Many Fort McMurray firefighters, unable to wear their usual air masks while battling a giant wildfire that attacked the northern Alberta city, are being screened for health problems because they spent several days breathing in hazardous smoke.
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BURNABY, B.C.—Police in Burnaby, B.C. are searching for a dog-napper after a toy poodle was taken from a parking lot.
RCMP said they were called to Lougheed Mall on Saturday evening for a report of a stolen dog.
The Mounties noted four-year-old “Coco” was snatched from a shopping cart while the dog’s owner was putting groceries in her vehicle.
OTTAWA—There were signs of progress yesterday in a contract dispute between Canada Post and the union representing 50,000 of its workers as talks resumed and the post office withdrew a threat to lock out its workers.
Canada Post issued a brief statement that said it had withdrawn its lockout notice “which will allow both parties to focus their efforts on serious negotiations.”
VERNON, B.C.—A bald eagle is recovering in B.C.’s North Okanagan region after four firefighters stepped up to save it.
The bird was spotted in distress earlier this week around Killiney Beach, on the west side of Okanagan Lake, south of Vernon.
DALLAS—Dallas was in shock and beset by uncertainty early today after gunmen shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven during a peaceful protest over fatal police shootings of black men in other states, police said, in bloodshed evoking the trauma of the nation’s tumultuous civil rights era.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—RCMP in northwestern Alberta are praising two young kids for doing the right thing when they found a loaded handgun ditched by a shooting suspect.
“The children were astute enough to not touch the weapon and immediately notified a parent,” Grande Prairie RCMP said in a release.
SAANICH, B.C.—The Douglas fir Andy MacKinnon leans against is 40 metres tall.
It’s likely more than 500 years old and its fire-scarred trunk is almost two metres in diameter.
In most other countries, the tree would be the largest in the land, noted MacKinnon, a forest ecologist who spent three decades with British Columbia’s government researching old-growth forests.
REGINA—A report says giving two homeless men in Saskatchewan one-way bus tickets to British Columbia was within Social Services policy but the situation could have been better handled.
The two men went together to an income assistance service centre in North Battleford in March to request the tickets.
MOSS POINT, Miss.—A mayor in a Mississippi city has decided not to banish a pet pig while its owner is on military duty in Iraq.
The Sun Herald reported that Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield has saved the bacon, so to speak, of Patrick the pig.
Patrick’s owner, Otis Lundy, will be deployed with the Air Force until this fall, and a friend is taking care of his pets.
TORONTO—Ontarians won’t know what caused a critical bridge in northern Ontario to fail until the fall.
The steel decking on the newly constructed Nipigon River Bridge lifted about 60 centimetres on Jan. 10, forcing a 24-hour closure that severed the Trans-Canada Highway link between the east and west.