May 04, 2016

Special Edition -- The Fort Mac Fires: Evacuees tell their stories PLUS Ezra, Sheila, Lorne Gunter & more

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A devastating fire, 80,000 people evacuated, thousands of homes and buildings destroyed.

On a special edition of "Beyond the News," Brian Lilley brings you the latest political reaction to the fires plus brings you the stories of those evacuated, stories of journalists on the scene and the fundraising push to help those in need.

Interviews with Ezra Levant, Sheila Gunn Reid, MP Chris Warkentin, Lorne Gunter, CTV's Bill Fortier, evacuees Glen Stromquist and Odette Legault -- plus Brian Jones, an all around good Samaritan.

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commented 2016-05-05 12:15:55 -0400
commented 2016-05-05 11:42:22 -0400
Judging by the fact that the wildfire’s force was apparent on Sunday, yet, there was no action down to create a fire break, there can be no doubt that, for Notley, this fire and the destruction of Ft. McMurray and the partial shutdown of the plants is good news. I have no doubt that this fire began as sabotage arson.
commented 2016-05-05 11:38:56 -0400
Elizabeth May has already stepped and laid the blame on the Oilsands.

Of course, it was on the CBC website, which they were very careful to not allow comments regarding May’s remarks.

commented 2016-05-05 11:29:23 -0400
Keep you eyes open and your cameras ready Rebel nation – there have been rumors of degenerate anti-oilsands zombies cheering this disaster – if you witness this, get it on video and make it viral on the net.
commented 2016-05-05 11:04:27 -0400
If there is any questions to ask about this disaster, you have to ask the current crimmanlly stupid government in Edmonton why they would slash the fire control program budget during one of the driest winters on record.
commented 2016-05-05 10:05:49 -0400
No where on the planet is there a higher concentration of heavy construction equipment than at Ft Mac. And we all wonder why the hell nothing was done to create an effective fire break while there was still time? Perhaps because there was a whole whopping 12 cats working the fire.

here is where they are bragging about it… I’ve seen my local municipality send out almost as much iron for a small brush fire. This ridiculous idea of having large standing timber right to edges of development needs to end, good God didn’t anyone learn anything when they messed around with ineffective means and then lost Slave Lake?
commented 2016-05-05 09:44:12 -0400
Plus the RCMP is super pissed they didn’t have enough time to break into homes and check for guns again……………

On a serious note—Premier Rachel Notley slashed the wildfire budget? There HAS to be repercussions from this decision on the part of her government. Criminal charges, something!!!!
commented 2016-05-05 03:56:12 -0400
Brian, I’m sure you would agree that there needs to be a criminal investigation and a public inquiry into the origin of the Fort McMurray fire and the lack of fire preparedness in Alberta for such an event, especially after the devastating fire that Slave Lake suffered not long ago. This is simply not acceptable.