Calls grow to shut down Alberta’s oil sands as COVID-19 outbreaks worsen

As Alberta’s COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen, calls are now growing from labour leaders to temporarily shut down operations in the province’s valuable oil sands.

Despite a surge in infections amid 12 sites, the plants are still operational, staff continue to live in close quarters, and workers are still flying in and out from across the country. The biggest outbreak is at Canadian Natural Resource’s Horizon oil sands, which has seen over a thousand COVID-19 cases among workers, as well as two deaths.

Heather Yourex-West looks at how the situation there has grown out of control.

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