Prince Albert Voice
Are you ready for a little scolding, a bit of “tunin’ in”? Well, ready or not, here it comes:
“Canada throws away more garbage per capita than any other country in the developed world”, says the Conference Board of Canada website. It scolds us for using more energy and water than most countries. It gives us the second lowest rating of 17 countries for environmental performance. Numerous other websites as well want to take us to the woodshed for overly high consumption, high spending, throwaway habits and general wastefulness.
During my years as a teacher I sometimes gave after-hours help to students who were struggling with certain concepts. Once I approached a grade nine girl just after she had again performed dismally on a geography quiz. It just didn’t seem right to me that anyone should go through life under the illusion that the Nile River flows through Edmonton or that the Precambrian Shield is a heavy-metal rock band.
Most PA Shopper and Northern Express readers (including me) reside within the northern grain belt (including PA) or the boreal forest. And we often travel through the borderland between those regions. For that reason Elinor Florence’s new novel Wildwood, though set in Alberta’s Peace River country, should appeal to us.
What, I asked Esther, if I went broke, so broke I had to give up the pleasures of camping, snowmobiling, long-distance travel, concerts, restaurant meals, shopping… (Here she reminded me I hate shopping.) Well, I tell her, if I had to give all those things up, I could still find life well worthwhile. If, that is, I had just one out-of house activity left: my daily habit of hiking the rural roads and bush trails or cross-country skiing with my dogs.