Environmental Achievement

Environmental Achievement

Sally-Ann King accepted the award on behalf of her students at the official ceremony held at MacDonald Island on January 20th. Had she known that an award was coming her way she may not have shown up. But the fact that the honour was also directed at the Transitional students, she acquiesced and graciously accepted
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Celebration

Celebration

The Wood Buffalo Artists Forum realized a dream last night with the opening of the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery. Featuring 55 local visual artists, CELEBRATION is the first of what will be many exhibitions dedicated to the talented men and women who practice their art in Wood Buffalo. Walking down the long corridor off
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The Nugget

The Nugget

I had been formulating my opening remarks to the gathered masses at the first annual Community Image Summit for several days. In my moments of solitude, in the bathtub, on the short commute to work, anywhere I could find a slice of privacy, I began to vocalize what I was going to say. My good
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Memories of War

Memories of War

I received an email today from my former morning show co-host from Q14 in Stettler, Mr. Dan Chabot. We had previously worked together on Vancouver Island. ANNIVERSARY NOTE… January 16th, 1991… It was indeed 20 years ago today.. that the Gulf War began in Iraq, as decreed by then US president George Bush Senior.. We
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I just wanted to come home

I just wanted to come home

My son Ben wakes up in the morning, wraps himself up in the soft green blanket that we had bought for the return trip from Vancouver on the VIA Canadian last summer, wanders into my study which is right beside his bedroom and gets his hug. The other morning seemed like all the others that
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The Point of Diminishing Returns

The Point of Diminishing Returns

There is a great episode in The West Wing when Josh Lyman, Deputy Chief of Staff for the White House, happens upon some particularly inflammatory comments about their governance performance in an online discussion. Against the better advice of his Executive Assistant, Donna Moss, he decides to step up to the plate and begins to
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In Praise of Memory

In Praise of Memory

I did a radio show for a number of years in the early 90’s with a news broadcaster named Dan Chabot. He had an encyclopedic memory of dates and trivia, maintaining a mammoth pile of news clippings and notations in an elaborate filing system back at his house. He was also a recovered alcoholic who
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Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

We had heard whispers and the odd shout about Six Feet Under, the HBO series that ran from 2001 to 2005, especially from Kenny and Erin who were vocal fans of the show. Then we got into a conversation about our favourite shows with Will and Gaylene who lit up as they told us about
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Somewhere Down the Lazy River

Somewhere Down the Lazy River

One moment we were in the middle of Thanksgiving weekend, Dylan in the hospital, me in the throws of the final stretch of the election campaign. The next moment, Dylan was ahead of me, floating somewhere down the lazy river at the Syncrude Aquatic Centre. As he laughed going round and round on the clear
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The Energy You Bring

The Energy You Bring

I was becoming increasingly agitated this morning, for no particular reason except that everything around me was agitating. Then I went to Walmart. Bad idea. Everyone seemed to me to be on a predetermined collision course, that if I moved down one aisle someone would emerge from out of nowhere and block my path. My
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