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It’s election season, YMM. My grandfather had a saying: If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. Know what? That holds true today. So if you’re interested in a better community in some way, shape or form, think about it and get out and support the candidates you want.

Northern Kickoff

Years ago, people would have scoffed at the idea of a CFL game in Fort McMurray. Now it’s a reality. June 13, 2015 will be here before you know it as the Edmonton Eskimos host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at the new SMS Stadium at Shell Place.

City Centre McMurray Half Marathon

Birchwood Trails is beautiful, but road races are meant to be on the street. Kudos to the organizers of the new City Centre McMurray Half Marathon weekend. It will be a great time on September 15 and it’s a sign our community is taking the next step.

Oil Barons

Yep, it’s the time of the year again. The Casman Centre will be rocking as the Fort McMurray Oil Barons return to the ice this month. It should be a great year for the Barons with a ton of returning players back in the mix this season.

New Save on Foods

Only in ymm do we celebrate new commercial development at every turn, but a new grocery store on the north side is much needed. The new Save on Foods in Timberlea is huge and is right across the street from the best place to purchase spirits – at the Petro Canada station.

K-Rock going old school

100.5 K-Rock is known for cranking out the classics, but word on the street is that they’re going to be revealing a big surprise in the coming months. Pretty cool move that will tie in with the K-Rock brand and their relationship with the Fort McMurray Fire Department.



The ugly side of politics is also on display. With the RMWB election on October 21, it’s amazing the posturing that’s going on. Amazing how far things can get from actually advancing the community as personal ambition takes centre stage for many people...

Heritage Park

At press time, Heritage Park had taken a hit with the flood. It’s a key part of our community so here’s to hoping that all orders of government will step up to help Heritage Park get back to what it was was before the flood.

Provincial Highways

The RMWB takes a lot of heat around transportation issues, but in reality it’s the Province that often drops the ball. Remember, Highway 63 is provincial jurisdiction, and while the RMWB has done its part on Confederation and Thickwood, it needs the Province to deliver on the rest of it.


You can catch a flick at Landmark Cinemas and while the service is also great, that’s about it. Time for a better movie-going experience in Fort McMurray. Question is, who is going to step up to make this happen?

More restaurants

YMM has a collection of great pubs, however we need more actual restaurant choices, especially of the high-ish end variety. Ms. B’s and Smitty’s are great family spots, but let’s faceit, a guy can only bring a lady to The Keg so many times.


As we ramp up discussions around downtown redevelopment, let’s hope we all remember the importance of communications and engagement. You can have the best idea in the world, but if people feel it’s being forced on them, it won’t be supported or sustainable.