Photograph by Greg Halinda
By Andrea Sands and Jodie Sinnema, edmontonjournal.com
Bill Minhas has lived in Fort McMurray for 27 years and raised his family in the northern Alberta community.
But he hasn’t driven down Highway 63 since last Nov. 14, when his uncle, Ranjit Doad, was killed in a head-on crash on his way home to Calgary.
“It scared the hell out of me,” said Minhas, 55, who gathered with a crowd of about 500 Saturday at MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray to demand the province immediately twin Highway 63.
Minhas carried a sign with his uncle’s name on it and used the protest, called Twin63Now, as a way to mourn with others affected by the growing death toll on the mainly two-lane road.