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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 01:44 AM
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16. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Edited on Wed Jun-28-06 01:48 AM by u4ic
don't get me on about the oilsands.

Destructive as hell, and the cost to produce this oil -'dirty oil' - will be monumental, both on a monetary and ecological standpoint.

Add in the factor that Ft Mac has more than doubled in size since I lived there - 1997. In less than a decade, it's doubled. Yes, all because of the oilsands.

However, Alberta oversees infrastructure - and hasn't been planning or budgeting money towards the changes needed up there - it's a city that hasn't had a lot of improvements infrastructure wise, and you can imagine the once town now turned 3rd largest city in the province, using roads for a city half the size.

The highway up to Ft Mac from here is notoriously treacherous. It resulted in this: (having travelled that highway a number of times, it could get scary, especially when dealing with the huge logging or transport trucks. Some areas of the highway barely have any shoulders - it's a 2 lane highway for the most part, 4 in some areas.

How about the health problems associated with it:

Also, crime has risen 25% in one year. Why? Young, transient males who work on the rigs.

And the 'economy is so hot' :puke: the average price of a one bedroom apartment, unfurnished, is $1600 per month. Average homes are around $440,000. IF you can find vacancy.

It's NORTHERN ALBERTA, THERE'S PISS ALL TO DO THERE, and the winters are fricking cold! It was -40c/-40F almost every night in the winter, at least when I was there.

I've gotta laugh, however - McDonalds had raised the rate to $14/hr last I heard, to try and keep workers. (unfortunately, that only means, before taxes, f/t they would be making $2240 per month. Average 1 bedroom - $1600 per month. Even at $14/hr, it still just even begin to cut it.

The oil companies are also bringing in lower cost workers (ie from South America and China) so they don't have to pay as much. :eyes:

It doesn't help that we have a Conservative cretin, running the province. He's all for big business, however, he's not getting the fair share of royalties for the province - yep, as if they need help. Subsidizing fucking oil companies... :nuke:

It's all a big fucking mess. We need better leadership in this province, and tight environmental standards. Pffft..if that's ever going to happen. :grr:
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