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Fort Mac catastrophic wildfire ‘far-reaching and utterly devastating’

By Christopher Guly      

Rookie Conservative MP David Yurdiga, who represents Fort McMurray, has opened a new riding office in Lac La Biche and is trying to help out, after 88,000 people were evacuated from the city last week.

The wildfire destroyed 2,000 buildings and homes in the city and forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people from Fort McMurray last week. Considered Canada's largest natural disaster, it's estimated the losses are $9-billion. Photograph courtesy of Twitter

Like the thousands of displaced residents in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alta., rookie Conservative MP David Yurdiga, who represents Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, is literally waiting for the smoke to clear before he knows if his constituency office or the homes of three of his riding staffers are left standing after a wildfire destroyed 2,000 buildings and homes in the city and forced the evacuation of 88,000 people last week. Considered Canada’s largest natural disaster, it’s estimated the losses are $9-billion and it could take years to rebuild the city.

‘A real lack of leadership’: critics call for better response from feds as Wet’suwet’en blockades continue

‘Negotiations should take as long as they need to,’ says Ellen Gabriel, a former Mohawk spokesperson during the Oka Crisis.

‘I don’t celebrate Black History Month, I celebrate Black history 12 months of the year’: Sen. Bernard on her fight for equality

News|By David Lochead
After sitting as a Senator for more than three years, Wanda Thomas Bernard says she is more determined than ever to continue fighting for causes like social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Advocate calling for a simplified suicide hotline number gets ally in Sen. Batters

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Silence is never the right response when suicide is the subject,' says Kathleen Finlay. 'It’s too important an issue for our political leaders to stay silent on.'

Collaborate and listen: Bloc Québécois hopes to leverage minority Parliament dynamics to make mark

‘Now that it’s a minority government, they have to listen to everybody,’ says Bloc MP Rhéal Fortin, his party’s justice critic.

Tory leadership candidates champion CANZUK pact, but trade experts question idea’s merit

News|By Neil Moss
Canada already has a free trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand as part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

‘Data, privacy, trade’: ministers tasked with AI file contending with fast, fundamental changes

News|By Mike Lapointe
But public servants say the social impact on workers is not being properly taken into account as the use of artificial intelligence in government advances.

AFN national chief Bellegarde calls on ‘all parties’ to find peaceful resolution to rail blockades

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'Removing the blockades doesn’t mean you surrender anything,' says Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon.

‘No question’ feds have duty to start talks, says AFN’s Bellegarde, after days-long demonstrations in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

News|By Palak Mangat
One Mohawk scholar who experienced the 1990 Oka Crisis firsthand says Ottawa's offer to meet with protesters shows 'they’ve lost control of the situation, to a certain extent.'

Trade Committee Conservatives push for six additional House committees to study new NAFTA implementation bill

News|By Neil Moss
Committees would have to submit amendments for Bill C-4 to the House Committee on International Trade by April 2.
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