Special Editions

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.
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Nargis Sameer is a fighter. She arrived in Fort McMurray in 2009 on a one-way ticket with only $250 and dreams of being a successful hair dresser. She attained the latter with her hard work, and then lost it all when “The Beast” engulfed Stoney Creek, devouring her house. “I…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Fire damages. Fire destroys. Fire devastates. As the wildfire that ravaged Fort McMurray has moved away from our communities, it continues to consume the Boreal forest. The size is staggering, at over 500,000 hectares, a month later it has not been extinguished.
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
What are you passionate about? Have you asked yourself lately? For a lucky few, they’ve found their passion and if they’re even luckier, they’re able to pursue that passion every day of their life. For Randy and Carol MacKenzie, their passion is animals and that passion has manifested into a…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
There is a scene in the 1956 Hollywood blockbuster “The Ten Commandments” that is virtually unforgettable. As the Israelites flee the tyranny of the Egyptians, they take with them not only their children and possessions, but a variety of animals of every species. With goats and oxen and sheep, they…

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