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Alberta wildfires: Grande Prairie residents prepare in case they need to flee
dozens of active wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of square kilometres across Alberta.Hot weather in the forecast has prompted some residents of Grande Prairie to prepare to leave as a wildfire burns outside the city.“If a person looks out, the kids and I are playing in the yard here and everything just seems normal, but we are fully aware that there is still a wildfire,” said Brandon Wilson, who lives just two kilometres outside of the area currently under evacuation order.The most up-to-date evacuation information can be found on the Alberta Emergency Alerts website.Wilson said when evacuations first started last week, there were long lines at gas stations in the city.He said he has put together essentials, especially for his kids, in case the family needs to leave the area on short notice.“We have a couple options and if we had to move quickly, we could,” he said, adding his family could stay in a camping trailer if needed.It’s a case of hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, he said.“I think there’s a lot of potential for this fire to get carried away still.”The upcoming hot weather, with highs in the high 20s and low 30s, is expected to fan the flames over the next few days, said Trevor Grant, the fire chief of County of Grande Prairie Fire Services.“There are still lots of smolders and areas that are unseen within the fire perimeter that may rekindle or flare up with the hot, dry conditions that could extend and cause us some more issues.”Grant said he didn’t want to speculate on what could happen over the weekend.“It all depends on what we can accomplish through the next few days and what the weather does,” he said.Bob Marshall, the reeve of the County of Grande Prairie, said the fire has moved
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Canadian military will get new tanks to replace Leopards going to Ukraine: minister
Ukraine, Defence Minister Anita Anand said.Her comment comes on the heels of an announcement Friday that Canada will be sending an additional four Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, bringing the total number of tanks being sent by the government to the embattled country to eight.However, Canada’s contributions to Ukraine’s war effort have come amid concerns about the Canadian Armed Forces’ capacities here at home.“I am always concerned to make sure that the Canadian Armed Forces have what they need to serve and protect this incredible country,” Anand said, speaking to The West Block host Mercedes Stephenson in an interview, aired Sunday.“What that means is we are going to be purchasing additional tanks for the Canadian Armed Forces.” Read more: Canada to send Ukraine 4 more Leopard tanks, lays further Russian sanctions Read next: Part of the Sun breaks free and forms a strange vortex, baffling scientists These tanks, she added, might not be exactly the same as the eight Leopard 2 battle tanks Canada gave to Ukraine.The Canadian military, Anand said, wants to ensure it has “the most innovative and modern solutions.”“So it’s not necessarily the case that the Leopard 2A4 is going to be the replacement vehicle,” she said.“We have to make sure that we are recapitalizing with the most up-to-date technology that is interoperable with our allies, as we have done in the past, as we are doing with the F-35.”As Canada works to rebuild its supplies, Anand said she’s pushing to ensure our “priority placement” in the supply chain while “doing whatever is necessary from a domestic innovation perspective.”“So we’re working very quickly in terms of the Canadian supply chain, in terms of international procurement, as well as