Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

It is +6 this morning.  I think it is the first time waking up this year to a temperature on the plus side of zero.  Perhaps Heather’s observation last night that our barometer was showing super-high pressure might have been a clue that we were in for some delightfully warm weather today. This has been a
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Walk beside the river Snye

Walk beside the river Snye

It was strange that on the day that Ben and I took our first walk along the Snye this year, a picture started popping up on social media: a new rendering of what the district could look like in 5 to 10 years. In many ways, I am surprised at how things have changed down
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Fort McMurray International Film Festival

Fort McMurray International Film Festival

On the day that the Fort McMurray International Airport logo started being shared on social media, we also saw the launch of the Fort McMurray International Film Festival.  It might be hard to believe for old-timers from this community who have since moved away, that this place has morphed into both an international destination and
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Sins of the father

Sins of the father

Justin Trudeau rolled through town yesterday, in support of the by-election run for local Liberal candidate Kyle Harrietha. Party organizers, many of whom are good friends of mine, organized a well-attended and well-executed meet ‘n’ greet which included an effective stump speech by the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.  In fact, Krista Balsom
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Urban Market heads into second year

Urban Market heads into second year

There are certain people who come into my life and inject energy, ideas and a sense of possibility.  Andrew Moyer is one of those.  I first met him during Nexus North Week when we did a deep dive into the Culture framework. At the end of the workshop, he slipped me some random notes about
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Westwood one acts

Westwood one acts

Hot on the heels of the successful Regional One Act Play Festival, Westwood students are putting the finishing flourishes on four plays that will travel down to Edmonton for the regional festival April 25th and 26th.  They will get to test run their shows for local audiences April 9, 10, 11 at 7 pm at
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The Leadership Challenge

The Leadership Challenge

I’ve been thinking about leadership in the last week, pondering deeply about what the average Joe citizen can do to affect positive change.  Do we have to leave everything up to the policy makers and the power brokers, or can we exert influence as regular people? These ponderances have led me back to the leadership
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One Acts in McMurray

One Acts in McMurray

“What a wonderful night of theatre in Fort McMurray,” said adjudicator Douglas MacArthur, who traveled to our northern community, all the way from Lethbridge, to offer his insights and expertise on the plays being presented at the Regional One Act Play Festival.  I completely agree with his assessment.  I was delighted with both the content
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Scope and Scale

Scope and Scale

“Everyone who is excited about the Games, please put up your hand,” asked one of the directors of the host committee during the Bronze I meeting earlier today.  “I count about 100 hands.  We will need about 2,900 more sets of hands by the time we get these games off the ground.” It was telling
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Top 5 stupid things I have done

Top 5 stupid things I have done

We had quite a conversation around the dinner table about my “stupid things I have done” file.  There is no actual file, but there is a growing list of bad choices, moments of mental malfeasance, and brain flatulence that my wife and sons found quite amusing to review tonight. I have no issues sharing some
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