The Current

Calgarians re-imagine lives amid Alberta's economic downturn

Today, Anna Maria comes to you from Alberta, tracking the ripple effects in a province pummeled by the price of a barrel of oil. We speak to people who have lost their jobs, uncertain of their future. Join us on a road trip through Calgary to hear their stories.
Former Ad Executive Nicole Pittman went from a boardroom to a corner in the grass by the trees, with a refrigerated cart on wheels selling popsicles. She's one of tens-of-thousands of Albertans who have lost their big jobs because of the oil downturn. (Elizabeth Hoath/CBC)
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We are in Alberta today, tracking the ripple effects in a province pummeled by the price of a barrel of oil.

More than 35,000 oil and gas sector jobs have been lost since the oil downturn.

There are stories behind the stats. People who have had to change their lives and vision for their future.

From the former executive now selling popsicles, to coffee shop owners, to the auctioneer run off his feet by demand for lower priced goods.

Join us on our road trip through Calgary to hear from Calgarians travelling toward uncertain times.

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      Anna Maria Tremonti tastes one of Nicolle Pittman's frozen treats in Calgary. Nicole Pittmann started Top Pop, a business making and selling popsicles, after she lost her job as an associate creative director of a multinational ad agency. 

      This segment was produced by The Current's Elizabeth Hoath and Calgary Network Producer, Michael O'Halloran.