Oil sands scope and scale

Oil sands scope and scale

I’ve always known that the Athabasca oil sands development was incredibly large.  To have a group of very smart people from the Nexus North initiative, dub it “the largest industrial project in the history of humanity” sends a pretty strong message about its scope and scale. To be clear, I’ve been driving through the heart
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The Passion Test

The Passion Test

Kelly Kloss, former CAO of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, now in a similar role with the City of Fort Saskatchewan, once waxed eloquent on the virtues of SUCCESS magazine.  I’m so glad that he did because I eventually picked up a copy when I spotted one in my neighborhood Safeway, waiting to go
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Staggering progress on 63

Staggering progress on 63

I don’t travel Highway 63 very often.  It’s not out of fear, but rather circumstance, the last time being over the Christmas holidays when I white-knuckled it all the way back, driving the final 150 kilometres in the dark, something I swore I would never do again in the winter. Traveling to Edmonton on Easter
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Spring’s detritus

Spring’s detritus

As the layers of ice and snow melt away, treasures begin to appear, discarded pieces of this and that, a detritus disaster that could cause profound distress if you let it.  Let’s call it as it is: this is the worst time of year in terms of community cleanliness. If Communities in Bloom judges chose
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A dream that became an Island playground

A dream that became an Island playground

It felt like months since my last visit to MacDonald Island.  Getting swept up in rehearsals and production for Hometown…The Musical! kept me busy on the opposite end of Franklin Avenue.  So, the effect of seeing the entire centre teeming with people yesterday was more pronounced than normal. From the moment we walked into the
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Facebook Poetry

Facebook Poetry

(a poem written by friends on Facebook – March 24, 2013 – a collective creation) TITLE – tba Snow crunching, well past its best before dateWinter’s been harsh; I feel much hateThe fresh blooms of Spring, ohhh I cannot wait… But, wait, the birdsong, it’s not too late,Mother Nature’s wrath has closed its gate…We sit
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Review: The Lesser Blessed

Review: The Lesser Blessed

I read a review of The Lesser Blessed – the film we watched last night as part of the TIFF Film Series at Keyano Theatre –  to start my day, a piece written by Julie Nelson back in September 2012. She described the feature as an “intimate and bleak tale”, “an incredibly dark film”.  I found
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Downtown Arena

Downtown Arena

I haven’t said much about the downtown arena story that erupted last night thanks to a couple of different reasons that I won’t comment on — we have some things to discuss as a Council body before we weigh in on the various versions of the truth that have been offered. At a philosophical level,
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Passing on the nuggets

Passing on the nuggets

Earlier this week, I facilitated a workshop called Marketing in McMurray for a group of about 25 folks either working in or volunteering for the nonprofit sector, or as some of us like to call it, the social profit sector. I talked about a lot of things including the fragmentation of the local media landscape
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Customer service excellence

Customer service excellence

I had it in my head that I wanted to do slow-roasted pork roast yesterday, the ultimate objective being delicious pulled pork bunwiches for dinner.  The first store I went had nothing in a size or fat content that would work, a store that I rarely go into and seldom feel comfortable in.  The second
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