Cost of Living·EPISODE 21

Elite hockey: just for the rich? And Megxit as money-maker for Canada

Canada could be an economic winner as Harry and Meghan leave some royal duties behind, plus a look at just who can afford to play hockey today. And how did parts of this country end up with the financial liability of abandoned oil and gas wells?

Plus the financial and environmental liabilities of abandoned natural resource wells

Abandoned oil and gas wells as potential albatross, hockey as a game for the rich, and Harry and Meghan boost Canada - The Cost of Living for January 24, 2020. (Kyle Bakx/CBC, Shutterstock, Steve Parsons/AP)
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Abandoned oil and gas wells — ones that sit idle, or are abandoned completely — are a problem across many parts of Western Canada. For years, they've been a known environmental and economic liability.

But in Alberta, the problem may be worse than anyone thought.

A CBC News investigation pulled more details out of the ground. Click here to listen as reporter Kyle Bakx walks us through what he found out through travelling to both rural Alberta and North Dakota.


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Also on the show — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's move to leave many royal duties behind for at least a part-time life in Canada has been making waves on both sides of the pond. The Sussex's potential relocation to Vancouver Island has boosted the image of British Columbia immensely, and provided good PR that no tourism campaign could ever buy.

Listen here to our take on "The Markle Effect."


Plus a look at the cost of elite hockey. Canada's game costs a lot of money for any youngster that wants to give it a (slap) shot. But to make it to the professional level, it can be more expensive than ever to pay for practice and coaching. 

Hear our discussion with CBC producer James Dunne on who can afford to play, and what that means for our relationship with hockey.


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