DanceXplosion

DanceXplosion

The idea for the Shell DanceXplosion came to us in the early stages of planning the first SummersEnd, a new festival to put the wraps on Wood Buffalo’s warm season and welcome fall. We were looking for the right programming element to put on the main stage during the day, struggling to find something that
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Bananas Day

Bananas Day

It had been a long day, one that I described as bananas to a number of people. I had left the house early in the morning, not even seeing the boys, and returned in the evening after a two-hour meeting that went for three-and-a-half hours, just after they had gone to bed. In between those
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The Heart Project

The Heart Project

I’ve had this project in my head for awhile, ever since I first saw the mural painted on the spot where a window used to be at the Centre of Hope, a place of refuge for our homeless population in downtown Fort McMurray. The mural is a collage of hand-painted images that forms a heart.
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Back to School

Back to School

Our boys, along with thousands of school age children and several thousand college students, head back to school today. And while Dylan and Ben wrinkle their noses and complain, deep down, I know they’re excited to return to class. Dylan even went so far as to lay out his clothes last night, to be sure
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Swat Team Takedown

Swat Team Takedown

I was reading my latest copy of Vanity Fair, feet up on the coffee table, enjoying a lovely cool late summer breeze, when I noticed a police car parked out in front of Armit. A minivan was parked on an angle blocking the entrance to the crescent on the opposite side, so I was pretty
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50/50 chance

50/50 chance

There is absolutely no question that I have a 50/50 chance in this fall’s Municipal election-I’ll either win or lose. Those wonderful people who come up and say nice things about me and suggest “you’re absolutely going to win” are balanced off by the inescapable fact that “anything can happen in an election” and it
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Dear Erdem (3)

Dear Erdem (3)

Dear Erdem, Late summer rain is falling heavy this morning in Fort McMurray. As it’s a work day, I quite like it. The sound is soothing and the moisture is always nice. How are things in Playa del Carmen? Believe it or not, we can already feel autumn in the air, especially on those mornings
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Rush to Fall

Rush to Fall

We have experienced an overwhelming need to organize in recent weeks. The looming arrival of autumn is the culprit-I’m convinced. The beginning of the school year provides a demarcation line of sorts, a continental divide between sublime summer and frenetic fall. Soon, we will be awash with commitments, time lines, homework and an onslaught of
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Email Management

Email Management

Every four or five weeks I get an automated message telling me that I have exceeded the storage capacity on my work email account. So, I quickly go into my trash folder and push the terminate button. Then, it’s into the sent folder, select all and delete. Normally, this puts me back into a safe
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Strong Slate

Strong Slate

As the names appear on the municipal election radar, it is clear that some great candidates are coming forward. It’s been fun meeting and talking with “the competition” and discovering their mutual love for our community and enormous optimism for the future. Donald Scott is a lawyer in town with a young family, a past
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