Where the Buffalo Roam

Where the Buffalo Roam

If you could hop into a time machine and go back 30 years, the Manitoba maples in my back yard would be a lot shorter than they are today, but the shape of the yard and the physical appearance of the house from the street would probably be pretty similar to what it is today.
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Pondering in Purgatory

Pondering in Purgatory

It happened so fast, releasing itself from the grip it held on my belt, falling helplessly into the water. It took about a millisecond to react, but no sooner had my BlackBerry hit the river I scooped it out and started shaking away the moisture. In the initial moments following the shock, the BB stayed
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Joy and Festivity

Joy and Festivity

There are moments from every special event that I’ve been involved with over the years that stick, memories that resonate long after the tents have been taken down, folded up and trucked off to the next celebration. At the 10th annual Summer Solstice Picnic in the Park the moments were many. Watching the young children
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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice Picnic in the Park at Keyano College has become a family favourite and a signal that summer is just days away. The event began 10 years ago as a public celebration of the launch of the fundraising campaign for the building of the Syncrude Technology Centre. It was such a roaring success
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The Mighty Brenda

The Mighty Brenda

In 2008, Keyano College hosted the annual Alberta-North Access Symposium-a two day conference for a group of educators who are called Community Access Point Coordinators and representatives from all levels at colleges in the north. Brenda Robinson from the Robcan Group was delivering one of the keynote sessions in the Doug Schmit Lecture Theatre while
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Our Summer Project

Our Summer Project

Our summer projects of the past have consisted of building things: flowers bed, raised gardens and most recently, a tree house; of reading lots of novels and of doing more things together as a family. The summer of 2010 will include elements and whispers of warm days past, and it will include a new challenge:
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Not another fish tale

Not another fish tale

It was a quiet Saturday morning on the spot where the Snye meets the Clearwater, a sandy point that is one of the natural gathering points along the water in Fort McMurray. By the end of a sunny day on the weekend, this spot will be overflowing with cars and trucks, people and their dogs,
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Birthdays in the time of Facebook

Birthdays in the time of Facebook

I was born in 1967, forty-three years ago today. My memories are pasted with images of backyard celebrations, of elaborate cakes filled with money wrapped in tin-foil, and the exhilaration of getting the bumps-the number getting larger each year. The photographs capture the change in styles, from the plaid pants of the mid-seventies to the
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Pace of Progress

Pace of Progress

I shut things down at 4 pm on Monday, packed up my computer bag and my cloth grocery bag filled with my workout gear, and darted outside into the cool, crisp air of a windy early June afternoon. As Heather had dropped me off in the morning, I decided a walk home would be great
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Killin’ the Virus

Killin’ the Virus

Once every couple of years, our home computer get riddled with viruses that claw and squirrel their way into the inner sanctum of our mega-city of files. How they got in nobody knows. Whether it was a wrong choice of website link or a dreaded fake email or Facebook message, the damage is done and
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