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How much free beer Labatt retirees can lug home each year depends on where they live. Current employees  get a free case every other week and bonus cases at Christmas. Photograph:  Keith Beaty/Toronto Star via Getty Images

For decades, a job at Labatt, one of Canada’s two major breweries, came with an unusual perk: free beer for life. But now, the company’s retirees have(...)

With a total area of almost 10 million sq km (Ireland by comparison is just 84,431sq km), Canada is the second-largest country in the world – yes, (...)

Catherine Dolan and Colin Ginty met while travelling  around Australia. Photograph: Brian Farrell Photography

Catherine Dolan and Colin Ginty Catherine Dolan, from Boyle, Co Roscommon, met IT consultant Colin, from Sligo, through friends at a New Year’s Eve(...)

Meat Loaf has been hospitalised after collapsing at a concert in Edmonton, Alberta. Photograph:  Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Rock star Meat Loaf is in hospital in Canada after collapsing on stage during a concert. The 68-year-old’s condition after the incident in Edmonton, (...)

More than 1 million barrels a day of Canadian output was taken off line by a wildfires that ravaged the region. Photograph: PA

Oil dropped for a fourth day as producers in Canada started the process of resuming operations after wildfires crimped output and as Iran continued to(...)

 A handout picture made available by the Government of Alberta on 16th May, 2016 shows a general view of damage caused by a wildfire that swept through several neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray on 14th May, 2016. Alberta Health Services has issued an air-quality advisory for the Fort McMurray area. Photograph: Alberta government/EPA

Some 8,000 workers at oil sands camps north of the fire-ravaged Canadian city of Fort McMurray were ordered to evacuate as authorities continued the (...)

Burned cars next to homes that were spared the wildfire in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood of Fort McMurray, in northern Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Fort McMurray, or Fort Make Money as some Canadians nicknamed it during its recent boom years, was the kind of place where second chances and fat payc(...)

Orla Healy, from Newbridge, Co Kildare, had to leave her home in Fort McMurray on Tuesday along with the city’s 88,000 inhabitants.

An Irish woman living in Canada has described being forced to evacuate her home due to a wildfire as the “scariest experience” of her life. Orla Heal(...)

Heat waves are seen as cars and trucks try and get past a wild fire 16km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, on highway 63, on Friday. Chad Morrison, Alberta’s manager of wildfire prevention, said the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but that it started in a remote forested area and could have been ignited by lightning. Photograph: PA

A raging Canadian wildfire grew explosively on Saturday as hot, dry winds pushed the blaze across the energy heartland of Alberta and smoke forced the(...)

A massive wildfire rages near Anzac, a hamlet 48 km southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Chris Schwarz/EPA

A catastrophic wildfire that has forced all 88,000 residents to flee Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada exploded tenfold in size on Thursday, cutting of(...)

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