Submitted by Teddy Smith from London, Ontario
I just thought I’d share a bit with what’s going on in my life. I’ve worked the service rigs for 20 years+, had some absolutely amazing times, met some truly awesome people, but most importantly I was doing a job I was in love with. The pride that I got from doing a job I knew drove the world was a fantastic feeling.
In October of 2018 my 74 yr old mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and in December my 84 year old father passed away.
Coupled with the 100% debilitating federal and provincial government towards our pristine oil fields I found myself out of work for the first time in my rigging career. I decided to sell almost everything I own and pack up and move myself, my wife and my dogs in with my mother to help look after her. She lives in London, Ontario.
My heart is Albertan. My soul bleeds oil and I am truly feeling overwhelmed by the overall general sense of ‘suck it up’ Alberta that I get from the general population of people here in Ontario. Every person I talk to here in Ontario has absolutely no idea what it’s like to work in the patch, no respect for what we do and all they come back with is you got paid really good money to do what you did, you should have set money aside for a rainy day… well how the hell to you do that with it’s been pouring for the last 5 years???
The people in Ontario don’t care how Albertans feel. They make fun of us on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. They don’t understand and they are unwilling to learn how we have the most ethical, cleanest, safest oil in the world.
There comes a time when one says I’ve had enough!!
I want to see us stop importing oil and using 100% Canadian refined oil and gas.
We need the media outlets to stop twisting Alberta’s story and get the truth out there.
We need to stop the indoctrination of youth in our school system into thinking oil is bad.
We definitely need to stop the equalization payments.
I want our voices to be hear loud and clear and it’s NOT happening here. The word is not getting out!
People need to stop stifling our clean oil!!! I don’t understand at all, it’s truly heart breaking.
This is coming from someone that lives, breathes Alberta but due to tragic circumstances I’m being suffocated here in Ontario and I’m asking for help. Help me help the province that has given me the best times of my life. Help me save ALBERTA!
Canadian energy needs more faces showing the plight of our disgruntled energy workers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.
I am by no means a politician just a very humbled righand who chose to make his family’s personal life very public in the Hope’s of providing a better understanding to the uneducated/misinformed masses of the east in regards to the current state of our great western provinces.
Planet Of The Humans: A Scathing Exposé On The Sacred Renewables Sector
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, the Michael Moore-backed environmental documentary Planet of the Humans was released for free on YouTube.
I’ve been waiting for months to see this film, although I wasn’t overly optimistic that I would get the opportunity because it seemed to have difficulty getting mainstream distribution. A few minutes in and I could understand why – it was damaging to the once-untouchable renewables sector. I’m still in disbelief that the powerful leaders of the climate alarmism movement were not able to stop its release, but that’s the power of the internet. In one day it has over 500,000 views on YouTube.
Even though Moore and Director Jeff Gibbs have reversed their position on renewable sources of energy and call into question the integrity of the climate change movement, the film is in no way pro-fossil fuels. Quite the opposite. They include footage of a Syncrude oil sands mine and periodically mention the “tar sands” with utter disdain. There’s no love for natural gas either.
I’m not opposed to renewables under certain circumstances, but my heart hurt when I saw footage of the destruction caused by mining the base materials for solar panels and wind turbines and the deforestation for biomass. It hurt even more when I saw how easily the projects were discarded after gobbling up millions of dollars of government subsidies, vast tracts of land, and precious natural resources. Because few jurisdictions have strong abandonment regulations, the equipment is often left to rust once it reaches end-of-life in a few short years or is replaced by newer technology.
I learned a lot about the makeup of the renewables sector. I had no idea there were so many biomass power plants in operation in the United States. I also didn’t appreciate what is considered ‘biomass’ or ‘biofuel’. I still can’t clear the image out of my head of the dead animals being pulverized for animal fat-based biofuel.
What I found most confounding was the lack of energy literacy by many of the interviewees, including representatives of green initiatives and leaders of protest movements. There’s one segment where a representative from GM excitedly showcases the release of a new Chevy Volt electric car. When asked for the source of electricity charging it, the women confidently says, “The building” (that the car is plugged into). Pressed further, she admits she doesn’t know, and it’s clear she hasn’t considered, the source. Spoiler alert: it’s about 95% coal. Perhaps this is why there is so much inconsistency and backpedaling by environmental groups.
Although this documentary is grim, and it doesn’t offer any solutions, I give Michael Moore credit for standing behind it because he’s sure to face backlash from people who were once his peers. His courage to put his name behind it and expose another side of the issue will help create better dialogue and stronger public policy.
I encourage everyone to watch it. Seeing the greed of Bill McKibben and the “prophet” Al Gore, it’s time for real environmentalists to lead the environmental movement.
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Drive in Christianity! Coming soon to a church near you!
On March 20 more than 60 vehicles gathered on the corner of 39th Street and 30th Avenue at 10:15 a.m. for a unique experience.
It was not a family comedy, nor an adventure film that brought folks out, but rather the bold proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Pastor Ben Elliot of Deer Park Church (formerly the Deer Park Alliance Church) via FM transmission (88.5 FM) for those in the parking lot and nearby neighbourhood.
Four rows of cars filled the lot with anywhere from 1 to 4 people per vehicle for an hour.
“This week I had the privilege of being home and was invited to be part of a province wide conference call with Premier Kenney and Minister Dr. Deena Hinshaw,” said Elliott during his sermon on Sunday. “I was nervous when I suggested what we were planning for our service and we got the thumbs up from everyone. He also asked us as faith leaders to pray for government and ministry leaders to make good decisions in this difficult time.”
He added that the church was going to ensure that the maximum number of 15 people was observed with only 4 volunteer parking attendants, 3 musicians and 1 pastor.
“I know it is tempting to get out of your car and chat with your friend but please don’t, be like our youth and chat with them across a window,” said Elliott who is also head of the Red Deer Ministerial Association. “We want to honor the restrictions while honouring God by gathering together.”
Elliott spoke on cabin fever, an experience citizens across Canada are well familiar with.
“Robert Service wrote about cabin fever in a poem called Pious Pete and we are well familiar with the phenomena,” he said. “Even King David, in 1 Sam 25 was not immune to the effects of continual exposure to the same people, except he lived in a cave!”
He noted that the good news is, that even while he was not in the public, David sought God and was corrected by God! He concluded his message by challenging us to honor God by being agents of peace and his salvation in our families.
Meanwhile, this particular drive-in was one of many services throughout the city and one of many formats.
Churches like Crossroads have live streamed their services for some time to service their growing congregation and others have moved to youtube presentations for viewing anytime.
Unity Baptist Church in north Red Deer has gone to Zoom for their services.
“This morning there was 40 people who logged into the sermon,” said Kent Lindsay, a
Unity Baptist congregant. “It was a great interactive way to experience a service without being there.”
Meanwhile, prayer groups like the Red Deer Catholic Mens Group have moved to Whatapp for communication and alerting members to Zoom sessions with other believers for rosary prayers and other intercessions.
“There are many ways for believers to meet and encourage each other during this time,” said pastor Andrew Rilling of Deer Park Church. “From live streams to youtube personal phone calls, to our drive in format, Gods people need to encourage each other. His word is always working and He meets us in our needs. As a believer and a pastor I am encouraged and know that God is always working among us.”
“Can you tell me if there’s a good spot to fish around here?”
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