As the flames streaked down the cement highway median, Rebecca Pallister knew she was in real trouble. Could cement actually burn? In her rear view mirror the forests surrounding Fort McMurray were falling like blackened matchsticks as she gripped her steering wheel more tightly.
It was the spring of 2016 and Canada’s oil capital was on fire.
Today, her escape from the northern Alberta town, known colloquially as ‘Fort Mac,’ is just a vivid memory. For many people who work in the oil sands industry, their roots are often from elsewhere in Canada, having been lured to the prairie province when crude prices soared.Read more