Anticipation

Anticipation

On Tuesday morning we will be holding a press conference at MacDonald Island Park, the site of what will be the biggest entertainment event in Fort McMurray history.  There are a few people, scattered throughout the community, who are privy to the name of the artist who will be the feature attraction of Canada ROCKS
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Deer in the Tulips

Deer in the Tulips

Heather and I went for a nice walk last night, down Fraser, over to Borealis Park, then all the way to the bridge construction project along the shore of the Athabasca River.  We had enjoyed a rare late dinner as we had the house to ourselves, both boys being out for the night.  A brisk
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Ultimate Easter Sunday Family Fun

Ultimate Easter Sunday Family Fun

Easter Sunday is a wonderful day to spend with family, enjoying each other’s company, great food and a good dose of fun.  Keyano Theatre Company, in partnership with Ovations Catering and Banquets, is proud to present a tremendous package that will make this year’s edition of Easter extra special. Start your experience off with an
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Break Up, Ice Jams and Flood Risk

Break Up, Ice Jams and Flood Risk

Every year at this time, residents of Fort McMurray crane their necks as they’re crossing the bridge to see if they can catch a rare glimpse of the river break event.  It is the rite of passage from winter to spring, an annual observance ripe with the potential of devastation.  River break always entails a chance
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Grade Six

Grade Six

It had been a long time since I stood in front of a class of pubescent pre-teens, probably 12 or 13 years.  The last time I had been to the Fort McKay School to talk to a class with my radio hat on.  I honestly don’t remember what the subject was or what the occasion
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Spring’s Relief

Spring’s Relief

Dragging the rake through grass caked with detritus from winter is such a relief.  The last vestige of ice has melted away in the front yard allowing me the chance to complete the first grooming of the grass, brown, wilted, yet hopeful for the growth that is just beginning to stir in the roots. The
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Screen withdrawal

Screen withdrawal

Both of my sons found themselves in hot water this week.  I knew it was something a little out of the ordinary when I received a text message followed by a vitriolic email from my lovely wife.  She vents best using her typing fingers. “What do you think an appropriate punishment would be?” she asked.
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Protest to Party

Protest to Party

I packed up Ben and Dylan and brought them over to Doug MacRae Park to witness a protest turned party in support of the music programs at Keyano College. As we walked through the central part of the campus out into the front park it was pretty quiet. But within a few minutes people started
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Pep Rally

Pep Rally

I have to admit that before today I had no idea who Bob Harper was, or anything about the show that he hosts on NBC called The Biggest Loser.  I’m not a big television watcher, but even if I was, chances are that I would skip over shows related to health and fitness (regrettably).  So,
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Island Forest

Island Forest

As 500 friends gathered for a stunning 8-course meal and celebration of the first anniversary of the opening of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park, we were taken back in time to when this patch of land surrounded by the Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers and the Snye was in the cross hairs
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