Subway City

Subway City

People that live in New York City are way less likely to have a car than those of us that live in smaller centres. They rely on the tentacle reach of the subway system to get within a convenient couple of blocks of where they want to go. You gotta know what you’re doing, because
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Centre of the Universe

Centre of the Universe

It was a clear day as we flew into New York City airspace to begin our four-day excursion in the Big Apple. Gargantuan mansions started to give way to neighborhoods which gave way to burroughs which served up the landing strip of LaGuardia Airport-named for the transformational Mayor of this great city who served from
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Faces of Fort McMurray, Part 3

Faces of Fort McMurray, Part 3

There are lots of wonderful things about Fort McMurray, but the aspect of our community that I most appreciate is its rich cultural diversity.  Walking through the halls at Keyano College in 2011 is very different than it was when I first made the big move to the educational environment in 1999.  People have come
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Faces of Fort McMurray, Part 2

Faces of Fort McMurray, Part 2

Some of the biggest loads in the world travel through Fort McMurray, often at night, and most definitely in the dead of winter when the road is frozen.  But how do these gargantuan modules traverse traffic lights and other obstructions?  Meet Bob Kinley, one of the Faces of Fort McMurray, and a traffic supervisor with
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Wildfire’s Rapture

Wildfire’s Rapture

The smoke is so thick in Fort McMurray this morning that I can barely see the hills across the Clearwater River. If you were living in a bubble and anticipating the rapture that is supposed to happen today prophesied by tele-vangelist Harold Camping, you might wonder if it had started by looking outside. We have been experiencing
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Faces of Fort McMurray

Faces of Fort McMurray

What is the real story of Fort McMurray?  Why do people come here on the two-year plan and stay for a lifetime (or, at least much of their working life)?  We’ve tried to articulate the answers to these questions with the BIG SPIRIT campaign, attempting, through a marketing platform, to bring into focus why this
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Slave Lake is Burning

Slave Lake is Burning

I was tipped off to the tragic Slave Lake fire situation by a post on Facebook by a colleague of mine, formerly from Northern Lakes College, who made a comment about the scary images that were coming out of the community.  This was shortly after dinner on Sunday, May 15, 2011.  Information was sketchy at
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An untold story

An untold story

It started innocently enough with posting this picture on Facebook, of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen on the bus, a very private moment in the middle of a very public campaign.  I had seen the image in the May 16, 2011 edition of Macleans, a huge publication that covers the federal election,
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The BIG LISTEN

The BIG LISTEN

The fledgling Alberta Party is heading toward a leadership convention, scheduled for May 28th in Edmonton.  Several of the candidates hoping to lead this grassroots organization were in town over the past week continuing the tradition of the BIG LISTEN, a commitment to connect with citizens from across the province in meaningful conversations. A friend
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KISS sells out in 1440 seconds

KISS sells out in 1440 seconds

I had popped into the liquor store to grab some beer when I thought to ask the twenty-something cashier his thoughts on THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH, the Canada ROCKS 2011 headline show on July 2nd in Fort McMurray. “As a young person, what do you think about the KISS thing coming to town?” I
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