Fort McMurray: From oil town to hometown

Weeks after the massive wildfire known as “The Beast” forced more than 85,000 residents from their homes, a majority of Fort McMurray neighbourhoods have been cleared for re-entry. Thousands of evacuees have returned to retrieve undamaged items and come in to terms with their loss. But many have chosen not to return yet since roughly

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Time is ticking on getting a new Softwood Lumber Agreement

President Obama’s address to the House of Commons on Thursday touted the benefits of free trade and the co-operative relationship between the U.S. and Canada. While many of his remarks received thunderous applause, his silence on a major trade dispute that has been flaring up between the two neighbours for centuries was just as deafening. It was

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Governments slow to act on Vancouver’s housing bubble

In the past six years, the value of single-family homes in Vancouver has risen 75 per cent—to an average of $1.9 million. The housing price has jumped 37 per cent since May 2015, alone. Yet, the median household income during that period has hardly changed. Meanwhile, the personal debt level of Canadians is at record

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Being on the ground helps us see Kitimat through new eyes

Sitting at the head of the Douglas Channel near the north coast of B.C., Kitimat is a community with gorgeous views, plenty of wildlife and many stories to tell about its industrial roots. Policy analyst Shafak Sajid and communications manager Jamie Gradon recently spent several days in the area doing fieldwork for an upcoming research

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Up-close inspection reveals dome’s restoration story

Where, you might ask, has all that copper that we used to make pennies out of gone to? In turns out that a lot of it is in Regina, on top of the newly renovated dome of the legislative building. In fact, approximately 13,000 kilograms of new copper was used to reclad the roof of

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Standing with Fort McMurray amid wildfire devastation

A helicopter carries fire retardant to a wildfire burning in a Fort McMurray neighbourhood on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (photograph by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta) As the Fort McMurray wildfire rages and fire risk remains high to extreme across much of the West, the many stories of people stepping up to help the evacuees are

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