Just Bruno

Just Bruno

In the days long before personal computers, cell phones, digital cameras and instant capturing and sharing of data, photographs and other bits and bites of information, I was a young kid growing up in a small town called Kamsack in east-central Saskatchewan, just a short distance from the Manitoba border. Our town’s homeless guy was
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Alberta Culture Days is here

Alberta Culture Days is here

Former Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk was a great proponent of Alberta Culture Days, so was Lindsey Blackett before her, as I’m sure is current Minister of Culture and Tourism Maureen Kubinec.  The idea is to make diverse and plentiful artistic and cultural experiences accessible to Albertans over three days in September. I like the
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Paint your portrait?

Paint your portrait?

I wanted to contribute something to the United Way Radio Auction for a number of reasons, most importantly, to give to a fundraising campaign that helps so many people in our region.   So, I decide to offer a custom portrait package. How many people have had their portrait painted?  In this day and age,
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Best of intentions

Best of intentions

The KPMG audit, which became the talk of the town (and much of the province) yesterday, exposed a core truth to the many rumours, accusations, aspersions and incendiary suggestions that were lobbed about during the municipal election campaign of one year ago: while there was no wrongful intent, systems, processes and procedures needed to get
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Leaders meeting leaders

Leaders meeting leaders

The Leadership Wood Buffalo alumni committee did a really good thing yesterday.  They brought a variety of alums together with a robust and excited group of leaders about to begin their 8-month learning journey.  In fact, they’ll be piling into their cars this morning and heading out to Christina Lake Lodge near Conklin for their
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House concert virgin no more

House concert virgin no more

Matt Landry had been trying to get me out to one of his house concerts for a long time.  He finally succeeded last night as Heather and I went up to his home for a lovely evening of music with Louisiana based fiddle player, singer and storyteller David Greely. Being a total house concert virgin,
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Ideal Protein final update

Ideal Protein final update

Earlier this summer, I watched a short video that my friend Sean had take of me.  Seeing myself being a little more bouncy than I would like, I decided to return to the Ideal Protein program the following day.  I got on the Phase 1 track and immediately began shedding pounds and feeling healthier. Several
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Floyd’s story

Floyd’s story

One of the stars of the United Way of Fort McMurray Seeing is Believing videos is Floyd Perrier. Floyd, like many other individuals who have come to Wood Buffalo in search of employment, found himself unable to land a job, out of money and residing in the shelter at The Salvation Army. When health issues
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The allure of the Oilsands Banquet

The allure of the Oilsands Banquet

The mural I did of Elsie Yanik was inspired by a moment of prayer and reverence at the Oilsands Banquet in 2011, a photo captured by event photographer Joey Podlubny. I’ve heard amazing speeches by iconic industry and community leaders like Eric Newell, Steve Williams, Shawn Atleo and Jim Carter at the Oilsands Banquet.  And
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It just makes life sweeter

It just makes life sweeter

Every year, Heather and I renew our subscription tickets for Keyano Theatre Company’s 4-Play Drama Series.  We do so for a whole series of reasons, not the least of which is that it provides us four lovely evenings out and we get to see our friends perform on stage. Yesterday I enjoyed a coffee with
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