When a door closes…

When a door closes…

I really didn’t think I’d be writing this blog post. The results of yesterday’s election were unexpected, but illustrative of Fort McMurray’s desire for change.  Thankfully, I had mentally prepared for not winning, so I was somewhat able to process on the fly as the results started streaming in last night.  It was a little
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Facebook Down

Facebook Down

How would the world change if Facebook just stopped working?  As a subject for a parody movie, I think it would be excellent, and might teach us a lesson or two about how we have become addicted to this social media platform. We got a small taste of it this morning as posting and liking
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Election campaign nears the end

Election campaign nears the end

I can only speak from the perspective of one candidate, a first-term councillor seeking re-election.  In other words, I won’t presume to suggest what my fellow candidates have experienced these last four weeks, though I suspect you could write a book about the ups and downs, sleepless nights, and sign installation malfunctions. It has been
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Huskies Home

Huskies Home

My 46th birthday fell on the morning that the water burst the banks of the Hangingstone River, overtaking Lions Park on one side and Heritage Park on the other.  It continued rising in the wee hours of that morning, filling the field behind Composite High School and eventually covering the main floor of the Sport
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Community solution to engagement challenge

Community solution to engagement challenge

One of the most prominent themes in the 240+ questions that have been asked on The Talking Stick is the need for better community engagement.  While we have been having sessions throughout the entire last term of council, with the odd exception, they are sparsely attended despite lots of advertisements and public notices. DEFINITION OF
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Some of the thing I’ve learned after 3 years on Council

Some of the thing I’ve learned after 3 years on Council

I took this leap into public life three years ago to learn some things.  Getting elected (by the narrowest of margins in 2010) was my next step in a community leadership journey that included 15 years of being involved in the growth of interPLAY and the birth of Events Wood Buffalo, going through the Leadership
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10 reasons to vote for me

10 reasons to vote for me

I was chided today for spending too much time sharing information about my competitors in this election race and not enough time promoting myself.  First of all, in my own defence, I have maintained a personal practice of providing information about all campaigns and taking a largely collegial approach (though not exclusively), going all the
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Thanksgiving blessings

Thanksgiving blessings

It was our 11th wedding anniversary yesterday.  We enjoyed a lovely meal of bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with a cranberry drizzle, a good bottle of wine (thanks Gerry!) and a wonderfully romantic movie – The Bridges of Madison County. Cards were shared, filled with words of love and covered in hearts.  Ben also got into
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Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

I’ve declared it FRIENDLY FRIDAY, a day to put politics aside and remember that behind every candidate is a human being, somebody who had the courage of their convictions to put their name on a ballot willing to serve the great people of this region.  We may have different opinions, platforms, backgrounds, and reasons for
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Who should I vote for?

Who should I vote for?

The question “Who should I vote for?” is oft’ heard in these heady days as we near the end of this campaign? Aside from the websites, pamphlets, door-knockers, platform press and myriad other avenues to share ideas, opinions and personal insights, there is ONE SPOT where the voter can get almost anything they need in
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