Recently I visited Edmonton for the 100 year anniversary of PPCLI. I served 41/2 years with the Elite. It was great seeing old friends again and catching up. PPCLI has been to all the hot spots since I got out: Kosovo, Afganastan, Haiti, and Ukrane
Also, while I was in Edmonton, I noticed that the area is expanding, their cost of living is higher but there is less tax. The airport is to the South of the city, about 10 to 15 km, so I had a chance to notice the area around the city as I drove in. The surrounding area of farmland is now becoming suburbs and overpasses - I can see just from the drive some of the effects of the harvesting of the resource of oil in Fort McMurray.