A year ago today, the Wood Buffalo wild fire swept into Fort McMurray and triggered the largest evacuation in Canadian history.
Nearly 100,000 people were evacuated in just a few short hours from Alberta’s oilsands hub, to oilsands man camps north of the city or to evacuation centers to the south.
About 2400 structures were lost: about 10 per cent of Fort McMurray.
It was a horrific time for a city already struggling in a bad economy.
I’ve been part of a lot of things I am very proud of here at the Rebel. I get to feel like I am making a difference every single day —giving voice to the voiceless, the deplorables and the "sewer rats".
But the thing I’m most proud of is how so many of our friends, allies, viewers and fans rushed to help these Albertans when we put out the call for funds.
Canadians from all across the country stepped up to raise over $160,000 for disaster relief in Fort Mac.
But regular Canadians don't have it out for Alberta. Canadians stepped up when Albertans needed it the most. You made such a huge difference — so much of a difference that Rachel Notley even had to recognize you for all that you had done.
It’s a year later, but I want to thank you again for what you gave for people you’d never know. And you did something special for me.
You reminded me that Canada cares about Alberta.