VIGILANTE, a cautionary tale…

VIGILANTE, a cautionary tale…

Catalyst Theatre is back in Fort McMurray to unveil their latest work in progress: Vigilante.  Conceived by Jonathan Christenson, this musical builds on a body of work that includes Frankenstein, Nevermore and Hunchback.  It takes a dark page from the Canadian history books, overlays the Catalyst style and form, and results in another theatrical experience
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The future belongs…

The future belongs…

I walk by it every day, filled with little slips of paper held up by magnets; drawings, photos and myriad other things blend into each other over time.  For some reason, this message jumped out at me this morning; I had not noticed it previously. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty
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LWB Group hopes to close a gap

LWB Group hopes to close a gap

The 2013-2014 Leadership Wood Buffalo cohort is diving into a variety of action learning projects.  Back when I participated in the program in its inaugural year, these case study projects were largely looking back on community initiatives, challenges and successes that had already happened.  Over the years, this component of the program has evolved several
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A sucker for talent

A sucker for talent

I’m one of these guys who can sit at my computer and spend an hour or two watching YouTube videos of first auditions from shows like American (and Canadian) Idol, America’s Got Talent and the like.  But, my favourite talent show, by far, is Britain’s Got Talent.  There is something about the people, the complement
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Intently listening and painting

Intently listening and painting

When the Saskatchewan Roughriders went through their dark period – season after dismal season of losing records and no glimpse of the playoffs, back when I was a kid – we would still faithfully gather around the transistor radio on the picnic table and listen to the games from start to finish.  In those days,
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Young Choreographer Ball 2013

Young Choreographer Ball 2013

This was the third year that I had the privilege to emcee the Young Choreographer Ball, an annual event to challenge and showcase young choreographers.  In 2011, I recognized some of the names, mostly from previous dance contests that had occurred at various festivals.  Last year, both names and faces became much more familiar, as
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In praise of Nolan Haukeness

In praise of Nolan Haukeness

Not taking anything away from the amazing people who performed at last night’s fundraising concert at Timberlea Public School, I feel inspired to say a few words about Nolan Haukeness. Before I do that though, I have to express my appreciation and admiration or the work of Karla Power, who produced a stellar event with
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The strategic roadmap

The strategic roadmap

I was invited to a session yesterday on the development of a strategic road map for our community and region, a pathway that will eventually lead to us being a global model for sustainable living in the north. Before we get to the summit we need to plant our flag on two other peaks first:
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What the meme?

What the meme?

A meme (meme: an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means) emerged on Facebook over the last few weeks.  People began listing little known facts about themselves.  The organic “rule” that developed was that if someone likes your post you were supposed
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I still believe…

I still believe…

One of the emergent stories from the council budget information sessions that occurred over the weekend was the number of pressing questions that were asked about the pedestrian walking bridge project.  In fact, aside from the head-turning story this morning about one councillor’s request for a revisit of the plastic bag ban bylaw, it’s been
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