Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

McMurray Musings

Billion Dollar Baby

When I heard it labeled as historic I had to agree.

Historic, not in the sense of being representative of the past, but historic in the sense that it has never been seen here before. That little slice of history being made right now? The one billion dollar budget the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is looking at for 2013.

Published in Regulars
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Invisible at 25 Below. A Day In The Life

8 a.m.    Nine people wait outside the Centre of Hope, on Franklin Avenue.  It’s minus 23C.  Some walked over from the Salvation Army, where they slept the night before. Others slept in apartment building lobbies or around cars. It’s referred to as “sleeping rough.” One man says that he slept in the snow, and he invites you to feel his hands. They’re warm.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

A different side of the 24 hour Oil Sands clock

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Brandon Cooper

When one thinks of jobs in the oil sands, there are some that typically spring to mind immediately – engineer, millwright, heavy equipment operator, and more. But there is a group of men and women working in the oil sands that you do not typically think of, who are there each and every day and night, working around the clock to ensure everyone returns home safely at the end of the shift – emergency services.

Essentially, all of the major oil sands operators have their own fire departments right on site with crews that are fully staffed and trained to respond to emergency situations of all kinds. They have all of the same equipment you would find at a typical fire hall, including fire trucks, pumps, ladders, and ambulances.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Shop Local

PHOTOMAGIC FOTO SOURCE

Dan Sorensen said it best when it comes to offering you a reason to shop local – “we’re here to help you tomorrow.”

They’ll be here tomorrow. Certainly. Shopping local is not a fad.  It’s supporting the local economy, and helping local businesses thrive. 

Owned by Sorensen, Photomagic Foto Source has been in our community since 1991.  It is located in the River City Centre and is your one-stop for one-hour photo finishing, camera sales/services, on-location photography, a portrait studio, and more.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Work Life Balance is Not a Myth at Keyano College

“You can’t put a dollar figure on it. Keyano has allowed me to be a full-time mom, and even though I work part-time, I feel like I am a full-time teacher thoroughly committed to my students and to my work,” says Pierre, who has three grown children now.

Pierre is a Keyano veteran. She has been with the college for 26 years in one capacity or another and says being a part-time contract instructor has fulfilled her on many levels.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Fort McMurray Career Centre

Oil Sands Resume - Getting That Interview

Resumes (and their accompanying cover letter) are important documents—resumes speak volumes about you. They cover your entire professional life and they are one of the key pieces to getting a job interview. How can you effectively capture the true “you” while at the same time not boring a recruiter through 13 pages of previous roles and responsibilities?
Your resume is your first introduction to a recruiter, and as the old saying goes, you only get one chance at a first impression. Building a resume from scratch can be an intimidating prospect, but with the proper care and attention, you can help land that all-important interview with an effective resume.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

McMurray Musings

NO FIVE - YEAR PLAN

People come here seeking opportunity, and often find far more than they ever expected…

IT’S FUNNY HOW CONVERSATIONS here in Fort McMurray often include comments about how people came here on “a plan.” I’ve heard people say they came on the “five-year plan,” the “two-year plan,” and the “ten-year plan.” This plan usually means they came here with the intent to stay for five years, two years, or ten years, and then leave, either back to where they originated or off to greener pastures. What’s even funnier is how often the comment is followed with a laugh as they explain how the five-year plan became fifteen years, the two years became ten, and the ten years became a lifetime. I think it’s because there is no such thing as a plan when it comes to choosing this region as home.

Published in Regulars

DURING THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH, NOBODY BITCHED ABOUT NOT HAVING A GO-KART FACILITY NEARBY…



For the most part, everyone was just pretty stoked about the potential to strike it rich. Well, not everyone. In history books and in folklore, there are records of people losing their minds: either from the extreme temperature, the crippling homesickness, or the gamble gone bust.

Sound familiar?

An untapped business market, a high-paying job, a rich husband: we all came to Fort McMurray in a quest for our proverbial goldmine. Maybe you were born here. No matter - your parents came here for the same reasons.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

Fort McMurray Career Centre

OPPORTUNITY. OPPORTUNITY BROUGHT MY WIFE AND I to Fort McMurray in early 2006. It was a joint decision for us newly weds to pack up and leave Victoria, B.C., but it was an amazing opportunity for her to advance her career. My wife moved here in January to start her job in the oil sands, and I followed in February. I had no job prospects, but I was happy that Team Youens was moving forward. Looking back, it was the second best decision of my life. We haven’t looked back since.

Published in Business & Oilsands

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