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on April 6, 2016
It was my main source for my tar sands research paper.
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on November 7, 2015
Another Albertan sent me this book to read and it was really incredible in understanding the implications of the tar sands in terms of Indigenous communities, the environment, labor, etc. Ignore the bad reviews here on Amazon -- these are all by people who work the tar sands. Understandably they are hurt and there are limited opportunities for employment but that must be balanced against the real and dramatic harm that is happening right now.
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on January 11, 2015
Book had no markings or tear... good as new
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on October 27, 2013
Full of technical errors and misrepresentation of facts. A waste of money. An example of how some in the community of environmental extremists are prepared to misrepresent the truth.
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on June 26, 2013
Someone should tell Bill that 'Ralphie' hasn't been premier of Alberta for several years, in fact, he's dead.
And the oil sands mines are being reclaimed, there are pictures available on the web.
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on April 21, 2013
This book is a load of hooey. I suppose if you think any development is bad and you would rather buy oil from countries that are either corrupt or gross violaters of both human rights and the environment then you will love this book. If on the other hand you see the Oil Sands project ( it is oil sand, not tar} as a reasonable long term solution to solving our oil needs and you agree that it is run as cleanly as possible you will see this book as another attempt to cash in on the misinformation about a project that is vital to Canada's economy. Can I give it no stars?
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on February 7, 2013
Hi,
Very informative. Must read for how Ralphie is ruining the climate and environment without any gain for Alberta's economy and future. Just more big bucks for big oil and no reclamtion of NE Alberta!
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on February 1, 2013
For those of us that work in the oilsands...yes its correctly called oilsands...it hasnt been called tarsands since 1951, and that starts off the gross inaccuracies in this book of pure propaganda not science.
The oilsands has been in operation for almost 50 years and has provided Canada with billions of dollars of revenue plus over 230,000 jobs from BC to Quebec and the Maritimes. Its a healthy sports town that grew now to over 120,000 people of many ethnic groups and religions. It has one of Alberttas oldest MOSQUES.
Nikiforuks book is crass propaganda and its easy to prove its propaganda by taking a trip to Fort McMurray and seeing the Community. My kids were born here.
Its a multicultural town. Oilsands are the biggest employer of aboriginal people in Canada and two at least are millionaires.
On the environment, oilsands contributes 0.2% of world GHGs.
A variety of studies confirms there are contaminants but all are within normal urban levels (Science Academy) Cross Cancer Institute states that comments told by Nikiforuk are untrue. There are no excessive cancers here as he states. Over 180,000 people live and work in this region MANY IN THE PLANTS EXTRACTING OIL. Do you think if there was cancer many workers would have it? Its all BS and Albertans know it. Nikiforuk has NEVER spent a day in the oilsands yet he's an expert?
Fort McMurray is a great place to raise kids. 1400 kids in minor hockey. 1800 kids in soccer. Biggest Leisure Centre in Canada with pools. Aboriginal Owned Hotel biggest in Fort McMurray (Sawridge) Biggest United Way in Canada. Home to Hockey and Film Stars (Chris Phillips and Natasha Henstridge) Home to best senior Marathon Runner in Canada (Phil Meagher) Biggest Urban Municipality in Canada.
Dave Tuccaro of TUCs Corpn., best known native millionaire in Canada. Best Vocational College in Canada. AIR is 15 times better than Toronto.
Get a tour of the oilsands see the BISON. See the reclaimed land
Phone 1-780-791-4336 (Fort McMurray Tourism) Believe your own eyes, not this propagandist. SEEING IS BELIEVING.
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on January 26, 2013
Disturbing, alarming, annoying, depressing, discouraging, dismaying, distressing, foreboding, frightening, gloomy, ominous, perplexing, perturbing, prophetic, provoking, unpleasant, unsettling, upsetting, vexing AND so horribly accurate.
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on January 15, 2013
Should be read by all Canadian school children and especially by all Canadian politicians. Its coverage of the issues and inconceivable mismanagement surrounding the Canadian tar sands is excellent.
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