Cold Lake soldiers working second jobs to make ends meet
Cost of living sky-high in oil-and-gas region in northeast Alberta
The Canadian Press
Posted: Jul 10, 2013
Junior members of the military at the air base in Cold Lake, Alta., have to take second jobs to make ends meet, says a new report from the military ombudsman.
The cost of living at Cold Lake has soared in recent years, driven by growth in the local oil-and-gas industry. (CBC)
Pierre Daigle investigated the sky-high cost of living in the resource-rich region of Alberta after complaints from people posted to 4 Wing, a major jet-fighter base.
"I was surprised," Daigle said in an interview Tuesday.
Some families are struggling to pay bills by selling off possessions, and go to great lengths to keep their children in extracurricular activities.
The mostly non-commissioned members aren't trying to get ahead — they need the extra income to survive, said Daigle.
"They are just trying to keep what they have, and what they have built up over their lifetimes," he said....
SO much wrong with this, but no, so not surprised. Read the rest of this here..