May 14, 2016

Don’t call it a “miracle”: In Fort McMurray, “we have an unwritten code that we stick together”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I like to call oil sands advocate Robbie Picard, "the unofficial mayor of Fort McMurray." Sadly, as I told you last week, Picard's home was one of many that was destroyed in the fires that devastated that community. 

He joins me again for an update on the situation.

Seeing the photograph showing all that's left of Robbie's house is heartbreaking.

However, he also praises the firefighters who managed to save so much of the community's infrastructure, and details the generosity of the local oil companies, who provided residents with fuel, water and even organized an "air lift" for pets.

Robbie explains why he thinks the evacuation was so orderly, and why so many residents are eager to rebuild Fort McMurray. It's pretty inspirational.

PS: We're still gratefully accepting donations and volunteers to help rebuild Fort Mac. CLICK HERE to give!


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commented 2016-05-15 21:35:56 -0400
Striking to me is the action, repeated several times in Fort McMurray, of a firefighter or other emergency worker continuing grueling hours on the job, aware that his own house is probably burning.

Rather than selfishly being focused only on their own houses and goods, these workers served the public good, doing the job they were assigned and doing it with courage and endurance.
commented 2016-05-15 15:39:37 -0400
How many days was it before the great pretender JT visited the disaster area?

Even Sky News and the BBC commented on his long absence.
commented 2016-05-15 11:06:48 -0400
Rachel Notley didn’t lift a finger to help, instead she arrogantly turned away those who offered it. Why would anyone make a call like that, especially someone that is being paid very well for her civic duties? Her inaction, was criminal in nature, and shows the depth of her insidious hatred for us peons.
commented 2016-05-15 11:00:29 -0400
Jay Kelly, for once I almost agreed with you, then you made the absurd comment about Notley. The ONLY cuts she made were to fire fighting, even though her own government previously stated ElNino was going to produce a dry season, she cancelled water bomber contracts, she declined C130 water bomber offer early in the fire, she told Brian Jean in the legislature to stop fear mongering as the fire hit town, just three hours before his home burned to the ground, she didn’t ask the Feds for help for days, and the list goes on. She was pathetic. Then to top it all off, she didn’t postpone the NDP one year anniversary celebration at the Red Star while Fort Mac burned.
commented 2016-05-15 09:47:15 -0400
Well said Drew.
When we experienced the ice storm of ‘98, neighbours helped neighbours. When the troops were providing assistance to the citizens, the few citizens who had the means to make coffee, hot chocolate and meals provided these to the troops who worked out in the cold.
Sadly, I don’t recall any actions that the police were involved with be it at the provincial or municipal levels.
Down to earth Canucks will always help the less fortunate.
In fact, yesterday I was at a cash in a local grocery store. There were two people ahead of me. The first person was obviously on hard times. He bought only two items and when it came time to pay, he did so in coins – small change. He did not have enough to cover all the cost of his purchases so he said he would only take one.
The next person in line quietly told the cashier to give the person who did not have enough money the second item and that he would pay for it.
It wasn’t much and definitely not expensive but it shows what Canucks are like.
I doubt if you will see this type of act from any one wearing Muslim rags.
When I see the walking black garbage bags in public, I make believe they don’t exist as they do not even deserve to be acknowledged.

commented 2016-05-15 02:16:28 -0400
Decent people stick together and help others, scum on the left help themselves and stick it to others.
commented 2016-05-14 23:00:10 -0400
The firefighters from Wood Buffalo and Fort MacMurray held nothing back. With the help of a dozen nearby forces they held the fire at bay and did their job well.

Premier Rachel Notely also did well by visiting the community day by day. The Prime Minister also came to visit within a few days, but not in a way that disrupt the fire-service.

In this case it is the Red Cross that has done well and thorough whom the bulk of donations will be given

All around, a good rescue effort. Canadians should be proud.
commented 2016-05-14 21:42:50 -0400
Everyone has been grilled on safety for years, even the admin staff. It does become second nature, and the more people who are trained in safety, the better outcome for all. It truly is a miracle that nobody died, but this proves that they all knew what to do, and they did it. They prepare for emergencies all the time. And if wasn’t for the generosity of the oil companies, things would not have gone quite so smoothly. They cared more for the people, than our own government. I’ve worked in the industry for years, and contrary to what all the haters says, they treat their employees very well, and many profit share with their employees. I’d rather work in this industry, anyday, than work for the government, on any level. It makes me proud of their efforts, and it makes our government look totally incompetent, and their lack of action, criminal. But more importantly it proves that our government is hostile to the citizens, and we, the people, need to stick together to survive them.
commented 2016-05-14 21:36:33 -0400
Too much money going to Red Cross, the Salvation Army are also the charity that needs desperate money since the Salvation Army were providing meals to first responders in Fort McMurray.
commented 2016-05-14 21:36:31 -0400
Too much money going to Red Cross, the Salvation Army are also the charity that needs desperate money since the Salvation Army were providing meals to first responders in Fort McMurray.
commented 2016-05-14 18:41:18 -0400
you are absolutely right about training and i cant emphasize that enough. there are many kinds of extremely important kinds of training that should be mandatory throughout school as well as everywhere else. as a prepper this is how i and many others think all the time. to most people being a prepper is too tinfoil hat like until a disaster strikes. anything can happen at any time folks so start putting together your bug out gear, get trained and have a realistic escape plan handy at all times. you cant always depend on hand outs from government, emergency services, good Samaritans or even your own family in many cases. it is time for all these stupid trendies that take everything for granted to wake the fuck up. don’t say i didn’t warn you.
commented 2016-05-14 16:12:59 -0400
Of course people In Alberta and places like Ft Mac stick together.

They know the politicians hate them.

They know the police hate them.

They know they have to stick together to survive because today there is not even a justice system – it is a legal system – a big difference.

They also know that you cannot trust the police or the politicians – but you can usually trust the guy who works hard enough to get sweat on his brow and blisters on his hands.

And that is what counts.