Fort Mcmurray

Is Canada Really Tarring Itself?

Tim Moen | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Alberta
Tim Moen

In case you missed it the New York Times recently ran an op-ed by Jacques Leslie entitled "Is Canada Tarring Itself?" As a "tar sands" (I grew up usin...

I'm Only 12, But I'm Helping Make Clean Water A Reality In Africa

Nathaniel Crossley | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Alberta
Nathaniel Crossley

In 2012, I started a project to build wells in Africa and my original goal was to raise $2,000 to build one well. I reached my goal, I decided to raise another $2,000 - and I kept fundraising until I raised over $9000 for clean water projects in Tanzania.

2 Dead After Highway 63 Crash

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - Two people have been killed in a crash involving a car and an earth mover on Highway 63 in northern Alberta.RCMP say the collis...

Fort McMurray Is Safer Than You Think

Neil Boyd | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Alberta
Neil Boyd

The truth is that the crime rate in Wood Buffalo, for almost all kinds of crime, is below Alberta averages, and often below Canadian norms as well. The rate of all forms of property crime is below national and provincial averages, and the rate of all forms of violent crime is below Alberta averages.

Crime Down, Cocaine Up In 'Fort McMoney'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A study is suggesting that Alberta's oilsands capital is not the wild and woolly, crime-ridden boomtown it's sometimes painted ...

Oilsands Tycoon By Day, Drag Queen Karaoke Star By Night

CBC | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Alberta

ICEIS Rain is quite the belle of the ball. She is a fun-loving, empowered woman who likes to dress up, perform, sing, and be the center of attention....

Fatal Helicopter Crash Cause Determined

CP | Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Transportation Safety Board has determined there was nothing mechanically wrong with a helicopter that crashed in northern Alberta last...

Fort McMurray Gets Room To Grow

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The Alberta government and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in northeastern Alberta have signed off on a land swap.Und...

LOOK: The Oilsands In Winter Are Other-Worldly

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

Everyday life in the oilsands has a surreal tone most of the time. But when it's gripped by a polar vortex, it's simply other-worldly. Neil Youn...

Controversial Move By Canada Post, Withdrawn Within Hours

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

Mere hours after it was introduced, Canada Post has withdrawn a surcharge it applied to parcels being shipped to Fort McMurray. The surcharge, whic...

Return to Sender, Postage Guaranteed: Canada Post Imposes Surcharge on Fort McMurray

Theresa Wells | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

I suspect they hoped it would never be noticed until someone sent a parcel into Fort McMurray and got dinged an extra $5. The fact that it was never publicly communicated makes me suspicious of this, and it seems an underhanded attempt to increase costs without ever telling the public they serve that the cost was going up.

Pizza So Good Customers Ordering It From Across The Country

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

This certainly isn't your average pizza delivery. A pizzeria in Pictou County, N.S. has been shipping its pizzas to homesick Nova Scotians working ...

Fort McMoney: A Documentary Game That's Quickly Becoming a Reality

David Dufresne | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
David Dufresne

This week, the third episode of our documentary game came to life and exceeded all our expectations. And this week, tens of thousands of players the w...

The Many Global Citizens Living in Fort McMoney

Dominique Willieme | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dominique Willieme

For about two weeks now, everyone who stops by our office has been wondering the same thing: Why do we keep glancing obsessively at a second screen, over there on the side of the room to the left? That second screen shows a small map of the world, scrolling bars and a number that changes constantly: the number of people playing Fort McMoney at this very moment.

Fort McMurray's Surprising Side

Edmonton Journal | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY -- Here, strollers rule the fitness centre. The Welcome Wagon is for women, only women. The relatively new magazine McMurray Girl? So...

WATCH: The Oilsands Are Now, Literally, A Game

The Huffignton Post Alberta | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Alberta

The fate of the Alberta oilsands is now in the hands of the people. An interactive web documentary-game, titled "Fort McMoney," launched Monday, in...

Fort McMoney: Make Your Worldview Triumph!

David Dufresne | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
David Dufresne

In a few days, Fort McMoney will finally emerge after more than two years of gestation. The experience is going to plunge you into the heart of the black gold rush and let you explore the city, interact with its residents, and address questions to oil industry bosses and environmental activists. The Fort McMoney experience will be a kind of web-era platform for direct democracy. The winner, if there is one, will be the battle of ideas.

MLA In Prostitution Scandal Gets Support From Sex Workers

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada Alberta

Support from sex workers may not be the political backing Fort McMurray MLA Mike Allen is looking for right now. Allen, who was arrested in St. Pa...

Hundreds Replaced By Temporary Foreign Workers

Fort McMurray Today | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Alberta

It was unlike any Labour Day Ryan Louis had experienced. As hundreds of pipefitters and welders arrived at Husky Energy’s Sunrise project for the...

Resource Jobs Draw Workers But Can't Make Them Stay

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The need for better housing and to retain trained workers were just two of the problems northern development ministers grappled...

An Open Letter to Neil Young on Oilsands, Fort McMurray, and Home

Theresa Wells | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

Welcome to Fort McMurray, Neil. This is not the place you think it is. Oh, sure, it is the home of the oil sands, and that is our major industry - but it is, as the ads say, so much more than oil. This community is home to thousands of people who live, work, and play here. And some of them, like me, love it. In fact some of us love it so much it feels more like home than anywhere else we have ever lived, and we work every single day to try to make it a better place - and that includes the industry.

Neil Young: 'Fort McMurray Looks Like Hiroshima'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada Music

His guitarist in Crazy Horse might be dealing with a fractured hand, but Neil Young threw some verbal punches this week when he compared the oilsands ...

What Would Make Fort McMurray Better

Fort McMurray Today | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Alberta

When I first arrived here many years ago, the oil company that hired me put me through a three-day orientation program. About the only thing that I...

Paraglider Crashes, Pilot Disappears

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Alberta

He walked away from a paragliding crash, but now he's nowhere to be found. Wood Buffalo RCMP are looking for a man after his paraglider crashed in ...

Gay Pride Flags Burned In Fort McMurray

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Alberta

RCMP are investigating after two gay pride flags were burned in a parking lot during Fort McMurray's first gay pride event. Approximately 100 peop...