Edmonton is one of the largest northern urban centers in the world. Located in Canada, Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. The city has a strong history as a trade center, and it served as the last major stop for the Klondikers during the Gold Rush. This is why we Edmontonions call our city "The Gateway to the North"

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sad Day

This story broke the day I started the series on the Bay building, and I have been siting on it longer than I wanted to. This poor toddler was the innocent victim of Alberta's growth. As the province has boomed so has the drug trade. A huge transient workforce with no family attachment, nor support system, has fueled gang activity in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to levels that has never been seen. Add to this the fact that, like most of our consumer goods, most of Canada's Contraband comes through Western ports. This makes Edmonton a prime distribution hub. Magnifying the whole situation is pop culture's trend to glorify gang culture. I am happy to report the toddler survived the ordeal, but will forever live with a bullet between her liver and spleen. A interview with the Toddler's mother reviled the victim's first words when she awoke. They were "Mommy OWE" I hope this story remains visible for a long time, as it has started a dialog in many communities. The incident did not actually happen in Edmonton but on a First Nation's Reserve called Hobbema, which has always had some sort of social problem as the young people on this reserve receive a large sum of money when they turn 18. This money exists because the reserve has or had a healthy oil revenue.


babooshka said...

This has to be the most striking, thought provoking image of the day.
It is a sad indictment of our times, but it seems gun culture is here to stay.I have moved from the UK to an island, and so far it's like step back in time, and I hope it stays that way. Your image and written article were uncomfortable to view and read, but you absolutely did the right thing to publish both, atrue reflection of a daily city photo.

Loïc BROHARD said...

Great photo. I am glad I found this blog via Paris Daily Photo. Fine blog (I still have to create a blog roll on mine !) Loic
http://www.photo.net/photos/Loic Brohard

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