Family finds community and support at Mount Royal University
Despite knowing there was a wildfire nearby, Sandeep Kondaveeti and his wife were rushed when Fort McMurray officials demanded city residents flee for safety on May 3.
“I could see smoke from our home. When I came out(side) . . . ashes were falling,” Nishu Reddy said. “When I was evacuating, I was told that the fire was 14 kilometres away from our place.”
Reddy, her husband Sandeep Kondaveeti and their son Virat Kondaveeti started a long journey from Fort McMurray on May 3 after the blaze forced a city-wide evacuation. They finally arrived in Calgary, settling into their temporary home May 8 at Mount Royal University (MRU), where they were interviewed May 9, less than a week after fleeing their hometown.
Multiple projects may create jobs, or only be a short-term economic solution
The recently released Capital Plan for Alberta calls for a 15 per cent increase in infrastructure spending by the NDP government, and while some are hopeful this public spending will help turn the current state of the economy around, others see it only as a short-term solution.
The much-anticipated budget, released in mid-April, promised a total of $34 billion to be spent over the course of the next five years on projects involving schools, hospitals and roads via the Alberta Jobs Plan.