Shifting Sands - How Alberta's oil boom has changed Canada forever

    TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - On Saturday, January 26, The Globe and Mail
launches Shifting Sands, a special series that examines how Alberta's oil boom
has forever transformed Canada - politically, economically and socially - in
less than a decade.
    The six part series will run daily from January 26 to February 2 in the
front, Focus and Report on Business sections of The Globe and Mail, while
detailed, interactive content will be found at
    "Shrinking global supplies and increases in crude prices have now made it
economically viable to get to the vast reserves that Canada holds," said
veteran Globe and Mail business writer and columnist Derek DeCloet. "This
development is transforming the economy, but most Canadians are not aware of
its far reaching implications on many other aspects of life and society."
    The series opens Saturday with stunning exclusive aerial shots of the oil
sands taken by world-renowned Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky. These
amazing shots are coupled with a revealing examination of how the oil sands
have made Canada a global oil powerhouse and are causing Canadians
coast-to-coast to rethink their views of each other, the environment, and the
country's role on the international scene. The findings of an extensive poll
examining Alberta's and the rest of Canada's attitudes about the oil sands
will also be released.
    Over the course of a week, a seasoned team of reporters - who travelled
across Canada, to Texas, and as far away as Norway to report on the story -
will look at the social, political, environmental and technological aspects of
the oil sands mega-project, including:

    -  Canada's status as an energy superpower - even though it doesn't act
       like one;
    -  the opportunities and challenges Alberta faces;
    -  the environmental costs of mining an area the size of Florida;
    -  how the oil sands could save the world with a practical CO2 emissions
       solution that could massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, is a division of
CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multi-media company, which also owns CTV Inc.,
Canada's number-one private broadcaster.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with Derek DeCloet,
please contact: Teresa Pagnutti at (416) 969-2721,;
or Nancy Evans at (416) 969-2704,

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