5 Things You Need to Know Today: May 6, 2016

Today's Top Stories

 Outreach for Albertans Pours In

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Labatts is among the many companies doing their part to support Albertans during this difficult time. Other companies getting credit for their relief efforts include Airbnb. While Westjet provided free flights to evacuate people from the areas most affected, Air Canada is under fire for jacking prices. Read more here.

 

Putting the Alberta Wildfire into Perspective

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The Alberta wildfire is 85,000 hectares, but just how big is that? Check out these pictures of that amount of land laid over major cities to get a sense of just how big a problem Alberta is dealing with.

 

Prayers for Rain in Alberta

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Rain may be the only thing that can stop the raging wildfire in Alberta. It is not expected for days, and due to the lingering effects of El Nino wildfires could continue to plague Western Canada throughout the summer. Read more here.

 

Emergency Prep Week… The Final Installment

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In the final installment of our Emergency Preparedness Week feature we look at the team of professionals in Barrie and Simcoe County who get the call when disaster strikes and how they make decisions moving forward; also a review of Lockdowns, Hold and Secure and Shelter In Place scenarios.

 

Boaty McBoatface Has A New Name

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Britain has chosen a mane for its new polar research vessel and it is not the internet favourite Boaty McBoatface. It will be called the David Attenborough after the naturalist and broadcaster. He’ll soon turn 90.