Or go and get a real job that pays a living wage?”
“I’ve been thinking about getting a teaching qualification. Art and creativity and all those things. It’d be nice to learn what makes people tick.”
I love the fact that he doesn’t talk a lot about money – at least not yet. The same can’t be said for other members of the community: a woman in her 70s who runs a social media site called Bebe and a man who runs a “boutique” that provides work from freelance artists.
It’s not easy being both. But I know what it feels like.
All photographs by Andrew Cowie
In one of the first documented cases of a man losing a kidney to a snakebite on Canadian soil, a 61-year-old man who had eaten at a restaurant in Fort McMurray, Alta., two weeks earlier fell victim to an attack by a black widow.
A week later, a man was found dead in Fort McMurray after apparently attempting suicide.
Last week the body of a woman in the same neighbourhood, who had been murdered in 2006, was also discovered in a wooded area south of Lake Louise, also at the height of the black widow’s activity.
The deaths have sent shockwaves through the community of approximately 40,000 in the northern Alberta town of 12,000, where a handful of fires burn more than 1,000 hectares in roughly 12 square kilometres.
The first victim to come to public attention was a 58-year-old man, who had been dining at a restaurant with his wife this week. He allegedly attempted suicide by jumping off a bridge, then became trapped under a vehicle, which was then found abandoned the next morning.
After the man was reported missing, his wife, who has been living with her two children in a tent on their ranch outside of town, also went missing. Police went to the property, where they found her two children still inside the tent and her husband still there.
After the two were found by their father, the father called police, who said he was worried his wife had fallen into the lake due to the number of fish that the snakes appeared to have eaten.
The police found the woman’s body in the bush south of the town, along with her husband’s body at another location in the rural area, while the man’s body was found in a bush nearby near a river.
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