June 30, 2015

Fort McMurray's Clearwater River "should be a tourist destination"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Gene Ouellette and Steve Auty took me on an exhilarating tour of Fort McMurray's Clearwater River, a world heritage river where locals enjoy fishing and boating.

We talk about how oil and bitumen seeps into the river naturally. (It has nothing to do with the energy industry.)

The thriving natural surroundings, like the fast growing arboreal forests -- once again belie the myths spread about the oil sands region.

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commented 2015-07-02 22:59:19 -0400
It is about time there was some push back, it has been one sided coverage for a long time. I wouldn’t even call it coverage, because it has been so skewed and untruthful. More like bashing with intent to annihilate.
commented 2015-07-01 20:57:59 -0400
I’ve been to the oil sands many times over the years. First time was in /78 before Sincrude was even in operation, and Suncor was still a small operation, and I’ve been to every operation that’s started up since then, up until just a few years ago. Everything the left says about FT. Mac and the oilsands has been nothing but lies.
commented 2015-07-01 12:54:14 -0400
Fellow Bloggers. My thoughts.

Some of you may have encountered our resident lefty trolls, Terrry Rudden and Adam Da Silva. They usually make their presence known by their demeaning attitudes towards other commentators.

I have a theory as to why they are here. They complain about the site being “conservative” but still remain. Why? I believe it is because of the unprecedented freedom of speech this site offers compared to others. Try expressing different opinions or profanity on CBC or others and see what happens! Our trolls are taking advantage of this freedom to vilify others, and spew vitriolic hatred rather than address the news item to which the blog is attached.

Some others have suggested we ignore them. I am coming to believe this may be the solution. Remove the incentive. Because of this site’s seemingly dedication to free speech, I am not aware of anyone who has been banned. I do think one other troll which we do not seem to see as often (or ever) may have been warned about the vicious personal attacks and profanity used on others. With the incentive removed, this individual may have moved on.

Ignoring them will not initially stop the outrageous jabs, the snide smug jibes, the insulting demeanor displayed towards others. I would suggest if something is beyond the pale, not to respond but “flag the comment” for review by site administration based on the commenting rules easily found on the site. Either they respect others, or they become disinterested and go elsewhere to vent their hatred.

This site is a precious commodity for free speech. We cannot let the trolls destroy it as they would, crowing about their victory over our rights to speak freely!
commented 2015-07-01 11:37:01 -0400
If Jimmy doesn’t care about the oil sands videos, why is he posting here? I mean besides him being an unenlightened troll.
commented 2015-07-01 00:40:00 -0400
Watch for a CBC documentary to appear, claiming the river is being polluted by the oil sands industry.
commented 2015-06-30 21:49:30 -0400
What a great down to earth message even the radical Lieberal enviro nuts (with the possible exception of jimmy d) should be able to comprehend
commented 2015-06-30 21:42:42 -0400
Thanks for bringing the oilsands to the Rebel.
I’ll pass it on. It is a good educational piece.
commented 2015-06-30 20:35:46 -0400
Really enjoying your videos Ezra. Great job. Too bad the msm could not see the need to do something similar and educate the people. But of course that would be telling the people the truth and that is not part of there nature. The truth to them does not count.
commented 2015-06-30 18:48:51 -0400
That is the best report on the oil sands ever.
commented 2015-06-30 16:59:46 -0400

Yes – the traffic for these Fort McMurray videos are incredible. The world is dying to know what Fort McMurray has to offer. I hope they are ready to be a hot spot for tourists.
commented 2015-06-30 16:09:48 -0400
@jimmyda Silva – WRONG. Many want to see how the MSM has fkg lied to the masses for decades – all the way back to pete troodo fkg the west in the early 80s.

Keep it up Ezra – the world needs to see what a bunch of lying sh*tbag pigs the bulk of Canadian MSM really is.

That good enough for you duh-silva? BTW dude, the weather underground called – there’s another manifesto reading tonight and you should definitely be there.
commented 2015-06-30 16:08:38 -0400
That would be SHIT, not suit…..but you still know where to stick your head.
commented 2015-06-30 16:06:01 -0400
Jimmy daaaaaa………. I give a suit! So go stick your head in a wind turbine.
commented 2015-06-30 15:21:09 -0400

Why are you being a shill for For McMurray with all these videos? Nobody gives a shit about the Texas Of Canada.
commented 2015-06-30 13:57:21 -0400
Remarkable! One has to wonder what the environmental impact would be if this oil contaminated sand was left alone to leach into the water systems etc, and not get cleaned up as is happening now. Enviro-mentals!
commented 2015-06-30 13:43:42 -0400
So the bitumen is naturally found around the rivers.

If you listen to the enviro-whackos, all this bitumen was only seen once the “big bad evil oil corporations” started mining it. Another fact that you will never hear from the enviro-whackos.

So if bitumen was in the river before the oilsand were mined, and if the bitumen actually poisons the fish, it is obvious that the “big bad evil oil corporations” are not responsible for the contaminated fish.
commented 2015-06-30 13:42:22 -0400
If a pipeline made as big a spill as the deposit at Fort McMurray the ecology crowd would scream to have it cleaned up.
commented 2015-06-30 13:38:45 -0400
I am glad someone is showing what has been going on naturally for millennia. I hope you go a do a segment on the reclaimed land and then compile all your segments and do a documentary that would shame Michael Moore.
commented 2015-06-30 13:29:39 -0400
It’s wonderful to see the truth about the Tar Sands and Fort McMurray it truly is a tourist destination.