I was in Humboldt to do a NineShift keynote and sessions for seven regional provincial colleges, hosted by Rosalie Ronellenfitsch and Rob Barber of Carlton Trail Regional College. The conference is held in a wonderful recreation building with a hockey rink, swimming pool and water park, and curling rink. My first tour of a curling rink. Photo: Rob and Rosalie
They say that they are behind. I hear this everywhere I go. And if you look around, you could agree. But then everyone in Canada (just about) has high speed Internet access. Canada is like third in the world. And, right next to the recreation center is a freight railroad line. We get on line, figure out Humboldt is on a straight line between Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton in Alberta, and all of a sudden, Humboldt does not look so far behind. That train line, if enhanced to handle passenger trains, would turn Humboldt from 5,000 people to 30,000 people. Funny thing is, 100 years ago they built a huge courthouse in anticipation of 30,0000 population. That courthouse might just come in handy.