Fort McMurray is often thought of as “the armpit of Alberta” – complete with vast scarred land, ugly toxic ponds and a monster drug problem. The residents of this frontier city have another perspective, and see the situation quite differently. They would more likely say that theirs is a healthy community, and that the oil sands are a gift.

Terry Shillington will help us take a second look at what are the real problems and who are the bigger villains for Fort McMurray, based on his direct experiences there. While there ARE villains in this story, it may not be the huge oil corporations, as many would suggest. We need to take a closer look at the care of Alberta’s environment more generally.

Speaker: Terry Shillington

Terry Shillington is a semi-retired United Church minister who served the United Church in Fort McMurray from September 2008 to June 2009, after having served in Lethbridge for many years. He has returned to his long time home in Southern Alberta. Terry is also a committed environmentalist.

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