The good ole hockey game

The good ole hockey game

Hockey. Is there anything more Canadian? Some might say maple syrup, or poutine, but on average most would say that there is nothing more Canadian than the game of hockey. Tomorrow morning we go on sale for the BIGGEST hockey game in Fort McMurray history. In fact, it will be the first junior hockey game
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The race to the finish

The race to the finish

We are in the final days of an election campaign that officially began the day we went down to Edmonton for Dylan’s surgery, but truly began months before that in one form or another. You may wonder what a candidate goes through as the day gets closer that will determine his or her fate. Excitement
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The V-O-T-E Project

The V-O-T-E Project

The idea popped into my head on Friday. By Saturday afternoon I had thrown it by Don Scott, Mayor Melissa Blake and several others. On Saturday night I tossed it by a few more candidates. By Sunday morning the invitation was sent out and on Monday at noon we began the V-O-T-E Project. Side by
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Tears fall, heart fills

Tears fall, heart fills

I had no warning that I would break down and cry in front of church full of people this morning, no glimmer of possibility, no indication that a whole bunch of emotions had piled up. The McMurray Gospel Assembly had invited all the candidates to attend one of three services this weekend to introduce ourselves
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Campaign Blur

Campaign Blur

Heather said to me, “I hope it isn’t like this when you win.” Every night this week I’ve had to dash off to committee meetings, campaign events or celebrations. It’s absolutely clear that in a dynamic community like Wood Buffalo you could be out doing things every day of the week. But, I’m going to
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The Poke and the Pitch

The Poke and the Pitch

After Woody Guthrie died, Bob Dylan was asked to submit a piece for a book that was coming out. “Something about Woody,” Bob said. “Sort of like: what does Woody Guthrie mean to you in 25 words.” He wrote out 5 pages and it became a spoken word piece called “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie“.
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Leadership Wood Buffalo Retreat

Leadership Wood Buffalo Retreat

Leadership Wood Buffalo alum, Jody and I drove Highway 881 to Christina Lake Lodge in Conklin yesterday for the opening retreat of this community leadership program. Jody was in the third cohort, along with Karen who joined us there and Annette, who was in the first cohort with me. This is an annual tradition with
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Polling and Website Visits

Polling and Website Visits

I’ve learned a lot about driving traffic to my website in recent weeks. Using very basic web analytics, I can clearly see what attracts attention (visits) and what does not. Last night, I peaked in terms of daily traffic when I posted a very unscientific and anonymous poll asking “Who are you most likely to
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Under the Lights, In front of the Camera

Under the Lights, In front of the Camera

The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce came up with the brilliant idea of getting all the candidates in front of the video camera to answer a series of questions. The results would be graded and published in the Connect newspaper, and available online via YouTube. Executive Director Diane Slater shared the vision with me months
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Dylan Surgery Adventures, 2010, Part 4

Dylan Surgery Adventures, 2010, Part 4

The 90 year old couple in the elevator loved the suppository story this morning. They had a nice laugh, a rare treat for a ride in the usually quiet and impersonal elevator. I was feeling a little out of place today, not having to take over at Dylan’s bedside. His mom insisted on staying with
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