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
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
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
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.