The Changing Face of Media

The Changing Face of Media

“I heard about it first on Twitter.” “There was a post on Facebook that tipped me off.” “I got a BBM message from my former roomate who has a friend who saw it.” I’m almost certain that most of us have heard one of these sentences, or something similar, in relation to a major news
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Fishing Frenzy

Fishing Frenzy

Trying to do the math on exactly how many fish I’ve caught in the past 7 days would be difficult.  The number would probably be in the 50 to 60 range.  But I can say with absolute certainty that I’ve caught more fish in the past week, than I have during the entirety of the
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Old Ray Dog

Old Ray Dog

The name hit me upside the head as I turned the page of the Fort McMurray Today from last Friday (July 8, 2011).  Nestled at the top of the column, the notice from the Operating Engineers Local 955 was in the place  reserved for those who have met their end.  Ray G. Kenehan had died
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Monsoon Camping

Monsoon Camping

It was our first weekend at home without the kids since Ben was born over 8 years ago.  We decided to take the opportunity to go on a rare overnight tenting adventure to Gregoire Lake.  The last time we did that it was the May long weekend of 2001. We had pitched ourselves that year
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Eagle’s flying close to the ground

Eagle’s flying close to the ground

There is a tree at the confluence of the Snye and the Clearwater that is a favourite perch for some amazing birds.  The other day it was a massive blue heron that vaulted itself off the old branch hovering high above MacDonald Island, stretching its long beautiful body as it swooped across the river.  Yesterday,
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Meeting Mr. Simmons

Meeting Mr. Simmons

Right after two Fort McMurray RCMP officers had their picture taken, it was our turn.  Dylan and I stood at the ready as Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley, and Tommy Thayer posed against a backdrop featuring their tour logo.  A box with an 8-inch lift had been pre-placed on the ground, giving Mr. Singer
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The Hottest Show on Earth

The Hottest Show on Earth

After a bucketful of build up, the day has finally arrived when THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH will happen in Fort McMurray.  Just a few short months ago the idea of hosting KISS, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, was a pipe dream, a wistful longing, an unreachable Rosebud.  Now, Gene Simmons
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Games on

Games on

We arrived at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre just before 12 noon, the appointed time for the final visit of the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games selection committee.  Dylan, Ben and I walked into the building, a little unsure how to proceed as the cavernous entrance hallway was lined with people cheering and banging thundersticks.
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Pike Niblets

Pike Niblets

We woke up this morning to the familiar smell of smoke thanks to a northwest wind blowing the detritus from the mammoth Richardson Lake fire, now smoldering muskeg.  Patrick, staying over at our house for a few days, decided to join me for some early morning fishing at the confluence of the Snye and the Clearwater River.
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Heart of Wood Buffalo

Heart of Wood Buffalo

“Who’s gonna play your music, if you don’t play it yourself?” asked Michael Jones, using a music metaphor to capture the essence of community leadership. Nominees and presenters at the 2011 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards A total of 28 nominees gathered in Keyano Theatre along with their nominators, friends and family for the
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