Straddling cultures

Straddling cultures

Whew! It’s been a week.  With Mayor Blake out of the country, I’ve been hither and thither as Deputy Mayor attending events, announcements, meetings and myriad other adventures while juggling my full-time tasks at Keyano College and at home.  There hasn’t been a moment to sit down and capture the story about meeting former Prime
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Metrics of my life

Metrics of my life

I am a creature of metrics.  There, I’ve said it, and I’ve shared it. Perhaps we are all measuring creatures at one level or another; in some ways, we need to be.  We need to watch the money coming in to make sure it balances off with the money going out.  We have to watch
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One conversation at a time

One conversation at a time

“How many of you are visiting Fort McMurray for the first time?” I asked an impressive delegation of student leaders from the University of Alberta last night during a question and answer session, filling in for Mayor Blake in my role as Deputy Mayor.  Most hands shot up in the air. “How many people had
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Complicity

Complicity

I think you need to be mentally prepared to “enjoy” Keyano Theatre Company’s production of Extremities.  I fear that if you come to this show expecting to be “entertained” in the traditional sense, you might emerge at the end of act two shell-shocked and a little unsure about how to answer the requisite question that
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Edge of Extremities

Edge of Extremities

It was great to see the smiling face of Paul Gelineau in the lobby of Keyano Theatre last night, welcoming a huge contingent of local media representatives and bloggers for the Extremities media call.  Paul spent nine years as Artistic Director of the company, producing an impressive body of work that includes some of my
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Comfortably Numb

Comfortably Numb

This was the thirteenth day of waking up on pillows that were not my own.  I am so happy to be back in Fort McMurray after a long stretch of being away, attending the Communities Collaborating Conference in Ontario and joining my family for a Thanksgiving weekend getaway in Vancouver.  We were in the door
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Drawings from Tamarack CCI

Drawings from Tamarack CCI

I’ve always been a doodler, but it was only after this summer’s Mindcamp that I began doodling with intent.  Mind-mapping quickly grew into a way of wrapping my brain around complex issues or systems. Fast-forward a few weeks to this trip to the Communities Collaborating Institute in Kitchener and a long overdue visit with my cousin
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Entertaining Elements

Entertaining Elements

Nancy was pretty insistent that our group dinner on Tuesday night was going to be special. I could see it in her eyes as she talked about it. She was absolutely bang on! Located in a store that hasn’t even opened yet – Entertaining Elements – Dinner with the Chef is only one of the
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Toronto spaces and places

Toronto spaces and places

In advance of attending Tamarack’s Communities Collaborating Institute, I was given the opportunity by Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo to go on a tour of shared spaces and cultural places in Toronto.  I jumped at the chance as this experiential approach to fact-finding really works with me; I found that out in June at the Federation
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Channeling the giants

Channeling the giants

I had a vision last night of Matt Andersen being transported back in time to the summer of 1969, emerging onto the stage on Max Yasgur’s farm, and beginning an epic romp through “Ain’t No Sunshine”. I saw a million heads popping out of the tarps and tents protecting them from the rain, the purple
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