Cressida J. Heyes

Spiderweb

 

The chief of the Soda Creek Indian Band likened the area touched by the spill to a spiderweb[17]

 

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I live in northern Alberta, home of the tar sands—a series of giant pits of mucky bitumen mixed with the earth in a way that is incredibly difficult and destructive to extract. Think: cavernous bites taken out of the ground; giant tailings ponds of silty toxic goo; dead animals; cancer.

 

Lots of transient men work in trades in the tar sands, for Canada’s best money. They travel a long way to get there, but they don’t plan to stay. They lodge in temporary housing, take drugs, drink, and buy sex. It’s a grim world, by all accounts.

 

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“What I’m saying is, you weren’t freely expressing yourself by being raped by three men.”[18]

 

looking back, she would have done things differently[19]

 

the leak can no longer be seen from the air[20]

 

Safe is a relative notion[21]

 

 

                                                                                                                               

[17] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/first-nations-fear-the-worst-for-bcs-salmon-population/article19945332/
[18] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/was-this-the-most-offensive-question-ever-asked-by-an-mp/article19503193/
[19] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/try-it-now/try-it-now-rob-insight/?contentRedirect=true&articleId=19941218
[20] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/flow-from-breach-bc-tailings-pond-in-cariboo-region-has-been-reduce-province/article19981374/
[21] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/how-a-new-golden-rule-is-shaping-oil-and-gas-projects/article

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