June 27, 2015

Fort McMurray "has as much culture, if not more" as Toronto, Vancouver

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Brad Friesan of Dunvegan Gardens took me on a tour of his flourishing greenhouse and farm in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Friesan talks about Fort Mac's youthful, diverse population, and challenges the cliche that those people are just transient workers.

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commented 2015-06-29 03:00:05 -0400
Thanks Ezra for showing us the real people of Fort McMurray who are there after the climate hucksters have left town. It’s great to hear from the people who make Canada’s economy run instead of the ones trying to shut it down.
commented 2015-06-29 01:56:23 -0400
In fact, I can remember when it was called Mildred Lake. Before there was a city it was just Syncrude and camps
commented 2015-06-29 01:34:25 -0400
A couple of you morons( Dr Jimmy and Jago specifically) need to consider that Ft Mcmurray only began to industrialize about 30 years ago. Now put that into contrast with New York and Toronto
commented 2015-06-28 22:17:54 -0400
I hear New York is worried about all the culture and other crap that hick Fort McMurray has to offer.
commented 2015-06-28 18:18:21 -0400
Liza, I wouldn’t worry about poor Jago. He’s just trying to compare a metropolis like Toronto to a small place like Fort Mac.

Now let’s see… Toronto has more money in the coffers than is necessary, and thus can afford big massive event’s like he has described, and is a hotbed of a city due to so much international traffic. And Toronto is a capital city, where it has swallowed outlying cities and townships to become the GTA. And Toronto is an easy place to get to.

Now compare that to Fort McMurray. Much longer of a drive to get to. Many of their expensive products that are cheaper in Toronto are more expensive for the fact it’s got to be shipped in, unlike Toronto which is surrounded by Canada’s biggest distributors and factories. How much out of town traffic does a small place like Fort Mac get? At least compared to a booming metropolis like Toronto? And yes, Fort Mac has money, but they have to spend it on essential town expenditures, and not on fancy festivals and arena’s that Toronto has.

So in light of all this, I think Jago made a very “fair” comparison. Especially to a place he has no clue about.
commented 2015-06-28 10:48:28 -0400
You are one of those people who has to tear everything down Jago. It seems to be your entertainment. You ooze contempt.
Fear and loathing.
commented 2015-06-28 02:05:16 -0400
If you have to say how much culture you have, then you really can’t have that much, can you? Well, let’s see – looking at the Fort McMurray tourism site (http://www.fortmcmurraytourism.com/), I can watch a CFL game (what an honour … ooo can I actually get tickets?!), I can go to a Habitat for Humanity Open House (yeah …. no), or I could look at an oil reclamation site, or sand dunes?! Well, ok then, you’ve certainly got Toronto beat. But just for the heck of it, what lesser cultural activities will I have to shove down my throat if (like the Rebel) I’m stuck in T-nought – Jazz Festival, Mythbusters, Rib Festival ?!, Film Festival,Professional Basketball, Hockey, Football, Soccer, lumberjack festival, Shakespeare Festival, Game of Thrones mock battles … and then on Wednesday …

Yeah, those two things are the same.
commented 2015-06-27 18:48:41 -0400
And these stories and feel good pieces get slammed because they offend left wing ideals, and I use this term loosely, principles.
commented 2015-06-27 11:58:44 -0400
This old song rings true in Fort McMurray “Oh give me a home where the Buffalo roam where the dear and the antelope play where seldom is heard not a discouraging word and sky is not cloudy all day.” To hear this wonderful song go to you tube home on the range by Tom Rouch .