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Alberta premier gets air ticket for oilsands

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has one more reason to fly north to see firsthand the health impacts of the oilsands.

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has one more reason to fly north to see firsthand the health impacts of the oilsands.

University students lobbying to have the government deal with the health issue have presented Stelmach's aides with a $220 open-ended, round-trip air ticket to Fort Chipewyan.

Stelmach says he won't use the ticket, but promises he will head to Fort Chipewyan as soon as his schedule allows.

Residents of the largely aboriginal community have long complained that effluents from the oilsands harm their drinking water, make them ill, and cause cancer.

Earlier this fall, renowned ecologist David Schindler showed pictures of deformed, tumour-stricken fish being caught in the area.

Scientists for Alberta and the federal government are now conducting their own water tests.

 
 
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