Independent topical source of current affairs, opinion and issues, featuring stories making news in Canada from immigrants, newcomers, minorities & ethnic communities' point of view and interests.

Remission Order: Crisis Situations and Alberta City

remission order: The May 2016 disaster displaced more than 80,000 people in the northern Alberta city for at least a month as flames consumed one-tenth of its buildings, according to The Chronicle Herald. At that time, it was deemed in the public interest to assist in providing a quick return to normalcy for individuals whose lives were affected, many of whom were in crisis situations for long periods of time, says a note accompanying a remission order posted on the federal government's website this week. Waiving fees to replace passports and other documents lost in last year's Fort McMurray wildfire cost Ottawa almost 130,000 in forgone revenue. They experienced loss of income, employment, unanticipated out-of-pocket expenses and interim costs pending insurance and provincial assistance. The note says 626 passports, 48 permanent resident cards and 32 citizenship certificates were replaced free of charge because they were lost, damaged or destroyed. Replacement costs for the documents would have imposed an additional burden. ( As reported in the news.