FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Cooler temperatures and light rain have officials optimistic they’ve reached a turning point on getting a handle on a massive wildfire that has devastated parts of Canada’s oil sands town of Fort McMurray.
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INGOLF, Ont.—A small wildfire is burning in a forest near the boundary between Ontario and Manitoba.
The OPP said around 100 people are being evacuated from the community of Ingolf because of the fire.
The evacuation is voluntary, and residents in the Florence and Marion Lakes areas also are being asked to consider leaving the area until the threat has passed.
OTTAWA—Amid political pressure, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sent a letter to the chief of Attawapiskat First Nation—the beleaguered Ontario community that has made headlines around the globe due to its suicide crisis—to offer a meeting in Ottawa.
FORT McMURRAY, Alta.—RCMP in Alberta have brought in special tactical teams to root out people who refuse to leave fire-ravaged Fort McMurray.
“We still have some people hanging around and we are trying to ensure everyone’s safety,” Sgt. Jack Poitras said yesterday.
HARTLAND, Mich.—A mother duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school’s courtyard.
She returns each year to lay her eggs and then walks the hallways with her ducklings, with the help of students and staff, to safely get to a nearby pond.
The duck named “Vanessa” has appeared at Village Elementary School in Hartland for the past 13 years.
OTTAWA—People with serious criminal records and others using potentially phoney addresses are among those who managed to secure Canadian citizenship, thanks to a system that doesn’t do enough to root out fraud, the auditor general has found.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus yesterday as the show closes its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights’ activists.
TORONTO—George John Dryden, who spent years of his life trying to prove conclusively he was the love child of former Canadian prime minister John George Diefenbaker, died yesterday, a longtime friend said.
Dryden, 47, who had terminal pancreatic disease, suffered fatal injuries in a suicide attempt, Merry-Ellen Unan said.
He blamed decades of alcohol abuse for the illness.
MAYERTHORPE, Alta.—A firefighter who battled the flames that destroyed a railway trestle bridge northwest of Edmonton last week now has been charged with setting the fire, as well as others in and around his community.
OTTAWA—Call it the start of the government’s biggest big data push.
Today marks the start of mailings from Statistics Canada of census surveys, including the return of the mandatory, long-form questionnaire that was replaced with a voluntary survey five years ago.