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Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the “hero” within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
As I watched the fire roll over the hills of Abasand and realized it had jumped the Athabasca River, closing in on our home in Wood Buffalo, a level-headed calmness came over me. I left work and went to our two-story townhouse for what turned out to be the last…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
There are still many questions about the rebuilding process in Fort McMurray, but everyone can agree that it will require collaboration, resilience, determination, and creativity. Given these characteristics it should come as no surprise that Fort McMurray’s vibrant arts community has played an important role in the rebuilding process since…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
The road to recovery wasn’t easy for our team at the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, but we were up for the task and ready to start supporting the community. The battle began a couple weeks after the May 3rd evacuation, as the process to become deemed an essential service and…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
May 3rd started like most other days. Agencies were hard at work in The Redpoll Centre, and United Way staff were scattered about doing a variety of different tasks.  I was out of the office much of that morning, as I had hosted Stephen Bryant from Centre of Hope on…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
When my wife goes away, I sometimes forget to get Junior to bath. Two days later when she returns he will smell of all the bad things that adhere to little boys, and she’ll shake her head. Or she’ll ask me to get four things at the store and I’ll…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Tuesday, May 3rd started out like any other day. A computer glitch on the weekend had erased my YMM article, I was past my deadline, and we were going to print late Wednesday. I decided Monday night that I would lock myself in the house and re-write my article as…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Fort McMurray – My home. Family – My dear ones, my heart, my life. Friends – My comrades, my neighborhood, my confidants, my peeps. Fire – The beast that threatened to take it all away.

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