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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Is Alberta's Prosperity Causing Too Many Problems?


The question is posed, even though most folks are too busy anticipating the bubble being burst by a federal government's pin-prick.

But
some say that Alberta's prosperity is coming at too high of a cost. The examples are sour gas wells near homes in Drayton Valley, urban sprawl in Edmonton and Calgary, deforestation, and 'scarring ' of landscapes.

Of course nobody prefers to have traffic congestion on the Deerfoot or Whitemud. Nobody wishes to have a sour gas well near their back fence.

But most folks would rather have a job, own a home, and live in a safe neighborhood. These things are what they have prioritized. That's why so many people have
moved to Alberta.

Alberta's leaders need to reckon with the problems of prosperity and offer logical plans for addressing them. The problems themselves are a sign of Alberta's maturity. To take on these challenges is part of the responsibility Alberta faces as it moves from a pioneering infancy and a boom-bust adolescence to a seasoned growth in prosperity and influence.

Facing these issues establishes Alberta's right to a leadership position among regions and nations.

In the meantime, I don't hear people in
Drayton Valley complaining. They're too busy working hard, making money, raising families and building their community to fuss about the inconveniences that they face.

Let the envious fuss all they want.

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I was wondering if you saw this article on "The Calgary School":
I linked to it from here.

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