June 25, 2015

Jamaican immigrant loves Fort McMurray: A place of "courage, dreams and ambitions"

Rebel Staff
 

While visiting Fort McMurray, I was told I just had to visit a Jamaican restaurant called Chez Max. I'm glad I did.



Fort McMurray, Alberta isn't where you'd expect to find a Jamaica restaurant called Chez Max, but as local activist and booster Robbie Picard told me, the city is far more diverse than most outsiders think it is.

I asked Maxine, the owner, how she felt about Alberta's frigid winters, considering that she'd moved here from Jamaica only one year ago.

She said the kindness and warmth of the local people more than make up for the climate.

"I don't feel homesick. This is my home."

Maxine also raved about what a great place Fort McMurray is to live your dreams, work hard and build a great life.

Warning: Her enthusiasm is contagious -- you may want to move here, too.



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commented 2015-06-29 08:39:17 -0400
Terry said, “Peter: So – you don’t actually know, or have, the “standards” you’re referring to. Thanks.”

No Terry, that is not what I said. Read carefully. I said,

They stated the standards they would hold to and the direction they wanted to take theRebel.Media in their first video.

Go watch them because it is better you hear what they have to say from their own lips rather than a re-interpretation from me.

Now do you get it, Terry?

And Liza, you are correct. Terry is just a troll.
commented 2015-06-29 07:39:00 -0400
Liza, please forgive if I misinterpreted your position. Please clarify: do you think its relevant whether or not these alleged “town hall” meetings are being funded by oil companies or political parties? And do you see the a potential for conflict of interest in that case?
commented 2015-06-29 07:29:42 -0400
Peter: So – you don’t actually know, or have, the “standards” you’re referring to. Thanks.
commented 2015-06-29 01:36:05 -0400
I said people from all walks of life, Terry you are as bad as Joan for misrepresenting what people post.
I don’t understand why anyone is bothering with Terry. He is the definition of troll, and has a sick sense of humour. He is having you on, and you should all ignore him. His “contributions” add nothing.
He is , excuse my language, fucking with you.
commented 2015-06-28 17:25:03 -0400
Terry said, “Peter: can you direct me to the Webble’s statement of journalism standards, please?”

I don’t think they are posted, but in some of the first videos that Ezra … and Brian as well, I think, they stated what standards they intended to uphold, and thing they intended to do as theRebel.Media. Just check out the first videos.
commented 2015-06-28 16:10:45 -0400
Peter: can you direct me to the Webble’s statement of journalism standards, please? I look forward to reading them. I’m particularly interested in their statements on:
a) Accuracy and honesty;
b) Confict of interest (e.g., the separation of editorial function, reportage and sponsored messaging, and the acknowledgement of external funding)
c) Balance (i.e., the proactive attempt when covering a story to ensure that opposing perspectives are represented)
d) Withdrawal of and apology for erroneous assertions
Please post whatever link you have that illustrates the standards you claim to be aware of.
commented 2015-06-28 14:54:53 -0400
Terry claimed, “… media without journalistic policies or standards …”

They have their standards. You just don’t agree with them, so therefore you claim that they have none. By contrast, the CBC posts their policies and standards, but then break those “standards” by presenting the Liberal point of view and by demonizing the Conservatives.
commented 2015-06-28 12:20:21 -0400
Liza, yes, I understand, and that’s what I was pointing out to Peter, who seemed to think I had a problem with the Webble being funded by “ordinary people”. Your preference for media without journalistic policies or standards is entirely your own business, and clearly shared by many on this site. There may, however, be occasional readers who understand the distinction between a funded advocacy initiative and an actual “town hall”, and I’m inviting the Webble folks to clarify.
commented 2015-06-28 10:31:57 -0400
That is my point my only point .
You are not forced to watch it Terry, and any one else who feels the contempt you do . Just like I don’t watch CBC anymore. The only difference is, that I am still being forced to pay for something I don’t watch.. You are not.
commented 2015-06-28 10:10:51 -0400
My point is that the taxpayer is not forced to pay for it like CBC. There are enough people from all walks of life and business I am sure who help fund the Rebel. You want to make a federal case out of it, you can’t because it is not federally funded and you are not forced to pay for it.
commented 2015-06-28 09:35:59 -0400
Peter: sorry, I don’t understand your point. Liza, I believe, was responding to my comments about funding from political and industry donors, not “regular people”.
commented 2015-06-27 23:32:21 -0400
Terry Rudden said to Liza Rosie,
""I couldn’t care less who or who doesn’t fund TheRebel.”
Yes, I’m aware of that."

It seems you have an issue with TheRebel.Media being funded by regular people. Why is that?
commented 2015-06-27 21:27:00 -0400
Ah, goaat roti or boneless chicken roti, Jamaican style with too much pepper sauce.
Those were the great days long ago picking up five or six lunches as the staff at Mister Jerk rolled their eyes.
Chez Max sounds like they know their stuff.
Best wishes for success.
commented 2015-06-27 12:29:37 -0400
“I couldn’t care less who or who doesn’t fund TheRebel.”
Yes, I’m aware of that.
commented 2015-06-27 09:35:48 -0400
" Don’t make up statements and try to credit them to me. That’s slander. "
Rick, you misread my statement. Read it again.
commented 2015-06-27 01:08:59 -0400
I couldn’t care less who or who doesn’t fund TheRebel, it isn’t coming from the taxpayer’s pocket, so nobody has anything to say about it. Terry you have been told before, what you are looking for is here.
Amanda Achtman. http://www.therebel.media/yym_town_hall
Jon Tupper enjoyed your post.
commented 2015-06-26 21:30:27 -0400
While this lady seems to be wonderful sort, she lost me with the halal meat. I will NEVER eat halal meat knowingly.
commented 2015-06-26 18:36:12 -0400
Okay Terry, let me try and figure this one out… You are bashing Ezra because you think he’s a fake, even though he was voted the countries no .1 journalist a year or so ago? Are you bashing him because he’s anti-NDP, even though the NDP keep proving themselves as disastrous to one of Alberta’s big economies? Perhaps you bash him because of him going against your personal beliefs and sensibilities? With no real point to prove in this story Terry, it must be really sad that you have to resort to bashing Ezra.

And I’ve looked into it. All of Ezra’s endeavors that require cash backing was done through crowdfunding. If you can find my proof of companies or political funding to his causes, please post them, and I’ll stand down humbled.
commented 2015-06-26 17:26:17 -0400
Jon. “Why does the left hate Fort McMurray? I think it is because we did it ourselves WITHOUT the Government “helping”. It must really piss people off.” I think you may have perhaps nailed it! The Left are not in control there and they despise the fact.
commented 2015-06-26 17:12:01 -0400
I live in Fort McMurray. It has been my home for nearly 20 years. It may be hard for outsiders to wrap their heads around but most of the people who live here actually like it here and are staying voluntarily. The Anti-oilsands reporting is so slanted. They go down to a local strip club (every city in Canada has them), they interview a 20 something single guy who’s had a few too many who says he hates it, and then take that as proof that this city is horrible. The fact is this is a very family oriented city. There are over 120 babies born in our hospital every month, remarkable for a city our size. We are vastly more multicultural than outsiders realize. According to data from Alberta Health given to me via the Primary Care Network, over 20% of the population here are “new Canadians” (having moved to Canada in the past 5 years). People from all over the world move here, and guess what they do? They make friendships, fall in love, start families, buy homes, and make a life. And many of us get along quite well! In our city, an Evangelical Christian church worked together with the Catholic Church and the local Mosque to buy land together so they could each expand to better serve their parishioners. What? Multiple faiths working in peace together to grow a community? Yes, in Fort McMurray.

We have a community where people make a good living, come from all over the world, from over 160 different cultures, who get along, support each other, create families, and build a community in harmony. Why does the left hate Fort McMurray? I think it is because we did it ourselves WITHOUT the Government “helping”. It must really piss people off.
commented 2015-06-26 16:03:27 -0400
And Terry. Don’t make up statements and try to credit them to me. That’s slander. "So what? Yes, Ezra’s a propagandist, and what’s wrong with political and industry sponsorship?”
commented 2015-06-26 15:47:46 -0400
Terry. I was expressing an opinion. I am not defending anything. Why do you have this fixation on “Win or Lose”? When you left the site some time ago, you made comments to the effect (generalized) “You win, Goodbye” Why do you feel this is a contest? I have always viewed these formats as a way to say my piece, present information if I have it, and so forth. I think (again, my opinion) your obsession with Win or Lose is unhealthy.
commented 2015-06-26 15:01:36 -0400
Rick, I think a more defensible stance for you might be to argue, as Token Conservative did: “So what? Yes, Ezra’s a propagandist, and what’s wrong with political and industry sponsorship?” Try that: it has the advantage of being plausible.
commented 2015-06-26 14:41:40 -0400
“Are Ezra’s anti-NDP political rallies are being sponsored by oil companies or political parties?” Terry. If I recall correctly, some time ago when I believe you had already huffed off this site in a snit, there was a crowd funding effort going on at TheRebel to establish an Alberta office. This must have been successful to be witnessing the events we are seeing now, and to which you seem so opposed to.
commented 2015-06-26 14:01:53 -0400
“Discussion thread”?
Good grief. With all due respect, if you think there’s anything resembling “discussion” happening here, you’re desperately in need of a little more intellectual stimulation that you’ve been getting.
Let me acknowledge the obvious. There are happy people in Fort Mac. Nice people too. And people who run restaurants tend to be nice people, who like development that brings business to their community. That’s great. Nice people are nice. I like Nice People. No discussion there. I totally admit that Ezra has established that.
Now. Let me challenge you to look just a teensy bit beyond that revelation. Are Ezra’s anti-NDP political rallies are being sponsored by oil companies or political parties?
commented 2015-06-26 13:54:14 -0400
Sorry to break this to you, Terry, but there ARE ACTUAL HAPPY people out there…..this was an example of one hard-working lady who said some positive things about her new community…..and the audacity of Ezra to report it.
The addiction to unhappiness, negativity and gloom is so pathetic from the left.
commented 2015-06-26 13:08:32 -0400
And… discussion thread safely derailed by Terry once again. Success and happiness story of an individual in Ft. Mac forgotten, only questions about the reporter/reporting agency remain. Well done agent Rudden, time to find some other thread to derail.
commented 2015-06-26 11:35:11 -0400
No, Jason, I’m not bashing journalists: I’m bashing Ezra for pretending to be a journalist, as opposed to a lobbyist.