Mike Vickers was at an oilsands site a couple months back when a stranger walked up to him and gave him a hug. Like many Albertans, the man had been out of work for months during the depths of Alberta's economic downturn. The website and Facebook group Vickers created for unemployed oil patch workers helped the man find work. "It was incredible. He said it helped his family get back to work," Vickers said. "It brought tears to my eyes. We kind of just had a moment together I guess."
It's not often you hear northern Alberta and Bollywood mentioned in the same sentence. But Fort McMurray-based filmmaker, Sanjay Patel, has managed to bring the two worlds together. Patel's second film, Union Leader, screens in his hometown of Fort McMurray Sunday afternoon. It already showcased in Edmonton in September. The drama is about a young man who works at a chemical plant in Gujarat, India.
A year and a half after a wildfire devastated several Fort McMurray communities, emergency services said it is taking action to ensure the municipality is better prepared for the next disaster. The recommendations of three investigations into the municipality's handling of the fire are not sitting on a shelf collecting dust, said fire chief Jody Butz. The municipality is committed to implementing all 14 recommendations and has identified 67 action items, he said.
Old growth forests require fire to regenerate to maintain a healthy ecosystem, said author Ed Struzik. But longstanding policies have created a landscape riddled with overgrown forests which are a tinderbox of "kindling" for a potential megafire. #ymm
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".