FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 1, 2012) – A group of concerned citizens launched a website today to support a Highway 63 protest movement in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
The website, www.twin63now.ca, was launched in response to the frustration many citizens feel about the slow progress of the twinning of Highway 63. Website visitors will find information about how they can join a movement to put pressure on the Government of Alberta to make the highway project a priority.
The website also has aggregated news coverage of Highway 63, including stories about the most recent collision, which claimed the lives of seven people last Friday. Since 2006, 46 people have died on, what many people call, “the highway of death.”
“We have a community in mourning of the collision victims, and people are outraged about the slow progress of the highway twinning,” said Ashley St. Croix, an organizer of the Highway 63 protest and a six-year resident of Fort McMurray. “We’re losing our citizens and it’s not acceptable.”
“The website is a place for people to find out how they can get involved in influencing the pace of twinning,” said Nicole Auser, a writer for the website who was born and raised in Fort McMurray. “This movement is more than a knee-jerk reaction to the tragic deaths last Friday. Our community wants to put long-term pressure on the provincial government to hold the Ministry of Transportation accountable for dragging its feet on this twinning project.”
The website is updated on a daily basis, and its writers encourage guest bloggers or video bloggers to contribute their content relating to the Highway 63 movement.
Patrick Kerby Design donated the website and graphic design services to support the movement.
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Ashley St. Croix