I haven’t been up to Fort McMurray since before the Wood Buffalo wildfire swept into town last May. That fire forced the largest evacuation in Canadian history, displacing 100,000 people and resulting in entire neighbourhoods being burned to the ground.
I wanted to see for myself how much has changed in the Mac and how people are moving on with their lives.
My friend and long time oilsands activist Robbie Picard was the perfect person to show me around. Not only does Robbie eat, sleep and breathe Fort Mac, but he was evacuee who lost his home in wildfire. (You might remember that pro-LGBTQ meme he made that drove Greenpeace wild and garnered him international attention.)
Watch my video to see what’s new with Robbie, what the rebuild looks like and how people are coping.
I spent the whole day there with Robbie and I have so much more to show you in the coming days.
It hardly seemed like a town that lost entire neighbourhoods. People in town told me they don't want to be negative. They don't want to talk about politics, or taxes or tariffs. Not yet.
They just want to put their lives back together as quickly as they can.