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Fort McMurray wildfire cost pegged at $9.5 billion

A study says the total costs of the Fort McMurray fire is $9.5 billion. MacEwan University economics professor Rafat Alam says the total could increase when costs such as mental and physical health costs are considered. The figure combines the cost of destroyed buildings and infrastructure with lost income and profits.

Mississauga two-hatters on trial by union

Four firefighters were put on trial before their union peers this week, charged with misconduct for also joining volunteer fire departments in the small communities in which they live, as the struggle over two-hatting spreads through Ontario. The four could be expelled from the union, which could lead to them losing their jobs.
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Laura King

Editor’s blog

It’s complicated, this two-hatter issue. But the gist of it is this: an American-based trade union is denying its members the freedom that other Canadians have to work and do what they want in their spare time. » Read more...
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Paul Combs’ newest book, Drawing Lines: The ART of Making a Difference, is now in stock – a collection of Combs’ editorial cartoons that will entertain, make you laugh, and cause you to reflect on the issues and subjects that are represented. These drawings are timeless – a beautiful collection of art that sends very important messages or questions to the fire-service masses.

Malahat chief remembered as mentor, advocate

Hundreds of chief fire officers, firefighters, friends and family members gathered in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island Saturday to honour Malahat Fire Chief Rob Patterson at a celebration of his life. Patterson was respected and well regarded; he died suddenly while helping friends. » Read more...

Suspect arrested in string of fires

One person was taken into custody in connection with fires at several buildings in Milltown and Bay d'Espoir on Newfoundland's south coast Tuesday morning. » Read more...

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