Systems Think

Systems Think

We spent an amazing couple of days in Calgary talking about systems, collaboration, creative destruction and myriad topics related to making a stronger, more resilient social profit, or “For Purpose” sector (as opposed to “For Profit”).  We convened from all parts of the country representing organizations working in the areas of environment, hunger, employment, arts,
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The Bridge Across the River Snye

The Bridge Across the River Snye

So much of what we’re doing in City Centre comes down to one word: options.  I conducted an interview with Amanda, one of the young and talented planners working on the project for an upcoming story in Your McMurray Magazine, and she said that the thing she is most looking forward to is being able
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Leaders never quit

Leaders never quit

Heather coaxed me to bed early last night – 9:30 pm.  At my age, and for whatever reason, I begin waking up between 5 am – 6 am, no matter what time I make it to bed the evening before.  So, if I’m going to get extra sleep, the controlling variable is the time I
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20 days to E-Day

20 days to E-Day

The first week of the 4-week long election campaign was mostly about signs.  All the various teams scrambled about the region finding prime (hopefully legal) spots to put their images and messages.  Some were large, as large as the bylaw would allow, while others were smaller, adhering to the minimum area requirement.  Councillor Phil Meagher
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BOEING BOEING BUZZ

BOEING BOEING BUZZ

Curtis J. Phillips summed up his thoughts about Boeing Boeing, the first play in Keyano Theatre Company’s TELUS 4-Play Drama Series, in one word: Wow!  Concurrent with that conclusion, I was seeing random comments on social media that suggested that we were going to be in for a fun ride.  What we experienced last night,
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Lessons in gratitude

Lessons in gratitude

Over my career and life, I have had moments when people had expressed written appreciation for something I had done.  I have kept all of those little hand-scribed notes, cards, memos and letters.  They are buried in several memory boxes that are tucked away under my desk and in various spots on dark shelves in
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In praise of Mr. Sexsmith

In praise of Mr. Sexsmith

There is a scene near the end of the movie Unfinished Song, when curmudgeonly Arthur, played by Terence Stamp, sings a song called “Lullaby” in front of a captivated theatre full of people.  From the deep recesses of his heart through his voice, we get swept away with by his intense, authentic and immersive love
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Signs of the times

Signs of the times

I was really dreading dealing with the signs that come along with a municipal election campaign. Part of my reticence might have been from ignorance as I wasn’t around in 2010 when they were installed.  I had a hearty team of three – Mike, Kelly and Chad – who got them all up while I
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Prisoners running the asylum

Prisoners running the asylum

Guy Boutilier has announced that he will re-enter the world of municipal politics, running for council in Ward One in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.  Unfortunately, the words he chose to use to hurl this unexpected political bomb into the campaign that officially starts today were like a 12-gun salute as to what we
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Election preparations

Election preparations

There is a lot to be said for following your instincts.  Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day, sunny and warm, with only a few wisps of clouds in the sky.  It was perfect for the RCMP’s Freedom of the City parade, a tradition that goes back over three centuries whereby the detachment asks
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