March/April 2003


March / April 2003

The True North Strong and Costly by Jackie Flanagan


At one time, Alberta’s North was viewed with mystical awe. Now it’s a place of plunder, and social and environmental upheaval.

Jazzismo Libre The John Reid Quartet plays Havana

by George Melnyk, photo by Julia Melnyk

Albertan abroad

Calgarian jazz musician and U of C professor John Reid is hooked on Cuba.

Legal Wrangling by Fred Stenson, illustration by Steve Attoe

Wit, humour, satire

Stenson shares the real rule of law: nothing is simple.

Industry Gone Wild by Gord Petersen

Photo essay

We think of Alberta as a wonder of wilderness. But beyond the national parks, Alberta is basically an industrial zone.

Heads in the Sands Text and photos by Dan Rubinstein

Syncrude Canada, Suncor Energy, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Great Canadian Oil Sand project, Regional Issues Working Group

Fort McMurray is a living portrait of the conflict between the needs of industry and the needs of society.

Honourable Mention 2003 National Magazine Awards in the Politics & Public Interest category.

Digging a Carbon Hole for Canada Will oil sands projects be white elephants in the post-Kyoto world?

by Peter Fairley, photos by Peter Llewellyn

Pembina Institute, Natural Resources Canada, Alberta’s Energy and Utilities Board, climate change, carbon credits

The oil sands conflict between the profit for government and corporations and the protection of the environment may be moot. Are the oil sands really a sound investment?

Bright Lights, Little City Keyano College-the heart of the northern arts scene

by Amber Bowerman

Keyano Theatre, Paul Gelineau

Fort McMurray may be perceived as a cultural wasteland by many Albertans, but really, it’s a hot bed of creativity.

Far from Home Newfoundlanders find work and heartache in Fort McMurray

by Kay Burns, illustration by Larry Bowhay

Displacement, employment

Nearly everyone in Fort McMurray is from someplace else. A third of the population are Newfoundlanders. They come here to work, to save some money and go home. Many end up staying.

Wild Orchid Country Text and photos by Marilynn McAra

Gardening, Wagner Natural Area Society, Muttart Conservatory

If you’re hunting for wild orchids, Edmonton is the place to be, all year round.

Dola’s Chicken by Andr Rodrigues

Fiction, short story

A stark, stylish twist to the Polish on the prairie farm story

Public Square by Larry Johnsrude

Opinion, comment, column

A basic tenet of democracy is representation by population. However, in Alberta, constituencies have a significantly varied number of citizens.

Every issue we offer this unique puzzle by J.B. Hohm. Solve it to reveal a quote by an Alberta author.

Numbers and statistics illuminate and entertain in one of our most popular pages.