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Friday, April 24, 2009

We screwed up,' Alberta admits after using British beach photo in ads

"The government of Alberta is apologizing for using a photo of a British beach in an ad to promote the land-locked province.

A picture featuring two blond children running on a beach in England's Northumberland region appears as part of a new $25-million campaign to promote Alberta.

We all knew that every single image we put out to represent Alberta had to be of Alberta, or we would be roasted," wrote David Sands, a government employee. "Then we screwed up.…

Premier Ed Stelmach said Friday that he's still proud of the rebranding campaign and that the photo was intended to represent global concerns."


How could this government of my province do such a thing? There are so many beautiful places in Alberta which would have been so much better to promote Alberta:the Rocky Mountains, park land, any photo of Alberta for that matter would have been better than using an image of a British Beach, and the 25 million dollars could have been payed to Alberta companies and artists to produce the ads. Why did they chose Britain?

What is really ironic about this embarrassment is that the Premier of the province made the following statement to the world about this embarrassment:

"Premier Ed Stelmach said Friday that he's still proud of the rebranding campaign and that the photo was intended to represent global concerns.

"It's more broad than Alberta ... because we do care, not only about Alberta environment but the world," he said."

It seems that the Premier is trying to use public money to try and repair the image of his government, and his bureaucracy after the recent killing of ducks at an oil company pond.In my opinion, the Premier should focus upon Alberta's environmental problems by using concrete new legislation which shows the world and the residents of the province that he is serious about reducing environmental damage caused by Big Oil in Alberta. As stated recently in the Globe and Mail:

"Former premier Peter Lougheed told William Marsden, the author of the book, How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn't Seem to Care),

"that the province has stupidly forgotten how to behave like an "owner." David Schindler, one of the world's foremost water ecologists, explains how the systematic and ignorant trashing of provincial watersheds could ensure citizens a bleak future within 50 years. David Hughes, an energy and peak oil expert, wonders why federal and provincial politicians don't seem cleverly interested in oil and gas conservation now that Canadians are stupidly reduced to digging big holes in the ground for the world's dirtiest oil. In addition, government that gives away its oil for a 1-per-cent royalty is not only stupid but politically bankrupt. A regulator ("eight mulish, white male suits") that rubber-stamps projects and then spies on citizens who question their rubber-stamping is a Soviet-style disgrace. A former (Alberta) environment minister who rants not about the destruction of rivers and forests, but about his Harvard education, is pure Mark Twain territory. Welcome to Saudi Alberta." (source:

How many screwups is a Provincial Party allowed, especially related to our precious environment? I hope those of you who voted Conservative in the last provincial election, and have those of you who have always supported the Lougheed,Klein and Stelmach Progressive Conservative Governments, can live with yourself, when environmental problems which the Progressive Party of Alberta have allowed to occur, begin to affect your health and the health of your loved ones in a a serious manner!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.