Iceis Rain (a.k.a. Massey Whiteknife) is an interesting person. He is a cross-dressing Karoke singer by night and a safety supply business person by day.
He sure does not fit the dominant overpaid – high testosterone – high risk tolerance stereotype of the conventional misguided myths of Fort McMurray working culture.
If you get a chance to see the documentary Oil Sands Karaoke, jump at it. You will get his story and other interesting human narratives. there are insights in what brings people to work in the oil sands. You will see a some talented way they play there too.
If you are in McMurray after Feb 14 be sure to pick up tickets to the local theatre production of Les Mis. This is the most ambitious and challenging Keyano Theatre production yet. It promises to be magnificent, and again, myth dispelling of “Fort McMoney.”
The oil sands industry is complicated, the environmental implications are complex. The social realities of moving from a boom town to an inclusive diverse and dynamic home town are both.
The success and acceptance of social, cultural, and other, differences is one of the major means to move the concept of responsible and sustainable oil sands development forward. It has to include a community spirit aspect too. This social aspect of oil sands development is not yet happening in the government, industry, or even with the supply chain providers. It will come, in fact it must happen if we are to optimize the triple-bottom-line potential and aspiration of the Alberta oil sands.