Dare2Dream

Dare2Dream

Four athletes in Wood Buffalo seized upon a dream to make the impossible possible, to run the legendary Fort Chipewyan winter road in the deep dark days of winter, a punishing distance of 280 kilometres over pitched hills, around blind curves, across frozen rivers and over the wide expanse of the delta of Lake Athabasca.
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Remembering Jenny

Remembering Jenny

Jenny Flett left us early this morning. She was 101 years of age, and lived her final years as a resident of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. About one year ago she spoke to a captive audience at Keyano College as part of Aboriginal Awareness Day, just months after receiving an honorary Nursing Diploma
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Gin Soaked Feline

Gin Soaked Feline

My wife was laughing at me tonight as I wrote my bi-weekly Wood Buffalo Update, describing winter as fading away, like a gin soaked feline. The image of a confused, frightened cat slinking away came into my head as I pictured this bizarre season. Here we are in the first week of March with temperatures
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Where Were You When?

Where Were You When?

Years from now you may get asked “Where were you when Canada beat the USA in overtime at the Vancouver Olympics?” It was a watershed moment for Canadian sport as the victory allowed us to break the record for most gold medals won by any nation at a Winter Olympics. The fact that it was
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Facing the Music

Facing the Music

When you step into a play, at some point in the process you have to put it in front of an audience, you have to face the music and the fear. And while Lone Star (2008) and The Zoo Story (2009) were challenging pieces of theatre, A Number (2010) eclipses both in terms of character
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Openings and Silver Medals

Openings and Silver Medals

I had been following Cheryl Bernard’s rink throughout the Olympics, often catching their midday matches while running on the treadmill at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre. Running and curling go well together, unlike running and downhill skiing which made me queasy. As the Canadian foursome progressed in the Olympic tournament, I found myself going
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Stage Fog

Stage Fog

As a play production gets nearer and nearer to facing an audience, more and more elements get added to the mix–costumes, props, furniture, lights and sound. Tonight was the first time that all those pieces merged, tossing Kenny and I into “stage fog”. It was like all the mental connections that we had made practicing
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Canada vs. Russia

Canada vs. Russia

They thought it would have been the gold medal game of these Olympics. Instead, it ended up being the tension filled quarter final match up featuring the age-old rivalry of Canada versus Russia. These two great hockey nations have clashed on many memorable occasions over the past 30 years beginning with the 72 Summit that
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Why Do We Play?

Why Do We Play?

There comes a point in every rehearsal process, when all of the lines are learned and the real playing begins. Kenny Jones and I have reached that point in A Number, the play that opens on Friday night as part of the Syncrude WinterPLAY Festival. For the next two evenings of rehearsals we will both
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The Stress Test

The Stress Test

Today felt heavy, like the weight of the world was pressing down all around me. It was one of a rare few days when I wished I could shut myself off from the world, to spend time catching up, reflecting, regrouping. Everyone has their own particular set of stress indicators. For me, an overwhelming fatigue
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