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Some recovery expected for Fort McMurray housing prices, but no spike

Housing prices in Fort McMurray aren’t likely to spike significantly as a result of the wildfires, a Queen’s University real estate expert said Sunday.

But the city should see some recovery from the drop in housing values seen after the oil price crash, said John Andrew, the chair of the university’s Real Estate Roundtable. 633 more words

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Hungry bears a problem in Fort McMurray: 'They're not eating people, they're after the rotten pizza in your freezer'

As if the charred remains of houses weren’t enough to give returning Fort McMurray residents the feel of a dystopian movie, add black bears into the mix. 576 more words

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David Staples: As Fort McMurray discovered, you can be FireSmart — or too late smart

A few years ago Allan Vinni took the advice of a local fire prevention officer and cut down 30 coniferous trees on his acreage, the kind that might burn readily in a wildfire. 1,302 more words

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Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees phoned for massive town halls

EDMONTON – At 7 p.m. on Monday night, thousands of Fort McMurray evacuees will receive a phone call.

The voice they’ll hear will invite them to participate in a massive telephone town hall, where for an hour-and-a-half they’ll get to hear the latest information and ask questions about the wildfire that forced them from their homes, as well as the condition of their neighbourhoods, financial assistance and predictions for when they’ll be allowed to return to their city. 534 more words

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'The Postmen' delivering aid to stranded evacuees in the Fort McMurray fire zone

A mysterious group of Good Samaritans cruising the highways of northern Alberta is trying to ensure no Fort McMurray evacuee is left without necessities.

Just hours after a wildfire jumped the Athabasca River into Fort McMurray on May 3, reports began to emerge of people with jerrycans topping up gas tanks for evacuees stranded on Highway 63. 717 more words

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Province zeroes in on mental health impacts of wildfires

The province is stepping up to reduce the mental trauma of those who’ve fled Fort McMurray’s wildfires and others who fought them, Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said Friday. 561 more words

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What to expect when you're rebuilding: Slave Lake wrote the book on coming back from a wildfire

Rebuilding Fort McMurray will take years of effort, billions of dollars, governmental leadership, patience, persistence and help from all over.

Sadly — and fortunately — there is a guidebook. 1,633 more words

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