Why Aren’t We Free to Age on Our Own Terms?

 
Sharon J. Riley – The Walrus – March 2020
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A mine in the middle

“We fly out of the Liard River in a float plane operated by a man named Doug. The plane glides up over the boreal forest and bogs of the seemingly endless Liard Plains, until the landscape swoops skyward like a calligraphic flourish at the end of a long, unbroken sentence. The flourish is the MacKenzie mountain range, forming part of the boundary between the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The mountain ridges are wide, wider than freeways, and I gape at the contours of the rocky slopes. Rivers below us meander like loosely coiled ropes, their origins drooling rivulets rolling down the slopes of now snowless mountains. And then we see it. The Nahanni.”

Sharon J. Riley – The Narwhal – December 2019

After oil and gas: Meet Alberta workers making the switch to solar

“At his first job, he made $60,000 a year. In the years that followed, he made a lot of money. He partied. He didn’t vote. He didn’t care much about politics. Something started to change for Taylor as the years went on in the oil patch. He remembers the 2010 BP oil spill as a pivotal moment in his thinking. ‘It was plastered all over the news for days, and I watched this giant catastrophe just unfold in front of our eyes for days on end,’ he said. It was, he remembers, ‘a heartbreaking moment.’ Fast-forward several years, and Taylor is one of thousands of solar workers in Alberta — and one of many who has transitioned out of the fossil fuel sector into renewable energy.”

Sharon J. Riley – The Narwhal – October 2019

The story of Alberta’s $100-billion well liability problem

 
Sharon J. Riley – The Narwhal – November 2018