Krugel - The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Farid El-Hayouni manages to keep it together until he sees what is left of his son’s bike. Along the drive up Highway 63 into Fort McMurray, he makes a series of matter-of-fact observations about what “the

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Tenor John McDermott, Guitarist Liona Boyd and Rocker Alan Frew to Perform at Benefit Concert #BackFortMac

June 5, 2016 #BackFortMac

TORONTO, ON – Canadian tenor John McDermott, classical guitarist and 5-time Juno Award winner Liona Boyd, and legendary rocker, author, and 5-time Juno Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Alan Frew of Glass Tiger will perform #BackFortMac #TheConcert on June 27 at

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Big cleanup job underway at downtown Fort McMurray brew pub

June 5, 2016 By Lauren Krugel – THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – On May 3, patrons at the Wood Buffalo Brewing Company on downtown Fort McMurray’s main drag had to leave their pints and plates on the table as a massive forest fire breached the city and everyone

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Returning Fort McMurray residents finding smelly refrigerators, dandelion lawns

June 1, 2016 Chris Purdy and Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Residents returning to their homes in Fort McMurray are tackling stinking refrigerators and grass grown tall and infested with dandelions as the fire-scarred city slowly springs back to life. A steady stream of traffic is moving

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Technology Assist

June 1, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Using technology solutions during natural disasters is on the rise. The marked growth – as evidenced by tools both used and available in the devastating wildfires near Fort McMurray – looks poised to continue, with different options, more applications and enhanced information likely becoming a natural part of response. Technology being tablestakes may very well be key for the property and casualty industry to best serve and respond to customers in future.

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Alberta gov’t, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo supporting small- and medium-sized businesses with re-entry to Fort McMurray

May 30, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta, in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), is moving forward on initial steps to support small- and medium-sized businesses in their re-entry with a small business support centre. Government has also confirmed its

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AIR estimates Fort McMurray wildfire insured losses at between $4.4 billion and $9 billion

May 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Industry insured losses from the Fort McMurray wildfire that began May 1 and is still being fought today is estimated at $4.4 billion to $9.0 billion, AIR Worldwide reported late Monday. The catastrophe modelling firm notes the estimate reflects insured

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Work camps north of Fort McMurray evacuated due to growing wildfire

May 16, 2016 By John Cotter and Dean Bennett - The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A precautionary evacuation is clearing out employees at work camps north of Fort McMurray due to the threat of a quickly spreading wildfire. Non-essential personnel are leaving while others are staying to conduct work on the

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Alberta government releases Fort McMurray fire damage surveillance app

May 16, 2016 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has released an app that will give Fort McMurray residents a good look at their properties. A message from Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee warns that viewing the satellite images may be traumatic, and the

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Google offers look at fire damaged Fort McMurray neighbourhoods

May 14, 2016 The Canadian Press

Fort McMurray evacuees eager for a look at how their neighbourhoods fared during a recent forest fire have a new tool – Google. The California-based Internet giant is offering a bird’s-eye view of the city taken from satellite imagery on

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Radiation safety specialists enroute to Fort McMurray as precaution

May 13, 2016 Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is sending specialists to Fort McMurray to help emergency crews check out radiological devices that may have been affected by the wildfire. The equipment – which includes radiography cameras used to

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Big banks shave 2016 growth outlooks for Canada in wake of Alberta wildfire

May 12, 2016 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The effects of the enormous Alberta wildfire on the ever-crucial oil sector have prompted forecasters to trim their 2016 economic growth predictions for the entire country. Experts, including those from several big banks, have shaved their outlooks in