The Depression Suite references


"...I bury my head and try and shut Chicago out"

America's second city, Chicago has been home to gangsters, basketball royalty and Oprah Winfrey. Sorry Leafs fans, now that the Blackhawks have recently won the Stanley Cup, you're the longest suffering fans in the NHL.

"...and the Gulf of Mexico

Why not mention it again? This time it's a world in a single word, and it's neighbouring body of water is thrown in for good measure. The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water on the planet.

"...Go to be a man of the boom
To Florida without the ocean
...When Athabasca depends

The biggest boomtown in the Western world and the "second largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador" is Fort McMurray, Alberta.

During hearings of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources of the 39th Canadian Parliament in 2007/2008, witnesses described the size of Canada's Oil Sands in relative terms quite often. "...As big as the state of Florida" became the standard cliche.

"The Athabasca Oil Sands (also known colloquially as the Athabasca Tar Sands although there is no actual tar) are large deposits of bitumen, or extremely heavy crude oil, located in northeastern Alberta, Canada - roughly centered around the boomtown of Fort McMurray. These oil sands, hosted in the McMurray Formation, consist of a mixture of crude bitumen (a semi-solid form of crude oil), silica sand, clay minerals, and water. The Athabasca deposit is the largest reservoir of crude bitumen in the world and the largest of three major oil sands deposits in Alberta, along with the nearby Peace River and Cold Lake deposits. Together, these oil sand deposits lie under 141,000 square kilometres (54,000 sq mi) of sparsely populated boreal forest and muskeg (peat bogs) and contain about 1.7 trillion barrels (27010^9 m3) of bitumen in-place, comparable in magnitude to the world's total proven reserves of conventional petroleum."

"...lost in the barrens"

After a more subtle nod in 1994's "Scared," Farley Mowat returns. Mowat was the great grandnephew of Ontario Premier Oliver Mowat and the author of the very popular children's book "Lost in the Barrens." The book tells the story of two brothers lost in the Canadian north.

"Farley McGill Mowat OC, BA, D.Litt (born May 12, 1921 in Belleville, Ontario) is a conservationist and one of Canada's most widely-read authors.

Many of his most popular works have been memoirs of his childhood, his war service, and his work as a naturalist. His works have been translated into 52 languages and he has sold more than 14 million books."