Life in the Fish Bowl

Life in the Fish Bowl

A group of foundation executive directors visited Fort McMurray at some point last year. They came from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver-the big cities-on a fact-finding excursion to Fort McMurray. And while many of us were convinced that they had embedded negative associations with Fort McMurray and the oil sands, the fact is that they
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The Return of the Bulge

The Return of the Bulge

I started the Middle Age Bulge journey during last year’s Christmas holidays, when the scale was popping in the 210 pound territory. I was shocked, dismayed, distended. After a summer of traveling, eating and drinking, the scale is starting to move in the wrong direction. True, I had a very heavy meal last night and
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From Franklin to King

From Franklin to King

We knew our days on Franklin Avenue were numbered several months ago. In fact, there was a fear that our plans for this summer’s event were in jeopardy. Thankfully, the construction schedule allowed us to execute our 20th anniversary of interPLAY on the spot that has been its home since 1990. At a press conference
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Web Builder

Web Builder

This past weekend, during the 20th anniversary edition of the interPLAY Festival, I found myself not knowing the answers to questions, for the first time in 15 years. I discovered that ignorance is bliss. Simply not knowing freed me from the inherent stress of being the person most likely to have the answer. I loved
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The Front Page

The Front Page

It must have been a slow news day. The story about my election intentions landed on the front page of the Fort McMurray Today, top of the fold. I like the picture they used. It was taken about two months after I started my Middle Age Bulge journey and captured a real moment in the
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The Race Is On

The Race Is On

I’ve known that running for Council was in the cards since May: posters and pamphlets had been designed, campaign material written, and many conversations had. But it didn’t feel completely real until I pressed SEND with my formal media announcement yesterday. I wrote the message, read it over-once, twice, three times-then closed my eyes, sucked
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Ben the Busker

Ben the Busker

Our son Ben is an idea man, like his father. He gets something into his head and he relentlessly pokes and prods until we provide the tools he needs to make the idea come to life. After having watched Mr. Bean’s Holiday and the scene where Bean busks for change lipsynching an aria, and in
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The Festival Ticks

The Festival Ticks

On Saturday nights at interPLAY, when everything comes together, when the storm clouds pass and the stars shine, the beauty and import of the event come into clear focus. “Take in this view,” I said, “through the lens of 72 hours from now. That’s what makes this special.” There is the middle of Franklin Avenue
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interPLAY 20

interPLAY 20

The festival began 21 years ago, in the summer of 1990. As interPLAY didn’t happen in 1995, this summer marks the official 20th anniversary of the celebration of the visual and performing arts-I have been involved for 15 of those 20 years. The set-up crew shut Franklin Avenue down at noon on Thursday and the
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The Law of Love and Attention

The Law of Love and Attention

Nature is relentless, it plows forward ignoring the passing of time and changing circumstance. With a single season of neglect, a yard begins to be overtaken by noxious weeds, unwelcome tree seedlings and overwhelming growth. After a couple of years, cracks in the sidewalks get bigger and over time, pulverize the helpless concrete. I’d like
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