News Briefs

News Briefs
The Standoff: A wolf puts aside its cravings for a feathered supper after an endangered whooping crane demonstrates its sizeable stature. The pair were spotted on the Salt Plains in Wood Buffalo National Park near Fort Smith on Friday evening.Photo: John Blyth.

Briefs include: stranded traveler near Lutsel K'e rescured by RCMP, Alberta imports 126 Ontario wildland firefighters, and village of Fort Simpson ratifies collective agreement.

Stranded traveler near Lutsel K’e rescued by RCMP

RCMP of the South Slave banded together to conduct a successful search and rescue early last week. Police in Lutsel K’e received a report about a 56 year-old man who had become stranded near Thubun River on May 19, several days after the man first alerted his family via satellite phone of his situation. Lutsel K’e and Fort Resolution RCMP worked to determine the last known whereabouts of the male after his signal disappeared. With the assistance of Great Slave Helicopters, rescue crews reached him in fair condition on May 20.

Alberta imports 126 Ontario wildland firefighters

Tinder-dry conditions have led to a strong, early start to the fire season in Alberta. To fight the blazes, about 1,300 firefighters, 126 from Ontario, have been deployed in the province. Two water tankers from Quebec have also been recruited. With 29 simultaneous wildfires burning as of May 25, the province has imposed a fire ban. Since Apr. 1, Alberta has recorded a total of 629 wildfires, which have burned more than 13,098 hectares of land.

Village of Fort Simpson ratifies collective agreement

The Village of Fort Simpson ratified a new collective agreement with their employees last week. Members of the Union of Northern Workers have established a three-year agreement which provides for a wage increase of 2.25 per cent in each year of the agreement, and a 2.25 per cent increase per year to vacation travel and housing allowances. This replaces the previous agreement, which expired about a year ago. The current agreement will expire Dec. 31, 2016.


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