Brad Wallace July 15, 2015 Droughts pose a slow but certain threat to Canada Brad Wallace July 15, 2015 Get used to it. I expect that we are going to be feast or famine in the not too distant future. The rest of Canada is feeling the heat, too. Alberta has experienced more than a thousand wildfires since the beginning of 2015, already up from the annual average of 710. Wildfires don’t just drive people from their homes and cause environmental damage. The smoke can have serious health effects.