Kirkland sends support to Fort McMurray in their time of need


by Rhonda Massad

Public safety remains the key priority as the wildfire in Fort McMurray continues to burn. Provincial fire crews continue their efforts to reduce the threat to property and infrastructure. The Town of Kirkland’s City Council has stepped up toKirkland offers an amount of $21,270 to help the victims and support their fellow municipality in their time of need.

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The Kirkland Town Council approved financial assistance in the amount of $21,270, a sum equal to $1 for every Kirkland resident.

“This horrible tragedy leaves no one indifferent”, said Mayor Michel Gibson. “Which is why, on behalf of the Kirkland Town Council, I am calling upon all Montreal West Island municipalities and all across Canada, to donate to the Red Cross, $1 for every citizen domiciled on their own territory”.

He added that “Municipalities must stand together and show solidarity in helping one of theirs in times of need.”

According to the Government of Alberta’s latest update as of 7 p.m. on May 6,  fire conditions remain extreme, with 12 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 40 wildfires are burning, with five out of control, eight being held, 21 under control and six turned over to the responsible parties.

More than 1,200 firefighters, approximately 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.

Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order.