‘You feel very small’: Local wildfire fighter recounts his days in Fort McMurray

FERGUS - Chase Kowalchuk is a crew boss on an initial attack fire ranger crew with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). He recently returned to Fort Frances, Ontario after two weeks in Alberta fighting the over 500,000-hectare wildfire around Fort McMurray.
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Laurier alumna brings documentary about grandmother and Malaysian batik sarongs to Brantford campus

BRANTFORD – Wilfrid Laurier University alumna Shazlin Rahman (BA ’11) is returning to Laurier’s Brantford campus Oct. 16 to host a screening of the documentary, Her Sarong. Co-created with filmmaker Asad Chishti, the film follows Rahman’s journey to Malaysia to retrace her late grandmother’s roots and explore the art of making batik sarongs in Malaysia.

Former Arthur resident thankful for hometown donations to help Fort McMurray

ARTHUR - Crystal Conway (nee Bartholomew) has lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta since 2008, but before that she called the Arthur area home. She went to school in Arthur and her family still lives in the area. Crystal, along with her husband Nick and their two children, Maddison, 4, and Maxim, 2, have been displaced due to the 200,000-plus hectare wildfire that has been burning in the Fort McMurray area since May 1.

Winter tragedy leaves horse owners heartbroken

photo by Olivia Rutt MOUNT FOREST - “Attention Mount Forest firefighters, attention Arthur firefighters, please respond for a fully-involved barn fire,” called a dispatcher on the night of Jan. 14. As Wellington North firefighters, along with three other fire stations, were being called to Woolhaven Arabians just west of Mount Forest, Doris and Rob Woolner were desperately trying to save 13 horses from their barn.