Hello everyone, your resident Canadian here, bringing you a special bulletin from the Great White North. Leonardo DiCaprio is in our neck of the woods, “learning about the Canadian tar sands” at Lake Athabasca in Alberta.
Last week, David Beckham nominated DiCaprio to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Leo accepted. According to Us Weekly, DiCaprio donated $100,000 for ALS research along with completing the challenge.
Leo went a step further, though. Instead of simply raising money and awareness for the ALS cause, he called attention to the issue of the Canadian tar sands. It’s a thorny issue up here in Canada, stimulating our economy almost singlehandedly, but also causing untold problems for the environment, as well as the aboriginal peoples living in the region.
DiCaprio and three fellow #IceBucketChallenge participants took the opportunity to name key figures in Canadian oil. Dave Collyer president of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Mark Little of Suncor Canada and Shell CEO Ben van Burden.
Then, Leo himself bestowed a nomination upon our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. It remains to be seen whether Harper will accept the challenge. Here’s hoping he does, though. It’s a great cause. Plus, I really want to see what his helmet of hair looks like when wet. I hear it’s full of secrets.
Corey Atad is a staff writer for Pajiba. He lives in Toronto.