The “stuff”

The “stuff”

I was reminded yesterday of how much stuff accumulates as the serenity of summer is replaced by the freneticism of autumn.  The “stuff” I’m talking about is inside, the stuff we hide and do our best to ignore, the nasty little creatures we call stress, anxiety, worry, frustration, and exhaustion.  I was having one of
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Social profits are the backbone – a platform and a practice

Social profits are the backbone – a platform and a practice

Election platforms are usually ripe with ideas, initiatives and, at times, platitudes that speak to the burning issues of the day.  We may see candidates emerge that decide to plant their flag on one specific agenda item.  We’ve already seen others tackle systems-wide things like zero-base budgeting and access to more birthing options.  Platforms are
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We’ve got men!

We’ve got men!

This weekend, Keyano Theatre Company (KTC) hosted the second and final series of recruitment activities for their upcoming production of Les Misérables.  It began with an information session held in the Recital Theatre on Friday night with director Claude Giroux and music director Susan Lexa, with support from the assistant  to the music director Dianne Pare
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Les Mis WOW Factor

Les Mis WOW Factor

“I’ve been waking up every morning with a song from Les Mis going through my head,” I said to Ben the other morning. “What song was it this morning?” he asked. “It was ‘One More Day’ I think.” He smiled. “It is one more day.” “What do you mean?” I asked. “One more day to
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Traffic tipping point

Traffic tipping point

We are a city and region going through extraordinary growth pressures.  We have been living in a construction zone for so long that it would feel abnormal if we didn’t see pylons and construction workers around every corner.  I get a small taste of it in the afternoon, as downtown traffic attempts to get on
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Letting in the Elephant

Letting in the Elephant

One of the great unknowns for me, accepting the interim executive director position with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, was what effect, if any, it would have on my long-term ability to stay on regional council.  As I am on a secondment from Keyano College until May 31, 2014, I knew that I was safe initially.
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Thomas to stand for re-election

Thomas to stand for re-election

It is with great excitement that I formally announce my intention to stand for re-election as a Councillor in Ward 1 of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. It has been an honour to serve with this “dream team” of dedicated community champions.  Their work ethic, professionalism and intention to work together to create a
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Last Council meeting eve

Last Council meeting eve

Tomorrow will mark the last council meeting of this current mayor and 10 councillors before the municipal election on October 21st.  It’s hard to believe that it has been three years.  It seems like just yesterday that all the candidates gathered on the side of the hill along Highway 63 and worked together to spell
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Correlation’s creative space

Correlation’s creative space

I had heard about Correlation Studios a couple of times before, but it was a recent mention by Jacquie that inspired me to reach out and request a tour.  I sent Jami Garay an email and got a lovely reply back within hours about several things they are doing in the coming weeks and an
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OMG Arlene Dickinson is amazing

OMG Arlene Dickinson is amazing

I had discovered OMG’s on a road trip in 2012.  I was getting fatigued and needed a pick-me-up.  I dipped into my bag and picked out one chocolatey cluster at a time, and I remember thinking to myself Oh my God these are amazing!, then looking down at the bag and processing the fact that
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