Do you remember that powerful scene in Laurence of Arabia where they are humping it over a huge desert and one of the guys gets left behind. The locals say “it is written” and are okay with him being left to die. Laurence yells “nothing is written” and gallops off on his camel to save the guy – which he does.
I just got off the telephone with a guy (I don’t think he reads this blog) who depressed me with his talk of inevitability. It’s inevitable that Northern NB will decline. It is inevitable that large urban areas such as Toronto will will always draw away New Brunswick’s young people. They are drawn to the large urban areas where all the fun is.
I don’t like the word inevitable. I think we should strike it from our lexicon. Nothing is written, folks.
Number of people living in Toronto in 2006 that were living in Moncton in 2001: 445.
Number of people in Moncton in 2006 that were living in Toronto in 2001: 675.
In case you can’t process that number it means that more people moved to Moncton from Toronto (2001 to 2006) than moved to Toronto from Moncton. Despite that inevitable draw of urbanity.
Nothing is written.
Don’t believe me? Take a look.